Triple Citrus Cupcakes with Lime Glaze

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Triple citrus cupcakesCulinary throw-down: prepare a dessert elegant enough to complement friends’ upscale picnic contributions, portable, and cannot compete in flavor with the other two desserts: Larry’s Famous Brownies As Seen In Bon Appétit, plus a batch of caramel corn. The venue? A cemetery, but not to visit dearly departed. We were there to picnic and watch an outdoor movie projected on the mausoleum wall. More about THAT in an upcoming post, but first, you need to meet these Triple Citrus Cupcakes with Lime Glaze.

Lemon, lime and orange in a neat little cake, the glaze itself packs the pucker power I was hoping for. In my copy of Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes cookbook, the recipes typically need some adjusting to fit my life (and, isn’t this all about MY LIFE??). This one made THREE DOZEN cupcakes, oh come on!  Six adults do not need that many, so I cut the recipe to one-third, presumably to produce a dozen. As luck would have it, it made 10. YEA, six for the picnic and four for the cook! PS – do you like those darling cupcake papers? They’re from Wilton, a generous sponsor of Camp Blogaway.

Triple Citrus Cupcakes with Lime Glaze

Adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes cookbook

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon zest from a fresh lemon
  • 1 tablespoon zest from a fresh lime
  • 1 tablespoon zest from a fresh orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • Lime Glaze, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line standard size muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In small bowl, whisk together flour and salt, set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter and sugar, scraping down the sides every few minutes. Add citrus zests. Reduce speed to medium, add vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each.

Reduce speed to slow, add flour 1/4 cup at a time, scraping bowl occasionally until well blended.  Divide batter evenly among the cupcake cups, to about 2/3 full (my batter filled 10 cups).  Bake until cake tester poked into cupcake center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven, let sit for 10 minutes. Remove from tins and place on wire rack to cool completely. Frost with citrus glaze and sprinkle with zest. Makes 10 cupcakes.

LIME GLAZE: in small bowl, blend together 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar and 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice until smooth. Add more sugar or juice if you want a thicker or thinner glaze. Frost each cupcake and sprinkle with a little lime zest.

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1 Worth The Whisk August 8, 2010 at 7:58 am

Greg, yes that is the place. It is a big commitment to the whole process but definitely lots of fun. More in a future post on the experience!

2 sippitysup August 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Was your movie at the Hollywood Cemetery? We go there sometimes. The line is horrendous, but it can be a special evening none the less, especially with sophisticated little treats such as these “grown up” cupcakes! GREG

3 zoesmom August 6, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Not only mouthwatering to look at but the idea of CITRUS makes my mouth water even more. Cannot wait to try these.

4 A Canadian Foodie August 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

Triple citrus and summer! The perfect match! YUM! ANd they look lovely, too!
I apologize for being so far behind on my readings. We left for Paris mid July and I am still away in Belgrade, currently. I cannot wait to get home and cook!

5 Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious August 5, 2010 at 6:43 am

Love all parts of this….the triple citrus, the cupcake papers, the whole movie at the cemetery thing. What a life you have!

6 marla {family fresh cooking} August 4, 2010 at 6:25 am

These cupcakes sound awesome, the triple citrus makes ’em special indeed. I am sure they were a hit at the upscale picnic!

7 Kelly August 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

A movie projected in the cemetary. Sounds like some interesting ambiance! I feel that way about baking recipes in general. Someone should really make a cookbook of desserts that are more appropriate if you don’t have to bake for a full brood!

8 Table Scraps August 3, 2010 at 2:05 am

They sound and look FABULOUS! And I love the cupcake liners.

9 Lynne@CookandBeMerry August 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Those cupcake papers are really cute! Were they square to begin with or do they come folded? Where do you get them? I love citrus zest in baked goods and these looks delicious.

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