Ok, I know what you're thinking....key lime cupcakes in September? Aren't we supposed to be going into fall and flavors like pumpkin spice? I know, I know. But in my defense I fixed these cupcakes back over the summer when key lime was a very relevant and appropriate flavor and am just now having time to post them.
I love baking cakes from scratch and normally do, but this recipe that uses box mix was too good not to pass on. It's SO SO SO moist! It's also a great recipe to whip up when you're short on time and/or ingredients.
I paired the cupcake with a cream cheese frosting, however I don't doubt you could pair it with a buttercream. I just happen to believe that cream cheese makes everything taste better :)
Key Lime Cake
1 (18.25 oz) box lemon cake mix
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3 oz package lime flavored gelatin mix (aka jello)
3/4 C orange juice
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into prepared cupcake liners and bake according to box instructions. *Make sure not to over-bake...otherwise these won't turn out as moist as they should*
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 C margarine, softened
4 C confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Combine all ingredients into stand mixer and beat until smooth. Frost cupcakes with desire tip.
*I always love lots of frosting and did an extra 1/2 of this recipe so I had plenty to work with.
I forgot to take pics while baking, but I did manage to sneak just one before all of these were gobbled up. Enjoy!!