Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bday Cupcakes & NOTD :)

Monday was hubs to be 27th birthday and I made some strawberry lime cupcakes for him. They turned out pretty great, even though it took me 3 times to get the frosting right. We both decided that next time I will just make a whipped cream frosting with lime instead. I wanted to take pictures and post them, but they didn't look as pretty as I had hoped. The strawberry stuffed inside made it almost impossible to put the icing on.. So instead I will just post the delish recipe.

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice


1 drop green food coloring

  • 6 large ripe strawberries, hulled
  • Green sanding sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves or candied leaves

Equipment: 6-cup jumbo muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the butter and then the vanilla.

While mixing slowly, add half the dry ingredients, then add all the milk, and follow with the rest of the dry ingredients. Take care not to over mix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared tin.

Bake until a tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove. Cool on the rack completely.

For icing: Mix the confectioners' sugar and lime zest in a medium bowl. Add the lime juice and mix with an electric mixer to make a firm but pourable icing. (If needed, add up to 1 teaspoon more juice, but take care if the icing is too loose it doesn't set properly.) Add food color to make a pale pastel green icing.

To assemble: Remove cupcake from its liner. Cut and remove a strawberry (coned) shaped portion of cupcake from the top of each cupcake, leaving about 1/2 to 1-inch of cake in the bottom. Stuff each cake with a strawberry and cover with a little bit of cake. Spoon and spread icing over the top of the cupcakes. Sprinkle with green sanding sugar. Top with small mint leaves or candied leaves.

...And this is what they are supposed to look like.

Now on to my summer-y notd! I really love this color, just not sure if I love it on me. In some light it looks good, others.. not so much. I think this would look best on someone who has a bit darker complexion than me. This color was also pretty streaky, so I had to use 3 coats.


  1. Very cute nails!! I like the yellow.

    Was that frosting just wayyyy too sweet?

  2. How do you get your nails to look like that, those are your real nails, right? :)

  3. Yes, they are real! I use a nail strengthener, push the cuticles back, and trim once a week. :)