So, after making these cupcakes I was anxious to try some variations to the recipe. Here is my recipe for Cherry Limeade Cupcakes.
Cupcakes (makes 12): adapted from this recipe 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp) 3/4 cup sugar 3 large eggs (room temp) 1 1/2 cups flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 2 packets Cherry Limeade on-the-go drink mix. (I got the generic Wal-mart Great Value brand) zest of one lime
-preheat oven to 350* -in a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Sift or whisk with a fork. -in large bowl beat butter lime zest and sugar for 2 minutes on high. -add eggs one at a time beating for 30 seconds between each egg. -in a measuring cup add milk and drink mix. Mix well. -add flour mixture alternating with milk mixture. You should start and end with flour. (3 additions flour, 2 additions milk) -Divide batter among lined cupcake tray. -Bake for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick come out clean. Cool completely.
-with mixer, cream butter and shortening together. -add powdered sugar one cup at a time. mix until all powdered sugar is Incorporated. -mix milk and drink mix in small measuring cup. -add vanilla, and milk and beat until thick and creamy.
The cupcakes were delicious, but the frosting was a little to sweet for my liking. Next time I'd stick with the original cream cheese version from this recipe.
The cupcakes are YUM-MEE! They taste so fresh and summery. I found the recipe here.
I added pink food coloring to the frosting, pipped it on the cupcakes, and then added one raspberry and a mint leaf. I think they looked elegant. You could also add pink or red food coloring to the batter if you liked.
As a variation, you could try this same recipe with an orange flavored crystal light and orange zest. Or, I've seen a limeade crystal light that might be fun with lime zest.