Key Lime Cupcakes

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Seriously, is there anything more festive than a cupcake?  I think not.  A simple green cupcake recipe that looks festive and tastes delicious is about as good as it gets.  You’ll be making these again and again…not just for St. Paddy’s Day.  Come summer, this is the perfect bite for sitting out by the pool.  Key Lime Cupcakes…delicious!
 And here are your main ingredients…simple, right?  The Key Lime frosting is seasonal (along with Pink Lemonade and Orange Creamsicle)…if you’re making this and can’t find the frosting, don’t despair   You can click here to see my homemade Key Lime frosting or you can just frost these key lime cupcakes with a simple vanilla frosting.  They will be delicious either way!
Shopping List
1 box white cake mix (plus eggs, oil and water per box directions to prepare)
1 small box instant Lime Jello
3 key limes (or two regular limes), zest and juice
1 can key lime frosting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In your mixing bowl, prepare white cake mix per box directions.  Using your electric mixer, beat in your box of lime Jello, 1 tablespoon of lime zest and 2 tablespoons of lime juice.  Divide batter between 24 cupcake lined  muffin tins. 
Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let cupcakes cool 5 minutes in muffin tin before removing them to wire rack to finish cooling.
Once cupcakes are cooled, frost each cupcake with Key Lime frosting and garnish with a little key lime zest.

That’s it!  Simple and delicious (and green!).
These little cupcakes will be a huge hit for St. Paddy’s Day!
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  • Alissa Wilbur March 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Oh wow!!!! Those look so so so amazing!!!! I can't wait to try them!!!

  • The Dose of Reality March 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    YUM! I love cupcakes and I love key lime! It always reminds me of growing up in Texas. šŸ™‚

  • Aubs March 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    sweet + citrus = amazing!!! and festive too?? its a cuppy cake jackpot!! =)

  • Kristin @ w/milk and sugar March 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    yum! I love anything lime or citrus. And so easy with the jello mix.

  • Whitney B. March 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    These look SO good and I love anything that can come from a box!!

  • Deb March 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    OH MY…these sound delicious! I will be looking for that Key Lime frosting. Thanks for sharing, have a super day.

  • mindy@thesuburbanlife March 6, 2013 at 4:32 am

    These look delish! I absolutely love Key Lime anything. There's something so exotic about that little green gem. Can't wait to try these! šŸ™‚

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} March 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

    These are super cute, and I LOVE key lime. Will be trying these for sure!

  • Jenna March 7, 2013 at 2:24 am

    YUM! I am so trying these! Awesome recipe!

  • Diana Mathias March 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I just made key lime cookies with the same frosting! I'm sure the cupcakes were just as good šŸ™‚


  • Sara March 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I made these last night and they are FABULOUS. I left out the zest, substituted cream cheese frosting, and put green sprinkles on top. My friends at work loved them! Thank you for a yummy and easy recipe.

  • Donna March 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I'm new to your blog and I enjoy following your cute family. I'm also a huge fan of The Bachelor, so it's a double treat. You are the same age as my oldest daughter, so reading your entries reminds me of my family, also.

    I made the jello cupcakes today and, sadly, I had to throw them out. They were very heavy. I'm glad I tried one before frosting all 24 with my famous cream cheese frosting. What is your secret? (I even whipped the batter on high to try and fluff the batter).

    I look forward to trying more recipes, though.

    Donna in Fairview, TX

  • Mix and Match Mama March 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Hmmm…what do you mean "they were heavy"? Because you are using a Jello mix in your batter, the batter itself will be thicker. Did the cupcake taste bad? Please explain and I'll try to help!!

  • Donna March 12, 2013 at 2:32 am

    They were kinda gluey, not fluffy as a normal cake (the toothpick came out clean). I think if I were to make them again, I would add more lime zest and juice. The jello made the flavor artificial, too.

    BTW….I'm watching Sean and Catherine as I type this. So cute and in love!


  • Anonymous March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I made these last night and the entire family loved them! I used green sprinkles instead of zest on top. These are a perfect St Patty Day treat, thanks for sharing the recipe!