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Tangy Lime Cupcakes with Poppy Seeds

These delicious lime cupcakes are tangy and tasty, and the poppy seeds gives them a lovely crunch. The cupcakes are flavored with fresh lime zest and juice and the frosting features vanilla and lime. You can make the frosting ahead if you wish. It keeps in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Just bring it to room temperature and beat it for a bit before using, if you do wish to make it ahead.

Cupcakes can be made in many different flavors and perhaps you have made citrus ones before, using orange or lemon. Actually if you want to, you can swap some of the lime for orange or lemon in this recipe, just to alter the taste a little. This recipe makes 12 cupcakes so you can double it if you wish. These cupcakes are so yummy it is hard to limit yourself to eating just one at a time!

Because these cupcakes are so pretty they make nice birthday cakes. If you are looking for an alternative to the standard birthday cake recipe why not make a batch of these and put a candle in each one, the number of candles corresponding to the age of the person you are baking for (well, within reason!) That is a great idea for birthdays and there is no cutting involved either, since everyone gets their own cupcake.

Lime and Poppy Seed Cupcake Recipe
Summary: Lime and poppy seeds unite to make these tangy, mouthwatering cupcakes. The smooth, creamy frosting is flavored with lime and vanilla for a rich taste.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 12
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • Juice of 4 limes
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
For the Frosting:
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 1⅓ cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • Few drops of green food coloring (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. First make the cupcake batter.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl, then stir in the sugar.
  4. Set this bowl aside.
  5. Whisk the egg and egg white with the oil and milk in another bowl.
  6. Whisk in the lime juice and zest.
  7. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir.
  8. Fold in the poppy seeds.
  9. Pour the batter into 12 oiled muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  10. Let them cool on a wire rack.
  11. Beat the butter for 2 minutes using an electric mixer.
  12. Add the powdered sugar bit by bit, beating well between additions.
  13. Beat in the lime zest and vanilla, as well as a few drops of green food coloring if using.
  14. Smooth the frosting over the cooled cupcakes using a palette knife, or pipe it on.
  15. Sprinkle a few poppy seeds on top.

Photo Description:

These cupcakes are beautiful and you can make them in oiled muffin cups or use paper cases, as you wish. The candle on top is optional but you could make these cakes for a birthday if you wish. If you do not have poppy seeds or do not like them, these are nice without them, but they do add a lovely crunch which many people enjoy, and they look attractive on the finished cupcakes too. This is a simple recipe and you can make it without an electric beater but it is easier with one. The batter should be mixed well enough for the poppy seeds to be evenly distributed but if the batter does have a few lumps in, it does not really matter with this recipe.


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