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Homemade Lime Curd Green Cupcakes

Homemade green cupcakes with lime curd recipe is here! Perfect for Christmas or a St. Patricks day cake. If you wanted to make just 6 Cupcakes, enough for your family after dinnertime I would use cake mix as directed in the instructions below, colored green.

Green Cupcakes

Lime curd cupcakes are not only so pretty with a brilliant color on the outside and inside but delicious too. Use regular limes or key limes to make the cake homemade, with mix, frosting from scratch and the filling too. Great for the holidays or a slime birthday party. (affiliate links present)

Key Lime Cupcakes

You can make these as shown here as “regular” sizes or this is How Long to Bake Mini Cupcakes if you want teeny tiny ones. I will say that those don’t work as well since you need some room for the curd filling but to each their own.

For a smaller batch you would just adjust the filling. Similar to our Candy Filled Cupcakes you are going to fill the middle with YUM. In that case you would just cut the curd recipe in half and if you have leftovers of that it saves well in the fridge in jars to use again for your next small batch dessert treats.

Lime Curd Recipe

Lime Curd Recipe

The inside is made like our Homemade Lemon Curd but with a different key lime pie type of citrus flavor. The coloring is intensified with gel food coloring but is optional of course. If you wanted to keep the filling as is the cake and frosting will still feature the bold color you see when served.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup regular or bottled key lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • Unsalted butter

We have used this to make Curd Cookies as well which are basically thumprints with this dolloped in the center for texture and a bold flavor. If you do want to go all the way and make cupcakes from scratch you will also need;

  • Butter softened, unsalted
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • Egg whites
  • Greek Yogurt vanilla, or sour cream works
  • 1/3 c milk
  • Fresh lime juice is always best
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lime zest
  • All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Large bowl

Gel food coloring is the most brilliant to make green velvet cupcakes of sorts I think. With the old fashioned liquid coloring you thin out the batter a bit and need much more than the Wilton thicker paste like green.

Key Lime Curd

How to Make Key Lime Curd

Begin by making the lime curd because it needs to chill in the refrigerator in order to set. In a small sauce pan, add the eggs, sugar, salt, lime juice and zest.  Whisk until smooth. Heat over medium until the mixture begins to bubble. 

  • Stir constantly until the mixture thickens.  Remove from the heat. Set out a medium sized bowl and strain the curd mixture – this should capture most of the lime zest and any potential cooked egg pieces. 
  • Add in the butter and food coloring and whisk until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap so that it is touching the top of the curd to prevent a film from forming during the chill time. 
  • Allow to cool in the fridge for about an hour in order to set up.
    • don’t worry, if you only want to add a bit and have leftovers you can use it to make Lemon Curd Cake but with a lime flavor instead.
  • While making the curd and/or during the chill time, make the cupcakes.

You can use white mix for a quick cake mix hack with green food coloring to make them quicker if you’d rather. I’d still make the curd and just fill those the same way as directed here once they have cooled.

Slime Cupcakes

How to Make Slime Cupcakes

You could call this a Muffin Recipe with Curd too, I mean I am guilty of enjoying one of these for breakfast because…well I am an adult so I am allowed to do things like that now. 😉

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan(s), set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softed butter and granulated sugar.
  • Add in the egg whites and continue to mix on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes or until light and fluffy looking.
  • Add in the vanilla, lime zest, food coloring, yogurt, milk and lime juice.  Mix until combined. 
  • Finally, combine with the mixed dry ingredients of; salt, baking powder and flour.  Mix on low speed for about a minute and then medium speed for another minute until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide equally among the cupcake liners – fill each cavity about 3/4 full. 
  • Bake for approximately 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserting in the center of one cupcake comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating. 

As for the frosting I do have instructions for from scratch below but you could certainly use a tub of vanilla and just color that. The easiest and cheapest way to swirl and make that pretty on top is with a pint freezer bag, zipped, with corner cut off to squeeze out. Jump to recipe and let us know what you think.

Lime Cupcakes

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Green Cupcakes

How to make green cupcakes for a slime party or to fill with our homemade key lime curd in the middle for St. Patrick's day cupcakes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cupcakes, green, lime, lime curd
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 316kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Lime Curd

Green Cupcakes

Green Frosting

Instructions

  • Begin by making the lime curd because it needs to chill in the refrigerator in order to set. In a small sauce pan, combine the eggs, sugar, salt, lime juice and zest.  Whisk until smooth. Heat over medium until the mixture begins to bubble. 
  • Then stir constantly until the mixture thickens.  Remove from the heat. Set out a medium sized bowl and strain the curd mixture – this should capture most of the lime zest and any potential cooked egg pieces.  Add in the butter and food coloring and whisk until the butter has melted and the mixture is smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap so that it is touching the top of the curd to prevent a film from forming during the chill time.  Allow to cool in the fridge for about an hour in order to set up.
  • While making the curd and/or during the chill time, make the cupcakes. For homemade cupcakes:  preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your cupcake pan(s), set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softed butter and granulated sugar.Add in the egg whites and continue to mix on medium speed for an additional 2 minutes or until light and fluffy looking.
  • Add in the vanilla, lime zest, food coloring, yogurt, milk and lime juice.  Mix until combined.  Finally, combine with the salt, baking powder and flour.  Mix on low speed for about a minute and then medium speed for another minute until thoroughly combined. Divide equally among the cupcake liners – fill each cavity about 3/4 full.  Bake for approximately 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserting in the center of one cupcake comes out clean.  ** Or use white cake mix with green food coloring to make boxed cupcakes.
  • Allow to cool completely before decorating. For the frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the softened butter, salt and vanilla.  Cream until smooth.  Add in approximately half of the powdered sugar and half of the milk. Mix on low speed until combined. Add in the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.  Bump up the speed and mix for an additional minute until the frosting is light and fluffy – should be a stiff consistency – do not add the remaining milk unless the frosting still looks dry at this point.  Mix again. Add in your desired food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled and the curd has set up, it’s time to decorate.  Transfer the frosting to a piping bag (or ziploc bag) fitted with a large round tip (or just a hole cut in the end), set aside.  Transfer the lime curd to a piping bag (or ziploc bag), set aside.
  • Scoop out the center of each cupcake.  Cut a hole in the tip of the lime curd bag and carefully pipe enough in the void of each cupcake to fill but not overflow.  Gently replace the reserved cupcake piece on top of the lime curd to cover the curd and give the frosting something to grab on to.
  • With the frosting bag, begin on the outside edge of the cupcake and squeeze the frosting carefully to go around the cupcake and then spiral inwards and up to cover the curd and create a mound.  Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.

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Nutrition Facts
Green Cupcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 316mg14%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 543IU11%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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