Wednesday, April 13, 2011

mango-lime cupcakes

The boy and I do not enjoy cooking.  Which means that 6/7 days of the week we go out to eat, order in or pick up ready made meals at our local grocery store.  This is an expensive and unhealthy habit that we are trying to break.  The boy has been away in Arizona for work the past few days so I had no choice but to go to the grocery store, pick up a few ingredients and make a veggie lasagna with ground round, spinach, ricotta cheese and lots of mozza.  And you know what- it wasn't half bad!

As a coming home present I decided to whip up a batch of mango-lime cupcakes from my Betty Crocker cupcake book.  If it was up to me, I'd only eat chocolate cupcakes but the boy likes fruit so I thought it would be a loving compromise.  I love watching shows like Cupcake Girls, DC Cupcakes and Cupcake Wars and always toy with the idea of taking cupcake classes so that I too may master the art of cupcake baking and decorating.  But since Le Cordon Bleu classes will run you a few hundred for a couple of hours, my Betty Crocker cookbook and 'I Kiss Better than I Cook' apron will have to do for now.

Cupcakes: Heat oven to 350 F.  Place baking cups inside of muffin cups.  In small bowl mix 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp salt.  Set aside.  In medium bowl beat 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter and 1/3 cup granulated sugar with tlectric mixer on medium speed for 1 min.  On low speed add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Alternately add flour mixture and 1/3 cup milk, beating after each addition until smooth.  Beat in 1 tsp lime peel.  Stir in mango.  Divide batter evenly among baking cups.  Bake 12 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 30 mins. 

Icing: In medium bowl, beat 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter; 2 cups icing sugar; 1/2 tsp grated lime peel and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Ice cupcakes and decorate with grated lime peel.


  1. You should check out "Hello Cupcake" and "What's up, Cupcake". They are two amazing books on how to decorate cupcakes. They look delicious.

  2. Cooking is an important skill to have for your health. Home-cooked food is so much better for you than store-bought. I hope you continue to learn more about this.

  3. My boy loves cooking.
    I can't cook.
    I suck at it.
    I made cookies explode in the oven once.
    It was a massacre.
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  4. Those Cupcake look yummy

  5. ooOoO mango cupcake sounds really good~~~~~~~ =) I hardly make sweets cuz I don’t eat them very much~ but I always drool over the pictures hahah

    ~*~HitomiNeko ~*~
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  6. I love lime, and mango so these look delicious. I'm big on chocolate, and my boyfriend is more of a fruit person too. Maybe it's a guy thing lol.
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  7. oh those look delicious. I have a huge sweet tooth.

    I actually love cooking and baking. It is the cleaning up afterward that I hate.

  8. I will take a dozen of those yummy cupcakes please. Also I want a I kiss better than a cook apron because I cant cook so I hope I can kiss.

    Write it in Lipstick

  9. Those look really good
    I will admit I do like to watch an episode or two of Cupcake Wars.

  10. this sounds soooo delicious. and how pretty are they with that lime zest?! i definitely got to try this.

    i tagged you on my blog. participate if you feel like it. but no pressure. hope you have a fantastic weekend!

    Claire @


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