Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes

You may be reading this and thinking I’m crazy for sharing a Key Lime recipe as we are gearing up for fall recipes consisting of apples and pumpkins but these were to good not to share, and even easier to make as it uses box cake mix.  

This past weekend we celebrated Labor Day at my parents cottage and what better way to end summer than with the taste of key lime.  At first I was preparing to whip up some key lime bars to use up key lime juice.  I remembered I had a box of cake mix in the pantry I also wanted to use up to free up some room.  For this I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Golden Butter Cake Mix.   I also substituted the water for coconut milk.

These turned out moist and delicious with that subtle hint of coconut and key lime, making them the perfect little cupcake.

Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes
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Yield:  24 cupcakes

1 18.25oz box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Golden Butter Cake Mix (or similar)
⅓ cup butter, softened
3  large eggs
⅓ cup key lime juice
⅔ cup canned coconut milk

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Mix cake mix with butter, eggs, key lime juice and coconut milk until blended.  Pour in to lined cupcake tin ⅔ full.  Bake for 20-24 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack.

Coconut Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners sugar
4 tablespoons canned coconut milk
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Cream butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  Slowly add in confectioners sugar until all is combined and blended.  Stir in vanilla extract, and coconut milk until frosting is creamy.  
Fill pastry bag and pipe on cupcakes or frost as desired.  
Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Happy baking! 

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  1. No, I am with you, these flavors are favorites just like chocolate. Pumpkin and spice can only be tolerated for a short amount of time and I don’t want to read only recipes for pumpkin for 3 months! Yum, yum. I agree with Tina, we can call these snowball cupcakes during the winter!

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