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Mini Key Lime Cupcakes

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  • Prep 40 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 48
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Make mini cakes for maximum satisfaction. Cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting make prep super easy.
Created Sep 24, 2014
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  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) Key lime or regular lime juice
  • 4 drops green food colour
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) icing sugar

  • 48 regular-size paper baking cups
  • 1 box Betty Crocker* SuperMoist* Golden Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

  • 1 container Betty Crocker* Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Key lime or regular lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated Key lime or regular lime peel


  • 1
    In large bowl, beat pudding mix and whipping cream with whisk 2 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes. Beat in 1/4 cup Key lime juice and the food colour; stir in icing sugar until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box. Spoon about 1 rounded tablespoonful batter into each muffin cup, using about half of the batter. (Muffin cups will be about one-third full.) Refrigerate remaining batter. Bake 11 to 15 minutes (14 to 20 minutes for dark or nonstick pan) or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining baking cups and batter. Cool cupcakes completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 3
    Remove paper baking cups from cupcakes. Swirl about 2 teaspoons topping on top of each cupcake.
  • 4
    Stir frosting in container 20 times. Gently stir in 1 tablespoon Key lime juice and the lime peel. Spoon frosting into 1-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut 1/2-inch opening from bottom corner of bag. Squeeze 1 rounded teaspoonful frosting from bag onto topping. Garnish with fresh lime wedge, if desired. Store in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Tip: If you have only one pan and a recipe calls for more cupcakes than your pan will make, cover and refrigerate the rest of the batter while baking the first batch. Cool the pan about 15 minutes, then bake the rest of the batter, adding 1 to 2 minutes to the bake time.
  • Tip 2
    Tip: Check your market for seasonal fresh Key limes in bags, and juice them. Key limes are smaller than regular Persian limes, about the size of a golf ball. You will need 5 Key limes to make about 1/3 cup juice.

Nutrition Information

140 Calories, 7g Total Fat, 0g Protein, 18g Total Carbs, 14g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 48 Cupcakes
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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