Monday, March 15, 2010

what i'm craving right now...(and for the past 2 weeks...) CHERRY LIMEADE!

I'm READY for SPRING! I'm ok with losing the hour of sleep... and I'm loving the SUNSHINE!
I've been warming Cherry Limeade here in my warmer & it makes me crave one... like, big time.

I'm totally going to making these cupcakes VERY soon!
Check out what my favorite crafty girls have in their shop... one of each please!
What have you been craving as of late?
XO. Jari

OH... and here is the recipe for the cupcakes... next week i'm making these!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
3 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. limeade concentrate
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk (I used 1%)

For the lime syrup:
3/4 cup limeade concentrate
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

For the frosting:
3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 tbsp. (or more) maraschino cherry juice
red food coloring (optional)

For decorating (optional):
fresh lime slices
maraschino cherries

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl combine the cake flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir together and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat on medium-high speed until creamed. Add in the limeade concentrate and mix to incorporate. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl between additions. Add in the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix ingredients just long enough to incorporate but no longer.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack over wax paper to cool completely.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, whisk together the limeade concentrate and confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl to make the lime syrup. Poke several holes in the top of each cupcake with a skewer and pour the syrup over the cupcakes, allowing it to soak in.

To make the frosting, combine the confectioners’ sugar, butter and maraschino cherry juice in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated, then increase to medium-high speed and beat until smooth. Add more maraschino cherry juice as needed to achieve desired texture. Add red food coloring if desired.

Frost cooled cupcakes. Garnish with lime slices and maraschino cherries, if desired.


Emilie Lynne said...

I just had a cherry limeade chiller from Sonic and it was delicious! Go try one :)

Carrie said...

Oh I miss sonic our closed down due to miss management! Those cupcakes look yummy!

Spring hurry up


angela said...

i love cherry limeades...but i have to get the diet low-cal ones from sonic but they are pretty good. i wonder if there is anyway i could make those cupcakes diabetic...yea i doubt it. the recipe seems delish tho.

hollysarah said...

man if there were a sonic close by.... that's where I'd be headed!! lol
One of my biggest pregnancy cravings since having lots of cherry limeades in Springfield last october... and I haven't had any since! I just go to our local drive in and have cherry milkshakes, but it's not the same.

Thanks for sharing that cupcake recipe!! I've bookmarked it so I can try it out myself, too. :)


Jennifer said...

I have to say, strawberry limeades are my favorite...but cherry is swell too :)

Amber said...

I definitely think it is the time change that has me craving a lemon berry smoothie from Sonic. Wow!! Those things are amazing. I had three this past weekend!!
Those cupcakes look sooo yummy!

Sandy a la Mode said...

omg. i totally want to make these! i love cherry limeade slushies from sonic, i've never had it in cupcake form before! thanks for sharing! =)

grrfeisty said...

thanks for sharing the recipe! those cupcakes look awesome! and by the way, i loooove your banner :D