Monday, July 25, 2011

Recipe Review: Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

Yum...cherry limeade drinks from Sonic are my favorite drink treat.  So, when I came across this recipe from It's the Life blog, I knew that I had to try it.  I signed up to feed the volunteers at Vacation Bible School and wanted to make something pretty and tasty.  These were perfect.  Not only are they pretty to look at but they taste so good!  The cupcakes were gone in no time and I received lots of compliments.  I will be making these again for an upcoming family reunion but will probably double the recipe because they were so awesome.  I will also use stemmed cherries as well....I think they will look prettier.


Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
(original recipe by It's the Life)

1 box white cake mix (and all ingredients needed to make the cake)
1 jar maraschino cherries (with or without stems)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 limes

Buttercream Frosting
1 bag powdered sugar
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 lime

To make the cupcakes, preheat oven and make the batter according to the package directions.  Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of the cherry liquid into the batter.  You could chop some of the cherries and add to the batter, but I wanted a smooth cupcake.  While the cupcakes are baking, make a lime glaze by mixing the juice of two limes with one cup of powdered sugar.  Once the cupcakes are removed from the oven, poke several (I did at least 10 to 12) holes with a toothpick in each cupcake.  With a spoon, slowly spoon the glaze on each cupcake, using the back of the spoon to spread it out covering each hole.  Allow the cupcakes to sit a few minutes and repeat the glazing.  Loosely cover cupcakes and refrigerate for a few hours.  While the cupcakes are cooling, drain the cherries and rinse them thoroughly.  Drain them on paper towels for a few hours.  (This step will ensure that the cherries don't bleed in your beautiful white frosting.)

To make the frosting, beat the softened butter until fluffy.  Slowly add the powdered sugar, beating to ensure there are no lumps.  I used all but about a cup of powdered sugar because I like a stiffer frosting.  I had some leftover glaze, so I also added this along with the juice of one lime.  Add a little milk, if needed, to thin it out a bit.  Frost as you normally would.  Add the dried cherry to top of each cupcake.

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  1. looks yummy-Sonic is my favorite summer drink too

  2. These look and sound delicious! Please share your recipe by linking it up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday. Our readers will love it. Thanks!

  3. This looks super delish..YUM!! Following ya officially from Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.. Hope you can stop by and visit my blog sometime.. LOVING all the awesome posts you have here.. I'm Marilyn from TY

  4. This recipe looks really good! It would be great if you came over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and shared some of your recipes.
    I hope to see you there!

  5. Looks so pretty and I bet it tastes delicious too! I'm following :)

  6. Wonderful recipe. I just went to Sonic yesterday and had an Orange Creme Slush.
    Yum! Talk about brain freeze thought I was going to have to pull my car over until it passed ;)

    It's A Keeper.

    Joined you on GFC.

  7. These sound delicious! I love the idea of the lime glaze. Visiting from Sweet as Sugar Cookies!

  8. Wow these sound really delicious!

    You are invited to come by to our blog for a CITRUS linky party. The link will be open all week until late on Saturday.


  9. Thank you for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  10. Yum! I haven't had the Cherry Limeade at Sonic yet, I think I might need to try it next time.
    Thanks for sharing on Cupcake Tuesday!

  11. Mmm, these look fabulous! Can I have one, pretty please with a cherry on top??? Thanks for linking it up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  12. Really nice recipe and as I've read... not so complicated! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  13. Frosting looks perfect! I can't make my frosting's perfect. It always looks wet-y and can't stand so that I can design it on my cupcakes or cakes. I just hope that this recipe will make my frosting perfect. I can't wait for that.

  14. Wow, I´m speechless! These Cherry Limeade cupcakes look so good! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!