Have you ever stumbled across a flavor combination that sounds weird on paper but suddenly makes perfect sense? That’s what happened when I paired cinnamon cupcakes with lime frosting for the unusual flavor combo week I did with my friend Taryn @lifeandsprinkles on Instagram. The cinnamon sugar swirl cupcake recipe isn’t mine (check it out here), but the lime frosting is, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Tangy and sweet, this lime buttercream frosting is perfect for summer. Pair it with chocolate, vanilla, citrus or cinnamon cupcakes.
Editor’s note: I updated this recipe to increase the lime flavor, and for these pictures, I used vanilla cupcakes.
This frosting recipe yields enough for about 2 dozen cupcakes, depending on your piping style, or a two-layer 8-inch cake (also depending on your piping style). Dye the frosting green or customize it to suit your decorating needs.
Cream the butter and Crisco before adding any other ingredients. (This is why I use both butter and Crisco in my frosting recipes.) Never made frosting with Crisco before? These are the Crisco baking sticks that I use. Don’t buy the butter-flavored sticks!
Add in half of the powdered sugar until combined. Then mix in the remaining powdered sugar, the lime juice and zest. Feel free to taste the tanginess before adding in the zest, in case you want a little less lime flavor. (But mix the other ingredients first!)
What other cupcake flavors would you pair with lime buttercream frosting? Let me know in the comments!
Tag me @rosesandwhiskers on Instagram if you try this recipe and use the hashtag #rosesandwhiskers.
Happy baking! 🙂
Lime Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup Crisco
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- zest from 2 large limes
- Juice and zest two limes.
- Cream the butter and Crisco on high speed, until smooth. Mix in half of the powdered sugar on low speed, until combined. Mix in the remaining powdered sugar, the lime juice and zest. Once incorporated, mix on high speed until creamy and fluffy.
- Yields enough frosting for about 2 dozen cupcakes, depending on your piping style, or a two-layer 8-inch cake. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.