Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chocolate and Key Lime Cupcakes

I’ve been having a bit of a block lately.  I can’t write.  I’m still cooking and baking but nothing seems to be inspiring me to write (or “right” about it. LOL!!!). 

I keep putting it down to the season.  I know it sounds weird to all of you northerners but here in Southwest Florida in the months of August and September we are a virtual dead zone of fresh produce!  It is just too stinking hot outside for anything to grow let alone thrive…I will be planting my garden this month so hopefully that will help give me a badly needed boost!  Until then I offer you some delicious chocolate and key lime cupcakes…


Chocolate and Key Lime Cupcakes


1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. water
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed key lime juice
zest of one key lime


In a bowl, beat cream cheese. Add key lime juice, zest, sugar, egg, salt. Mix well. Set aside.

For cupcakes, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full with batter. Top each with 2 Tbs. of cream cheese mixture and then top with more chocolate batter to cover the cream cheese.

Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. This makes 12


These were truly delicious.  I tossed around whether it should be a white cupcake or chocolate but my helpers decided it HAD to be chocolate.  Glad I listened to them.  Some of them caved in but that’s because I was a little over zealous in my filling!!!


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul said...

Absolutely lip smacking delicious Judy! I have bookmarked this! Thanks for sharing!

Elle said...

Chocolate and lime are amazing together! These look like they'd be great for...breakfast! Can you tell I haven't had any yet? hehe!


Jill@SimpleDailyRecipes.com said...

I'm with you Elle. I haven't had breakfast yet, and I wish I could eat a couple of these. I'm totally curious to taste chocolate & lime together. That's a new one for me.

Judy, you're such a great cook. If all you ever wanted to do was shoot pictures and list the ingredients, I'd STILL follow you.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

These are beautiful. I have a party this weekend, and will be making these... But question, no iceing???

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

A year on the Grill: Think icing inside the cupcake. Way less messy...

Jill: You crack me up...everyday could be wordless Wed!

Thanks Peter and Elle!

A Daily Foodie Haiku said...

Judy, I understand, and I am sure you are right... But my audience is not that smart, back yard grill fans, they need a cupcake to look like a cupcake. I think I will put a meringue lid on them, and let my neanderthals discover the extra. I like the idea of surprise ooohs and aaahs.

Maria said...

Chocolate and lime-great combo! They look wonderful!

RecipeGirl said...

Looks absolutely wonderful to me! Now that the kids are back in school, you'll get your blogging mojo back!

Thistlemoon said...

I SO feel your pain! Believe me! :)

These cupcakes I believe are very inspiring, and very south Florida! Well done!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can certainly sympathize with not wanting to cook in the heat Judy. We had 3 weeks of unbearable heta and smoke and it just makes you loose your "mojo".

Bob said...

I suppose if you can't have veggies you can at least have chocolate. ;) Those look wicked good!

Patsyk said...

Great way to get past the lack of fresh produce! You may envy us right now, but in a few months when we've had enough of the cold we'll be envying you!

Jen said...

I've been craving these since seeing them this morning via FB.... amazing! I'll have to do this. MUST.

toontz said...

Mmmm, I just love key lime desserts! These sound fabulous. My sis lives in West Palm. I call her in the middle of August to gloat over the weather here in Wisconsin, and she does the same to me in the middle of December, lol.

Amanda said...

Wow those look really fabulous - bet they were great!