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Key Lime Macadamia Nut Cupcakes recipe

Key Lime Macadamia Nut Cupcakes.

Delightful cupcakes bursting with tropicalflavors like key lime, coconut and macadamia nuts and toppedwith fluffy shredded coconut and cream cheese frosting.

Recipe: Key Lime MacadamiaNut Cupcakes

Cupcakes:2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon zest and 1/4 cup juice from Key limes, may substituteregular limes
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup clover honey*
2 large eggs
1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, choppedCoconut Cream Cheese Frosting:1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons clover honey*
4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut

  • For Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350°F(175°C).
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, bakingpowder and salt; set aside.
  • In a liquid measure, combine Key limezest and juice, and coconut milk; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter until fluffy;scraping sides of bowl, as necessary. Add honey; mix well. Addeggs, one at a time, scraping down sides of bowl after each addition.Add half of the reserved dry ingredients to the butter mixture;mix on low until just combined. With mixer running on low, slowlyadd the lime mixture. Add remaining dry ingredients until justcombined. Stir in coconut and macadamia nuts.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full.
  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until a woodenpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove towire rack; cool.
  • Frost with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting,if desired.
  • For Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting: Ina mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and butter until lightand fluffy. Add lime juice and honey; mix well. Add powderedsugar, 1 cup at a time, until desired spreading consistency.Frost cupcakes and top with coconut.

    Makes 12 to 16 cupcakes.

    *Any mild-flavored honey such as clovermay be used

    Recipe and photograph courtesy of the NationalHoney Board.

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