Just when you thought you and your SO were the perfect pair, along comes Key lime and cheesecake -- together in one cupcake!
Your brain is wanting spring. Your body is wanting spring. But here we are stuck smack dab in the belly of February -- not quite winter, not yet spring. What's a person to do?
Bake up something refreshing and
indulgent, that's what. And this pair -- tart Key lime cakes stuffed with sweetly creamy cheesecake -- will shake up your day and turn it from drab to dramatic.But wait! Isn't cheesecake kinda finicky? A bit temperamental?Yah, it is. So that's why we're not going to make the cheesecake to stuff into these Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes. Stay tuned -- you won't believe this actually works!
First, lemme introduce you to the stars of our show:Betty Crocker lemon cake mix is the base for our cupcakes. And the frosting and yogurt -- well, just wait'll you see what we do with those.
Here's the secret weapon: A 6" store-bought cheesecake! NOT KIDDING! Get out your 1-1/4" cookie scoop (or a spoon) and scoop out 24 little cheesecake balls.
Now make the batter: cake mix, lime-flavored gelatin, Key lime juice, water, oil, eggs and a couple-a drops-a green food coloring.
Now we're going to make that batter gobble up the cheesecake balls like this:Do that for all 24 cupcakes and they'll be ready to bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or so -- just until your touch springs back on top. You don't want to over-bake them because, remember, you have a baked cheesecake center already there!
Then, voila! Lookie what's inside!
The icing is a thin mixture of the ready-to-spread frosting, Key lime juice, Key lime yogurt and a bit o' powdered sugar. Since it's a fresh and fluid, it's easiest to invert the cupcakes and dip the tops into the frosting mixture (rather than trying to frost 'em with a knife).
Then garnish with slices of Key lime, cut to the center and interlocked for this 3D decorator effect.
So there you have it -- a perfectly awesome way to beat those mid-winter blahs into submission!
Serve the cupcakes cut in half, open-face, with more of the icing mixture drizzled over the top. Finish with whipped cream and a slice of Key lime.
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