Iron Cupcake: Earth 012 – Herbs

by Jessica on July 22, 2009

Minty Fresh Cupcakes

Upon reading the announcement that Iron Cupcake: Earth would be taking a hiatus after July, I knew that I had to come up with an awesome herb-y cupcake (is ‘herb-y’ even a word?). And since I had limes coming out of my ears (12 for $1 at Market Street!!), I decided that these would be perfect.

Mint is an aromatic, almost exclusively perennial, rarely annual, herb… and it goes perfectly with lime. 🙂 There are several ways to jazz this little cupcake up (specifically, adding rum to make a Mojito cupcake) but since these were going to work, alas, the rum was left out.

Even without the alcohol, though, they reminded me of the drink… and soon after that first bite, I was imagining I had one in my hand.

Minty Fresh Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1-1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Zest & juice of one lime
  • Handful of fresh mint, minced
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 c milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cupcake pan with wrappers. Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Melt butter and mix with beaten egg. Add to dry ingredients, stirring in the milk until smooth. Add lime zest and juice and mint.

Divide batter among the wrappers in the pan and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and springy to the touch. Remove cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting them.

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For the frosting:

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Zest of one lime
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1-2/4 c powdered sugar
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla and lime juice. Beat in powdered sugar in thirds, until smooth. Fold in lime zest. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with mint leaves.

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Iron Cupcake Earth

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy (Sing for your supper) July 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

These look beautiful, J! I got 12 limes for $1 at MS too!! Except I made margaritas with mine…..oh yeah! 😉
PS – I LOVE your little muffin cups – where did you get them????

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2 Hornedfroggy July 23, 2009 at 10:53 am

Hobby Lobby… they have a lot of cute designs there! 🙂

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3 Jerri July 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

i am always looking for more ways to use up all that mint we have in our yard! thanks for the sweet idea!

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4 Tracey July 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Those are gorgeous! I love that top photo. I’m jealous of your 12 for $1 find on limes. I can’t find them anywhere near that cheap by me.

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5 Kayla July 22, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Wow, these look awesome! I may have to try these.
And I’m super jealous of your great deal on the fruit!

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6 Katrina July 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Mint is one of my favorite flavors, and mojitos are my favorite mixed drink. These sound perfect to me!

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7 isabelle July 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Looks and sounds delicious!
Lovely pictures!

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8 Jessica July 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Oh, wow! Those look so incredibly delicious. I love a mojito and I bet that these cupcakes are even better. I’m definitely bookmarking these, thanks Jessica!

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9 Jessica July 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Wow how gorgeous! They look delicious!

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10 Charli July 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

Those cupcakes sound (and look) amazing!!! Good luck!

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11 nutmegnanny July 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

How summery and refreshing!

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12 ginger reddick July 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

These cuppy-cakes look fabulous!! Wish I had one NOW! Fantastic pix, 2!

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13 Aileen July 29, 2009 at 2:56 pm

These look wonderful, wish I was there to try one!

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14 D.K Rivers August 1, 2010 at 6:15 am

Wow! these look fantastic, thanks the cup cake ideas.

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