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  • 52 Cupcakes- #7 Upside Down Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

    Good morning friends. I’ve missed you. After an eventful week of post-vacation madness with the kids starting school and getting settled back into my other job as an emergency room nurse, I’m back. And oh so glad to be back.

    Today I bring you cupcake #7. It’s an Upside Down Key Lime Pie cupcake. I thought with the summer still in full force here in Phoenix, a summer flavor was way overdue. And as all of the cupcakes up to this point, these didn’t disappoint. This Key Lime Pie cupcake recipe is from Stef over at The Cupcake Project. Her site is new to me and wow(!) does she have some tasty looking cupcakes.

    I made these cupcakes for a friend who is moving out of state. So I had plenty of taste testers to get lots of feedback. And it was good feedback. Really good, finger-licking good feedback.


    I think what surprised me the most about this recipe, was for some strange reason, I was expecting a green cupcake. So when looking at these above, it almost looks as if it’s just another vanilla cupcake. But, no my friends. The mildly tart flavor immediately let’s you know that you aren’t just eating any old plain vanilla cupcake.



    This is pure heaven on earth. The crust of the pie is actually in the icing. Cream cheese, powdered sugar, and graham crackers in the frosting. And I licked my finger. And then I licked my finger again. And then I licked the bowl. Oh my. This isn’t diet food I tell you. But what a great combination. A very surprising combination and treat for a frosting.



    I am a big color person so if I had to do anything over again, I would use a bright colored, summery cupcake liner and use a lime or other topper for a burst of color. However, when I tried to garnish with lime, I had 3 kids going “Eww. Don’t put a lime on that!” And considering I was taking these to a party with many children, I opted not to use the lime this time.

    Thanks again to Stef from The Cupcake Project for wowing me with this unique twist on an old time favorite of mine. You can find the recipe here. I know you will enjoy her site as much as I do.

    *Also if you are new to this site, I am making 52 cupcakes this year in honor of my chemotherapy buddy. When we were undergoing chemotherapy, people would bring cupcakes to the chemo room and we would chuckle that we were so nauseous that all we could eat was saltine crackers and sprite. He said, “If we survive this disease, we should eat a different cupcake every week for the rest of our lives.” My friend didn’t survive. So in honor of him, I am making a different cupcake every week for a year. Every time I make a new cupcake and lick my fingers, I think of him and his zest for life. So in honor of my friend and all cancer patients, I challenge you to eat a cupcake today and remember to always lick your fingers.

    **If you missed my dancing through DC as part of my life list you will have to check out the video here.



    Nicol (imanewbierunner)

    Yum. I’ll be right over. :)

    15 August 2011 at 9:07 am Reply

      You are always welcome over Nicol, but I think that’s a long way to travel for a cupcake- even a great one like this!

      15 August 2011 at 9:03 pm Reply
    Chris Coryell

    You may want to put a couple of these away. Both Julie and Hailey LOVE key lime pie! You could win sister/aunt of the year…just saying.

    15 August 2011 at 5:17 pm Reply

      That is exactly why I chose this recipe. I know how much she is an expert of all things key lime. They were delish.

      15 August 2011 at 9:07 pm Reply

    They look so lovely and sound so tasty! I was very moved by the story about your friend… Wow…

    16 August 2011 at 10:21 pm Reply

      Thanks Sharoone- they were good. Come visit and I’ll whip up a batch for you.

      17 August 2011 at 7:03 am Reply

    I got to your blog through Steff from the Cupcake Project….Thanks for doing this… I am a cancer survivor myself I had Acute Lymphatic Leukemia when i was 13 now I am 29 :) it was really a tough road… made me smile when you talk about saltine crackers and sprite!! b/c is SOOOO TRUE!!! was my favorite meal!!! this is amazing… I am in the process of getting a new place… and as soon as i do… i will challenge myself too…to bake something each week in honor of your friend and all of us cancer survivors!!! going through things like this makes you realize and appreciate the simple treats that lives gives you. THANK YOU!!

    19 August 2011 at 2:46 pm Reply

      Jei- So excited that we have been connected through this large yet so small internet community. So glad that you have had an extra 16 years. What a blessing. And yes, perspective changes dramatically. I look forward to hearing about your new place and your future creations. It’s going to be a fun journey. Blessings for MANY more years to come.-J

      20 August 2011 at 6:24 am Reply

    This is amazing! I got your site through Cupcake Project. I am really touched by what you’re doing here :) I’m looking forward to reading the next 45 recipes with ya!

    19 August 2011 at 3:26 pm Reply

      Hi Mollie! So glad you are going to be along for the ride. It’s going to be a sweet one!-J

      20 August 2011 at 6:22 am Reply
    The Last Cupcake

    I just came across your site, and I think it is wonderful! My aunt was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer this past spring. She is a big cupcake/sweets person so I made her tons of cupcakes before she strted chemo. Glad I did, as she can’t handle them now that she is going through chemo. Just waiting for her to finish chemo so she can try all my latest cupcake recipes again! Feel free to stop by my blog if you are looking for cupcake ideas/recipes http://thelastcupcake.wordpress.com

    19 August 2011 at 4:22 pm Reply

      Oh so glad you found the site. It is such a small world. I hope your aunt lives to be 100+ and eats a thousand more cupcakes. I too have a sweet tooth. I will jump over to your blog and we will be in touch. Blessings-J

      20 August 2011 at 6:21 am Reply
    Tabby Tiger

    Gorgeous cupcakes! I like to try this one with my kids and enjoy making these cupcakes. It looks perfect and I just can’t wait to taste it on my own.

    25 August 2011 at 6:45 am Reply

      Such a unique flavor. Let me know how you and your kids like them. I was craving the frosting earlier today.

      25 August 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply
    Doll Wood

    The jelly on top just makes these cupcakes so cute! Thank you for sharing the recipe, I am thinking of trying it out!

    27 August 2011 at 12:55 am Reply

      The jellies were the recommendation of my daughter as she was making a horrid face when I was cutting up the limes that I originally was going to use for the garnish. Let me know how they turn out for you!

      28 August 2011 at 9:45 am Reply
    Sarah S.

    Hi Jenny,

    I had to let you know that these tasty little treats got rave reviews from three die-hard key lime pie fans (who, by the way, are tough critics)! After a few taste-testing sessions, we decided that they tasted best when chilled…perhaps because that’s how we like the key lime pie…? Anyways, thanks so much for sharing your project with us, as well as for the delish recipes! :)

    PS…I too hope for a cure for autism for my uber awesome nephew Patrick (and all families that understand).

    31 August 2011 at 8:23 pm Reply

      Thanks Sarah. My sister is one of those die-hard fans too. And I completely agree with them being chilled- I couldn’t agree more. Stef did an amazing job with recipe and I still just love the twist on the graham crackers being in the frosting. Such a unique spin on it. And I will send prayers and good thoughts out to Patrick. I am looking forward to a day free from cancer and autism. Blessings-J

      1 September 2011 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Re: Whoever made the comment that this was an excellent site truly needs to possess their brain evaluated.

    2 June 2012 at 4:00 am Reply

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