Key Lime Cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

These key lime cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting are so sweet, so refreshing, and tasty that can be a great part of every spring or summer party. They are easy to prepare and delicious! Here is the recipe:

Servings 24


For the cupcakes:

  • 1 package lime-flavored gelatin
  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • A few drops of green food color (optional)

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz. (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon lime peel, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 5 ¼ cups confectioners’ sugar



To make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C/ Gas Mark 4 (325F/150C/Gas Mark 3 for nonstick, silicone, or dark cupcake pan).
  • Apply paper baking cup in each 24 cupcake cups.
  • In a mixing bowl, on low speed, whisk all cupcake ingredients for about 30 seconds, then set on medium and beat for additional 2 minutes.
  • Split batter evenly among cupcake cups, filling each around 2/3 full.
  • Place in the oven and bake around 20-25 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Remove and cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes. Then, remove and place on cooling

To make the frosting:

  • Using an electric mixer, whisk the cream cheese with butter together until creamy, and add the lime peel and lime juice; stir to combine.
  • Next, whisk in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until well incorporated.
  • To finish, spread the frosting over the cupcakes. Place in the fridge for about 10 to 15 minutes to set. Serve.