The goal: find a cupcake recipe reminiscent of a key lime pie.
The obstacle: I've never tasted a key lime pie.
The verdict: I don't know if it is anything like a key lime pie(still haven't tasted one) but it was quite limey. And quite tasty. Success!
Have I mentioned how much I love Google before? Google and I are tight. Almost as tight as Dictionary.com and I. When I need a recipe, Google does the leg work until I have something that looks doable. I found this recipe at BettyCrocker.com. It was VERY easy and VERY VERY flavorful. We're talking pucker-faced sourness that lingers in its tangy limeyness. You know it's good when I have to make up words to best describe it.
The lemon cake mix combined with lime jello gives the cake its tartness but the real punch comes from the 30 little key limes that I juiced to make just over 1/3 cup of fresh key lime juice. Add the juice to the cake batter, then add it to the powdered sugar glaze that's dribbled over the cupcake. But don't stop there. Spoon just a touch more into the homemade cream cheese frosting. I topped mine with thin slices of key limes and a sprinkling of graham cracker crumbs. They are perfect for the citrus lover in your life.