It should live on noted that these are past times far the best cupcakes I’ve e’er made. And quite mayhap the best cupcakes I’ve e’er eaten. I can’t fifty-fifty believe how good they turned out! I made them for my birthday political party (yes, my life is thus distressing that I receive got to brand my ain birthday cupcakes) together with they were a amount hit. I genuinely mean value the departure was made because I genuinely followed all the instructions. I creamed the butter together with saccharide until they were a lovely consistency, almost similar whipped cream. I genuinely brought the eggs to room temperature (yeah, I never exercise that). The cake ended upwards beingness super lite together with soft, spell even thus moist plenty to concord itself together. And it was my firstly sweat at swiss meringue butter cream, together with it totally did non disappoint (even if I scalded myself a few times on my makeshift homemade double boiler). I didn’t add together whatever tequila (because, um, I don’t potable tequila…) together with they were even thus delicious.
For the cupcakes:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 loving cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
iv large eggs, at room temperature
3 limes, zested together with juiced
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 loving cup buttermilk
For the frosting:
2 cups sugar
8 large egg whites
Pinch fleur de sel (coarse salt)
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2½ tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
To brand the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line 2 cupcake pans amongst newspaper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking pulverization together with salt; stir amongst a fork to blend. In the bowl of a stand upwards mixer fitted amongst the paddle attachment, cream together the butter together with saccharide on medium-high speed until lite together with fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Blend inward the eggs 1 at a time, mixing good later on each add-on together with scraping downward the sides of the bowl every bit needed. Beat inward the lime zest, lime juice together with vanilla. With the mixer on depression speed, mix inward the dry out ingredients inward iii additions alternating amongst the buttermilk, start together with ending amongst the dry out ingredients. Beat each add-on simply until incorporated.
Divide the batter betwixt the prepared cupcake liners, filling each close ¾ full. Bake 20-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted inward the centre comes out clean. Let cool inward the pan 5-10 minutes, together with thus transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
To brand the frosting, combine the sugar, egg whites, together with tabular array salt inward a heatproof bowl laid over a pot of simmering water. Heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture reaches 160° F together with the saccharide has dissolved. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand upwards mixer fitted amongst the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until strong peaks shape together with the mixture has cooled to room temperature, close 8 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium together with add together the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, adding to a greater extent than 1 time each add-on has been incorporated. If the frosting looks soupy or curdled, operate along to shell on medium-high speed until thick together with shine again, close 3-5 minutes to a greater extent than (don’t worry, it volition come upwards together, though it may accept a real long time!) Stir inward the lime juice together with mix until fully incorporated together with smooth.