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3.11.12

I did my first Sunday A1 this week! Yay.

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So, Kevin was commissioned into the Air Force … in December. Sorry for the three-month delay, but here are some pictures!

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3.7.12

My former coworker Shirley posted a recipe for key lime cupcakes on her awesome blog last month, and I couldn’t wait to try them. I whipped up a batch to take to work to celebrate our redesign (before/after PDFs here; I did the page on the left, our last with the old styles).

I’m not really into cake, but I looove the lime flavor of these. I made the cupcakes a couple of days before I frosted them, so I managed to convince myself it was OK to have them for breakfast.

Shirley’s recipe follows. My only tweak was to add another lime to the frosting. And they only took 15 minutes in my oven.

Key Lime Cupcakes (makes 24)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest and juice of 8 key limes
2 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 graham crackers, for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 12-cup tin with cupcake papers.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, vanilla, and zest and juice. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of yogurt mixture.

Divide evenly among cupcake cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes in tin, then cool completely on a rack.

Frost the cupcakes. Crush the graham crackers, then sprinkle over the frosted tops for garnish.

Key Lime Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese (1 bar), room temperature
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Zest and juice of 2 key limes
1½ cups confectioners sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract

Whip the cream cheese and butter together with an electric mixer. Add the other ingredients, and mix slowly, then faster, until combined.

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