Who needs a drive-thru soda when you can make Cherry Limeade Cupcakes at home?
Berry cupcake recipes are some of my favorites. Not because I just can’t get enough of berries, but because they lend themselves to fun combinations, flavors, and colors. Berry cupcakes create beautiful hues in pink and purple tones, and they pair nicely with citrus or with dark & dominating chocolate flavors. With this one, I kept it light and zingy for a summer treat and created cherry limeade cupcakes. And it’s super yummy. 🙂
I tend to keep frozen organic cherries in the freezer all year ‘round because they’re tasty and versatile. I use them in smoothies often, one of my favorites being some vegan protein powder, a handful of frozen black cherries, spinach, and a little cocoa powder mixed with coconut milk. They’re also handy in making sauces for savory dishes (like lamb, mmmmmm). But I love to use them in baking because they’re so beautiful and delicious. These cherry limeade cupcakes are evidence of both.
Cherries and lime, a world-class duo
Cherries and limes go together effortlessly, and the color of these little beauties is gorgeous! I made my lime curd for the filling, so there’s a happy lime/yellow-colored surprise in the center of these pale fuchsia cupcakes. And man, are these cherry limeade cupcakes tasty! They get finished off with a cherry buttercream that is out-of-this-world silky smooth and delicious.
The texture of these cherry limeade cupcakes is perfect. That’s in part because they start with one of my very favorite cupcake bases using both buttermilk and yogurt, as well as a combination of butter and oil. It’s really just the best of all the worlds coming together to make one super cupcake. I then add cherries that have macerated in a sprinkling of sugar and have been chopped up pretty fine. I reserve enough cherries for the buttercream, but you could even mix some into the lime curd if you’re feeling adventurous and want full cherry limeade cupcake integration. However you choose to make them, just do it. You’ll love the flavor, texture, and appearance of these cherry limeade cupcakes.