Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Citrus Poke Cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix
Grated peel of 1 lemon
Grated peep of 1 orange
1/2 cup boiling water
8 tsp. lime flavored gelatin powder
8 tsp. orange flavored gelatin powder

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
juice of 1 lemon
remaining package of EITHER lime or orange flavored gelatin powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place cupcake liners in 24 regular size muffin cups.  In a large bowl place cake mix and prepare according to package directions.  Add lemon and orange peel.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes.  Using a fork or skewer, poke holes in tops of the cupcakes.  Mix lime gelatin with 1/4 cup of boiling water and spoon over half of the cupcakes.  Do the same with the orange gelatin and pour over the other half.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.  During this time, in a large bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Add lemon juice, powdered sugar and your choice of 1 remaining gelatin powder.  Ice cupcakes. 

Comment:  The original recipe came from bettycrocker.com and called for a lemon cake mix.  I went with yellow to mellow out the flavor a bit.  It called for the peel of 1 lime as well as the orange and lemon.  While at the grocery store I found no single limes so that was omitted from my recipe.  It also called for the gelatin to be mixed with 1/2 cup of boiling water each but I decreased it to 1/4 giving it a thicker drizzle inside and outside the cupcakes.  For the frosting, the original recipe called for lemon extract, I decided to use the juice from the lemon instead.  It also called for 3 3/4 cups of powdered sugar and 2/3 cups of whipped cream.  I cut the sugar down, eliminated the whipping cream and added the remaining gelatin to give extra flavor and to also keep from trying to come up with something to make with the remaining gelatin.  This worked perfectly!  As usual, I decided to Think With My Taste Buds.

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