Fresh and zingy lime cupcakes, filled with a luxurious dark chocolate ganache and topped with a subtle lime buttercream and freshly grated chocolate. Sprinkle with a little kosher salt to really make the flavours sing.
They say that the sense of smell is the number one gateway to our memories, but I think the sense of taste can’t be far behind. Whenever I am devising new recipes, I always start by thinking about flavour combinations that have made a real impression on me at some point in my life – whether because they just worked so well, like in the case of my carrot and orange cupcakes (find them here) or because they evoke a particularly special memory for me, and today’s recipe definitely falls into the latter category.
Today, we are taking our inspiration from my baking muse, the original Mrs Baker, my grandmother Joan. It’s not one of her recipes that has inspired me today though, but rather memories of lengthy car journeys in my childhood.
Like all good grandmothers, mine always had a tasty treat on hand (usually something homemade actually) and car journeys were no different. You could always guarantee that at some point the centre console would be opened and out would come some form of traditional sweet (or candy for my American friends). Ever since then, certain sweets have retained the magical ability to take me straight back to my youth. Just talking about this now, I am already starting to dream up a whole series of traditional sweet-themed bakes, but before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s get to today’s brand-new recipe from Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog.
Inspired by one of my grandmother’s favourite ‘long drive treats’ – traditional Chocolate Limes – my Chocolate Lime Cupcakes marry the zingy flavours of fresh lime and rich, dark chocolate creating a combination that is both refreshing and decadent – I don’t know about you, but I always think that chocolate always benefits from a sharp citrus flavour, so don’t be afraid to go heavy with the lime if you decide to have a go at my Chocolate Lime Cupcakes.
This recipe makes twelve large cupcakes.Print