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It took me a few days to come up with a recipe I wanted to use to make Key Lime Pie Cupcakes for Mother’s Day. I wanted to make sure they tasted like Pie so the lime juice and vanilla were key players in this cupcake recipe. The Graham Cracker crust and toppings were definitely bonus items. These cupcakes taste just like pie, they are so good. I’m taking them to my mom’s event tomorrow because I can not have these in the house!

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes Recipe:

  • 1/2 C unsalted butter at room temperature (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 C granulated white sugar
  • 1 package of individual serve Applesauce
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 Tsps baking powder
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed Key Limes, approx 10 -12 Key Limes

Heat oven at 375 degrees

I followed the basic rule of cake making:

Cream together butter, eggs and applesauce, then gradually add sugar.

Take the flour, baking powder, salt and place it in a food processor, turn on for about 10 seconds. This sifts and mixes so quickly! Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Slowly add the key lime juice after that.

An easy way to squeeze the Key Limes if you don’t have a lime squeezer, use a garlic press.

Once the batter is done, you can do the crust (or do the crust first)

The best way I can describe this is it’s like playing with wet sand.

8 Graham Cracker “sheets” (ground up by a food processor)
3 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3 Tablespoons of granulated sugar

Mix this all together, then separate into baking cups. Press the “sand” down until firmly packed.
Then pour the batter into the sandy cupcake liners.
Cook for about 30 minutes.

Key Lime Buttercream Frosting:


  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter (room temp, 2 sticks)
  • 8 Cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup of fresh squeezed Key Limes


Cream the butter and sugar first, then add vanilla and last add the juice. I say add the juice last because it depends on how you like your frosting.

Once frosted, top with crumbled Graham Crackers, yum!

I’m linked up at Cupcake Tuesday on Hoosier Homemade!

  2 Responses to “Key Lime Pie Cupcakes Recipe”

  1. Yummy, what a great recipe. I definitely want to try. Can I have one of yours?? :)

  2. Yum! I bet adding the applesauce makes them moist!
    Thanks for joining us on Cupcake Tuesday!

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