Sunday, March 11, 2012

Low-Point Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

Happy St. Patrick's Day
Maybe it's just "Luck of the Irish" that this Irish lady found a perfect dessert recipe for St. Patrick's Day. Or maybe it was just the icing ingredients that caught my eye. Whatever it was, these delightful cupcakes, with "Tequila Lime Buttercream" icing, are addicting; and not because of the Tequila. ha! If you have a sweet tooth, look no further than the bowl of icing. Very sweet and satisfying, but don't forget to put it on the cupcakes! A recipe you're sure to enjoy!

Low-Point Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting
- 1 box, Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
- 2 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/2 cup Land O Lakes light butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 Tbs lime juice
- 2 Tbs lime zest
- 2 Tbs Tequila
- Green food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, vegetable oil, and applesauce. Add eggs and mix well. Spoon batter into cupcake/muffin pan, two-thirds full (using either paper cupcake holders or just spray the cupcake/muffin pan with Pam cooking spray). Bake at 350 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. For icing: Cream the shortening and butter with a mixer. Add the vanilla, lime juice, zest, and tequila. Mix until combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar until all combined and whip the frosting for about 3 minutes until it starts to get fluffy. Add green food coloring (as many drops to suit your desired color). Frost your cooled cupcakes with one tablespoon of tequila lime frosting. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.
Total servings - 15
Serving size - 1 cupcake with 1 tablespoon icing
Points per serving - 4.5

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