groovy baby

Cupcake Hero Challenge --
GrOovY BAby
remember the cupcake event i mentioned a few weeks back? Cupcake Hero Challenge? finally got down to business in completing the task of baking these little beauties. The theme being set as lime made this no easy task since lime unlike its close cousin the lemon ain't widely used in baking except in key lime pie maybe? speaking of which, i definitely show preferential treatment for the latter, and am a self-confessed lemon lover!!! gosh.. after a few trial and error pairings, i finally decided upon the combo of almond and lime. Thinking tt the nutty taste of almond would help to soothe the sharp tastes as derived from the lime. Moreover, i yearned to put the swirling technique to test again, i last used it to make the nutella swirl cupcakes eons ago.

Why lime and almond then? erm.. as opposed to my other choices such as mango and lime, green tea and lime and others. I wanted something nutty, something a little more solid in flavor when it came to pairing. On the other hand, i was rather apprehensive as i were afraid tt the lovely tangy flavor of the limes wld be masked behind the stronger non-fruity flavor of the almond. But nonetheless i though tt it wld be a good combination despite i myself adopting not so high likes for the flavor itself. The mind is a strange thing ain't it?

Hence with little in mind, i set out to create a spectacular cupcake, with a flavor lyke non-other. With this i created GrOovY Baby. a cupcake made with lime-infused butter, swirled with almond cake batter. To finish off the beautiful job, i topped it off with lime-flavored cream cheese and almond nuts for that extra crunch. Recipe makes 10 regular cupcakes

Lime Cake Batter
½ Cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of Salt
40ml milk
juice of 3 small limes
2 tbl spoon butter
1 egg
½ cup Sugar
Green food colouring
A few drops of pandan essence
Milk to good consistency

Almond Cake Batter
½ cup flour
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
60g Butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
½ tsp almond extract
Milk to good consistency


  1. Squeeze the limes and place the butter together with the lime juice, melt it and stir gently.
  2. Place zest of the limes with the butter and leave to cool
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together.
  4. Beat the egg and sugar till thicken
  5. Add the pandan essence.
  6. Add in the lime infused butter and mix.
  7. Fold in the Flour mixture.
  8. Add milk till a suitable consistency (it shld resemble egg yolk consistency)
  9. Spoon into the ready cupcake cups.
  10. Prepare the Almond Cake Batter.
  11. Beat the butter and sugar till creamy.
  12. Add in the egg and mix
  13. Add in the almond extract
  14. Fold in the sifted flour mixture.
  15. Add milk till right consistency.
  16. Spoon into the middle of the cupcake cups
  17. Using a tooth pick. Swirl the two batters together.
  18. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for 22mins.

Recipe a proud creation of Sihan

verdict: lime flavor was a bit too subtle for my liking. Cld have been stronger with lesser almond extract being added. Adored the lovely hue of neon green...reminded me of the hulk. The Cream cheese topping did the fluffy cake justice. *yumz*..

btw, i totally adore the new cupcake hero mascot.. its lovely.. reminds me of a bandit though. but tt all the more increasings its appeal. Simple yet naughty. hehe.

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