Today is the day I bring you the recipe that some of my friends from RIVA (Rhode Island Vegan Awareness) have been patiently waiting for almost a month since the vegan Summer picnic in which I originally brought them to.
These have, in my opinion, the best tasting frosting ever! My mom who apparently finished all the leftovers of the frosting last night when I made them again yesterday from my class would agree.
Raspberry Lime Rickey Cupcake Recipe:
Makes 14 Jumbo cupcakes (use jumbo liners and fill them 2/3-3/4 full….)
or 24 regular size cupcakes
Ingredients for the cupcakes:
- 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted not solid
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups unflavored (plain) almond milk
- 2 limes worth of zest
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ~1/4 cup raspberries, preferably somewhat mushy when you use them
Ingredients for frosting:
- 1/2 cup earth balance
- 1/2 cup organic non hydrogenated vegetable shortening
- 3 cups organic powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup raspberry lime rickey syrup (link here)
Directions for cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place jumbo liners (if using) into a muffin pan…it says you can place them onto a cookie sheet but I’m doubtful. Maybe try that if you have enough batter to make a few more cupcakes though. I just put 2 extra liners into a muffin pan that has 6 slots.
- Mix the melted coconut oil and sugar together in a stand mixer. Make sure you’ve already grated the lime zest and juiced the limes for the next step because the coconut will solidify more if you stop to do that after this step.
- Add the almond milk, lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla and mix on a low setting until combined.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder and mix until a batter forms. You will want to scrape down the sides of the bowl really good with a spatula, and then mix a bit more.
- Fold in the raspberries and mix until the raspberries combine and are no longer whole.
- Place about 1/3 cup into each jumbo cupcake liner, or until 2/3-3/4 of the way full. For regular size cupcakes, you will have about 2 1/4 tbsp to put in each cupcake liner.
- Bake for about 23-25 minutes for the jumbo cupcakes, mine were good at 24. If using regular sized cupcake liners, bake for about 20 minutes.
- They will be an interesting green color when done, which I thought was cool and I hadn’t actually anticipated that effect!
Directions for the frosting (beware, this frosting is seriously one of the most amazing things I’ve invented, I believe…)
- Cream together the Earth Balance and shortening in the mixer.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar, mix until large clumps form.
- Add the raspberry lime syrup and mix until fluffy.
- It becomes the most beautiful light pink color! And its flavor is totally amazing!!
- Frost the cupcakes after they have completely cooled, and add garnishes like a lime wedge or a raspberry on top!
I’d never heard of a raspberry lime rickey before! I do love seltzer, though, so I bet I’d like it. And ah, yes — the accidentally green (or blue) baked good! I can’t quite remember, but I think this has something to do with acids reacting in the batter. I recall a particular batch of cherry-vanilla-yogurt muffins which turned an unsettling shade of blue. 😉
I think it’s just because of the lime zest that made it green combined with the raspberries which made it a weirder green! Hmm, I think raspberry lime Rickeys might be a New England thing? I’m not even sure actually but I love them
Ah! That explains it. And awesome about the drink’s origin — it’s always funny to me to find out about foods that are ubiquitous in MA or RI, but somehow never quite made it down to my part of CT!
It’s also got a more commonly found alcoholic version that I didn’t know about until I searched. But I do not drink alcohol haha
Oh! I guess it was a popular drink at an ice cream shop where my parents grew up in Massachusetts. I had to do some intense googling but yeah that explains it!!
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