My brother’s girlfriend, Lauren, has been going to school down in the States for the past four years. She is now back in Edmonton and we all couldn’t be happier to have, the now, Dr. Lauren, home! To celebrate Lauren’s homecoming, Nick and I decided to throw her a surprise welcome home party.
Surprise parties always require a lot of planning and just a little bit of deception… but I think we managed to pull it off pretty well. Lauren seemed genuinely surprised, despite our lame popping up and exclaiming skills, which pretty much meant that Lauren spied us all crouching in the kitchen for a second or 2 before we did the big reveal.
Either way, I think the party was a lot of fun and it was really nice to see everyone out to welcome Lauren home!
Our menu for the party was Mediterranean themed with shawarmas, pitas, hummous, baba ganoush, fattoush salad, tabbouleh salad and baklava. It all tasted so flavourful and fresh! I also made Key Lime cupcakes, as Key Lime is one of Lauren’s favourite flavours.
I scoured the internet to find a good Key Lime cupcake recipe and ended up using this recipe from Ming Makes Cupcakes for my inspiration. I made a few small changes, mostly to amp up the lime flavour in the icing, but I really liked the way the recipe kind of played off of a Key Lime Cheesecake by having a graham cracker base and then a lime, cream cheese frosting.
Key Lime Cupcakes
yields 12 cupcakes
– 1 cup flour
– 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
– 1 1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
– 1 cup sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1/2 cup milk
– 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
– 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
– 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
– 4 tablespoons, fresh lime juice
– zest of 1 lime
– 1 lime, sliced
– small amount of graham cracker crumbs
1. Cream together the sugar and margarine until fluffy.
2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture and milk alternatively to the sugar mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
5. Fill lined cupcake pan.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them.
7. Cut the butter and cream cheese into small chunks.
8. Using an electric hand mixer, blend together the butter, cream cheese, sugar, lime juice and lime zest. Blend until the mixture reaches a smooth and creamy, spreading consistency.
9. Frost each cupcake with the icing and then garnish with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs and a slice of fresh lime.
Truthfully, I was very impressed with my cupcakes and proudly pointed them out to everyone who came in the door. I think they looked pretty darn good and, most importantly, the consensus was that they also tasted delicious! I would not hesitate to make these again. I feel like I am on a bit of a cupcake kick now and have been thinking of all the different, fun and delicious cupcake flavours and combinations out there. Now I just need a good reasons to make cupcakes, because I really don’t need a dozen cupcakes just sitting at home staring at me, asking me to eat them.
I also did a little crafting for the party, making some tissue pom poms, a la Martha Stewart, to help decorate Nick’s house. Or, party poufs, as I liked to call them. They ended up bring fairly easy to make, the hardest part was poufing up the tissue paper with a gentle touch so that it didn’t rip.
I think the party was a success; everyone seemed to have a really nice time and most importantly, Lauren seemed very happy. It’s great to have her home! 🙂