Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting*

Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinco de Mayo has always been one of my favorite in-between holidays. Sure, it’s no Christmas, but it’s way better than Labor Day. In Texas, Cinco De Mayo was a guaranteed good time…with more drinks than one should probably have on a Monday. But in Florida, we don’t see half as much fun celebrations. No Mariachi bands or random Cinco De Mayo parades that hold up traffic.

In Florida, some of the local “authentic Mexican” restaurants will have drink specials and maybe one place will have cheap tacos. That is so not enough celebration for me. So this year, I decided to try out this easy cupcake recipe from Formula 409.

409 Dirty

When Formula 409 reached out to me, I was pretty embarrassed. Did my Mom call them and tell them what a messy cook I am? I just can’t help it…I am always spilling flour or powdered sugar somewhere.

And look at that, big surprise I did it again. Don’t you hate when you turn on your stand mixer and spew powdered sugar and batter everywhere??

409 Clean

Ahh, isn’t that better? Much cleaner!

Thankfully, Formula 409 didn’t actually know that I’m a messy cook…they just knew that I was a fan of their products. I love that Formula 409 takes care of all my germs, or bacteria that I may leave behind, without having to smell like bleach. I would much rather have my kitchen smelling like lemons than bleach!

P.S. Check out those ugly linoleum countertops! These cupcakes were the LAST thing I ever made in my rental kitchen! We are now into our new home!!! (Can you tell I’m a little excited??)

Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These cupcakes are a really easy way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. I just love the festive green color! This recipe is from Formula 409 and since I was in the middle of the move — I totally appreciated that the recipe utilized a cake mix!

No matter how you are planning to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, I hope you sing La Cucaracha at least once. Oh, and have at least one Mexican drink/dessert/dish! 😉


Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 small box lime gelatin
  • 3⁄4 cup buttermilk
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 drops green food coloring


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature 1⁄2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 lb. confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Place all ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer for one minute. Scrape down sides and mix again until smooth, 2 minutes more.

Line two, 12 cup muffin pans with cupcake papers. Divide batter evenly among both pans. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned and they spring back when lightly pressed in
the center.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Cream together cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar and vanilla and beat again until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed. Generously frost cooled cupcakes.

This post is sponsored by Formula 409, however all opinions are my own. 

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13 Responses to “Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — May 5, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    Aww too cute. Loving the flavour!

  2. 2

    Cookbook Queen — May 5, 2014 @ 7:24 am

    Love lime anything, especially this time of year. Perfection!

  3. 3

    Marjory Betchkal — May 5, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    You had me scared for a minute with the 409. Those sound great.

  4. 4

    Jolene — May 5, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    That’s the same 409 I use! Absolutely love the fresh scent. Oh and love those cupcakes too. :)

  5. 5

    Christine from Cook the Story — May 6, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    Lovin’ that lime flavor!

  6. 6

    Stephie from Stephie's Kitchen — May 11, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

    These are the perfect Spring/ Summer cupcakes. They look yummy! Will definitely try them out.

  7. 7

    Ali — May 11, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    I just made these and they are great! My husband and I love them! I only had to bake them for 18 minutes and they came out just right. It’s nice getting that lime flavor without having to squeeze the limes! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. 8

    Carpet Cleaners Chiswick — May 13, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    I saw something like that on Pinterest but it was strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Looks great. I will give it a try.

  9. 9

    Geri Salat — May 13, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Sound delicious; however, I just received your post today, May 13!

  10. 10

    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm — May 13, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    So beautiful and look so fluffy, want!

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    House in Tillford — May 20, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    They look great! And have inspired me to make something very similar (my lemon loving cousin is having a blue themed party and i think changing the green colouring to blue and lime gelatin for lemon would work?)

  12. 12

    Lin — January 4, 2016 @ 4:26 am

    Dear Jessica,

    Happy New Year! Thanks for all the yummy cakes you share us. The boys love them as well as my friends. If Lemon Cake Mix is not available, what is the next best cake mix that I can use? Can’t wait to make/bake these cupcakes.

    Thank you so much.


    • Jessica replied: — January 4th, 2016 @ 9:21 am

      If you can’t find lemon, your next best bet would be vanilla! :-)

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