These cupcakes are SPRING-Y!!! As in they feel like spring in a cupcake! The apple is super subtle and the lime gives them a feeling of freshness and just a little bit of tartness. They taste like “YES! Sun, you are back! I've missed you so much, lets go on a picnic together.”
There is also a little bit bourbon in it, I can't help it, I’m addicted. It just makes everything so much better.
The icing is a Swiss meringue butter cream, which is always fun to make because you get to break out the candy thermometer. Also, whisking egg whites and sugar over a pot of simmering water is VERY soothing. TRY IT next time you are stressed, its like all your tension dissolves in the swirling and dissolving sugar.
The cake has bits of pureed apple, lime juice and zest (what a great word, ZEST, so much fun to say!) and cardamom. Its light, fluffy, and soooooo tasty!Print