lime tart cupcakes124

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lime tart cupcakes

This post has taken me a while, I know. And that is partly because it’s my last post here on this blog. That’s right, CupcakeBlog is shutting down. The decision was not taken lately, trust me, but a combination of factors came together… a botched wordpress upgrade (I am still without access to the admin console having to do everything directly against the database and will never recover my old categories), a planned move this summer (time to get the house staged and ready to sell), and a general feeling that I am ready for a break (a one year old requires much more attention than a sleepy 6 month old).

So, this is my last post. Comments will be turned off soon, but the site will remain up for as long as it gets traffic. I do intend to blog again. I will be back once we are moved and settled in with a new blog and a slightly different theme. I want to thank everyone who has supported CupcakeBlog. It’s been an absolute pleasure sharing my creations with you and I look forward to doing it again in the future.

Now about this recipe…

This recipe is inspired by a classic lime tart. It involves four layers – a crunchy ginger, biscuit crust, lime cake, lime pastry cream, and meringue frosting. While the end result can be difficult to eat (we ate them with a spoon), the flavor was great. The only other issue is that because the “tart” part of this cupcake requires refrigeration, the “cake” part was cold and dense… But it’s only part of the whole experience and didn’t ruin it by any means. I wondered what they would taste like at room temperature, but they were all scooped up in a couple of minutes.

Ginger Biscuit Crust

1 cup graham cracker crumbs or biscuit crumbs
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, chopped finely

1. Combine the crumbs, ginger, and melted butter.
2. Scoop a heaping teaspoon into each cupcake paper, pressing down to cover the bottom.

Note: In the spirit of working with what I had, I used my daughter’s barley teething biscuits to make the crust. They are crunchy, not too sweet, and flavorful. They worked out great.

Lime Cupcakes
~12 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
zest of one lime

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Measure out milk, lime juice, and lime zest.
5. Add flour mixture and milk alternatively, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
6. Spoon batter over biscuit crust until just under 1/2 full – after they are backed you want about a 1/4 inch at the top for the pastry cream.
7. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.

Lime Pastry Cream

1 cup Whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
lime juice from 2 limes (~1/4 cup)
zest of one lime

1. Heat milk, half of the sugar and salt in a pan over medium until it reaches a simmer,
2. Whisk egg yolks, cornstarch, and remaining half of the sugar in a medium sized bowl until combined.
3. Slowly add about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking continuously.
4. Add remaining milk mixture slowly while whisking.
5. Transfer back into the pan and heat over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until it thickens. It will thicken all of a sudden, give it a good whisk then take it off the heat.
6. Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and with the paddle attachment on medium speed start to beat the mixture.
7. After a minute or so, slowly add the soft butter in small chunks beating until incorporated. Continue to beat on medium speed for a couple more minutes.
8. While beating on medium speed, slowly add the lime juice and zest. Taste occasionally and add more or less lime juice depending on how tart you want it. I like the pastry cream to be very tart to balance the sweet meringue.
9. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap pressing down so it touches the cream directly, and refrigerate until cool, hour or so. This can be made a day in advance.

Meringue Frosting

3 egg whites
3/4 cups sugar

1. Combine the ingredients into the mixing bowl of your stand mixer and set over a Bain Marie (water bath).
2. Whisk by hand for a few minutes until the sugar is dissolved or preferably until the mixture reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Beat on medium speed for 10 minutes.
4. Beat on high speed until stiff glossy peaks form, about 5 to 10 minutes more.

Note: Meringue does not store well. Prepare when you are just ready to top the cupcakes.

lime pastry cream layer
assembly

Assemble
1. Top the cupcakes with pastry cream then a dollop of meringue.
2. Top off with toasted coconut, candied lime peel, biscuit crumbs, or lime zest, whatever you have and prefer.

lime tart cupcakes

Note: These cupcakes don’t store very well. You can store them for a few hours in a refrigerator. Some condensation might collect on the pastry cream though. They are definitely best consumed the same day.

124 comments for lime tart cupcakes »

  1. Without a doubt, yours was the best cupcake blog ever! So sad, but I completely understand. Best of luck, we’ll miss you! :)

    Comment by Farah — May 26, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  2. I JUST FOUND YOU!!! Sorry I didn’t arrive earlier. Hope your blog stays up for awhile. I need time to read back several years! Good luck with your new endeavors.

    Comment by Debe — May 26, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  3. I have enjoyed your blog and the recipes and they have inspired many a creative moment in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing so generously and enjoy this next phase/stage because life’s too short not to treasure every moment!!

    Comment by Janice — May 26, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

  4. I’ve really enjoyed viewing and salivating over your cupcake creations in the time you’ve been publishing them, so thank you for putting as much time in as you did. Happy moving and mothering!

    Comment by e — May 26, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

  5. Well, I am sad to see you go. I just found this website and found so many great recipes!! I was waiting so patiently for a new post :)
    Good luck with everything and have a wonderful summer. Thanks so much for all the great advice and sharing your recipes. :)

    Comment by kate — May 26, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  6. Your blog has been an inspiration to me, and I’m so sad to hear that this is your last post! All of your creations have been amazing, and I just want to thank you for all the time and creativity you’ve put into this. Good luck with moving and motherhood!

    Comment by Allison — May 26, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  7. Oh I’m so sad to see you go! Thankyou for writing such a yummy and inspirational blog! I’ve loved following it!

    Comment by Polka Dot Bride — May 26, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  8. Yours was the first cupcake blog that I ever read. From the writing to the photos to stellar recipes, your blog has always been something to live up to. Good luck pursuing the more important things in life – your family. You will be missed.

    Comment by Stef — May 26, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  9. Good luck! Thanks for the great blog. Thankfully, for me, I’ve only had the time to make a couple of the recipes so far, so I have plenty to tide me over.

    Comment by Mike — May 26, 2008 @ 9:11 pm

  10. Awww…and I just recently found this blog!

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog and browsing your awesome recipes. Good luck to you!

    Comment by Tanya — May 26, 2008 @ 9:12 pm

  11. i agree that this is the best cupcake blog ever! each one is really a work of art, so thank you for sharing them with us. good luck with the move, enjoy spending time with your child, and we all look forward to the new blog, whenever it’s up!

    Comment by steph (whisk/spoon) — May 26, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

  12. I’m a long time lurker. I’ve had nothing but great results with everything I’ve tried on this site. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for this blog and to wish you well for the future.

    Comment by janine — May 26, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  13. sad to see you go, but I look forward to seeing your new blog once you settle down. all the best to you!

    Comment by kat — May 26, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  14. I have loved reading your blog – best of luck with everything!

    Comment by Kate — May 26, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  15. all my favorites flavours are in this cupcake !
    can you also help me : I begin to do cupcakes and my cream cheese frosting is always too much liquid , …may I put some more sugar? some more butter ? thank you !

    Comment by emilie — May 26, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

  16. I am sad to hear this will be your last post! I have really enjoyed visiting your Web site and trying out your creations. Thank you SO much for posting! All the best to you!

    Comment by Rosie — May 26, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  17. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your mouth-watering recipes and beautiful pictures! I will miss checking your blog for your latest creations, but I will refer back because there are so many recipes here that I have yet to try. All the best to you and your family!

    Comment by Vania — May 26, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  18. i await your fantastic and glorious return…as long as you promise you *will* come back. ;)

    have a lovely and restful blogbatical.

    Comment by wrecklessgirl — May 26, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  19. Hi Cheryl, when i first venture unknowingly into the cupcake and baking virtual world, your blog has been the first few I stumbled on, and has been on my favorites since. It’s sad to hear that this will be your last post. Just wanna say thank you for sharing with us so many wonderful times and beautiful cupcakes. I will continue to visit this blog for inspirations or recipes. And all the best in your endeavors and hope to see a fresh new blog up soon. Cheers =)

    Comment by Jacelyn — May 26, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  20. I am soo sad to hear that this is your last post!! Yours is by far MILES ahead of any other blog. So informative, creative, insightful and fun! Best wishes in the next coming months and I just can NOT wait until you are back and running :)

    Comment by Colleen — May 26, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  21. Thank you thank you thank you so much for the best cupcake blog ever! Good luck w/everything!

    Comment by Laurice — May 26, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  22. ditto, ditto ditto. Loved reading about your creations & found much inspiration, but I totally commend your decision to take some time off to be more present as a mother. Awesome!

    Comment by celeste — May 26, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  23. sorry to hear that you are shutting down for now. your blog has been an inspiration to me and my baking. Thanks so much.

    Comment by Liz — May 26, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  24. Devastation! I love your blog but I know it can be the least important thing when life is busy.
    I hope the site can stay up with all the fabulous recipes.
    I await your triumphant return!

    Comment by catastrophe gf — May 26, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  25. Good luck with your real-life endeavors. Know that you will be missed and that your returned will be welcomed — whenever it is.

    Comment by sprite — May 26, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  26. This is so sad… I will miss your creations and your inspiring ideas so much!!! But I also wish you all the best for the next chapter of your life!!!! Please don´t stop uploading photos of your sugar-sweet doughter!!! It´s a pleasure to watch her grow up!

    Good luck for the future!!!

    Sabine from Germany

    Comment by Sabine — May 26, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

  27. Thanks for so many beautiful and tasty-looking cupcake photos! I’ve got a good number of them bookmarked. Best of luck, and looking forward to your return to blogging!

    Comment by Brittany — May 26, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  28. Best of luck, you have been truly inspiring!

    Comment by peabody — May 26, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  29. Thank you so much for sharing all your culinary efforts with us! You will be missed, and I cant wait to see what is next (when you’re ready, of course!) Best of luck with everything else going on.

    Comment by christina — May 26, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  30. I have greatly enjoyed your blog over the years. You will be missed!

    Comment by Sarah — May 27, 2008 @ 12:22 am

  31. Well, I can’t wait to see what your next blog is going to be about! Good luck with your move and I hope you keep this one up for browsing and drooling!

    Comment by Fran — May 27, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  32. Best of luck, and hope to see you blogging again…but please don’t take this blog down. Your creations are a great inspiration.

    Comment by taylor — May 27, 2008 @ 4:27 am

  33. Hi! I’ve never commented on your blog, but I wanted you to know I’ve read it regularly and love your posts. Thank you for sharing your deliciously experimental creations.

    Comment by Heather — May 27, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  34. Hope you’ll have time to blog soon. Meanwhile, good luck with the whole moving thing and raising your little one :)

    Comment by linda — May 27, 2008 @ 5:46 am

  35. I am sorry to see you go but understand your reasoning. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous recipes over the years. This past weekend I just made your vanilla cupcakes with lime curd and cream cheese frosting for a wedding shower and they were the hit of the party. Good luck!!

    Comment by erin — May 27, 2008 @ 5:49 am

  36. You have been an inspiration to me since the day I stumbled on your blog. Thank you for being a pioneering cupcaker and for sharing your explorations with us. Best of luck with the move and I hope you have a wonderful time with your kidlet. The world eagerly awaits your return to blogging!

    Comment by Frannybee — May 27, 2008 @ 6:24 am

  37. Long time lurker…I have loved checking out your blog, it was one of the first I ever found when I first started my baking endeavours and I have loved following your experiences. The unique combinations, the recipes and the amazing photography have been an inspiration. I also believe your blog to be the one everyone refers to when trying to find those unique cupcake cases (nut and party cups) I’ve been converted myself!
    Good luck with the move and enjoy your family time. Like everyone else I look forward to your return!

    Comment by Leah — May 27, 2008 @ 6:29 am

  38. Cheryl, your blog has influenced and inspired me SO much. It was the first cupcake blog I’d ever seen and still the best. You’re a massively talented baker and blogger (and photographer, I might add) and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do next. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Comment by Natalie — May 27, 2008 @ 6:32 am

  39. This blog is like the best cupcake cookbook I’ve ever seen. Thanks for keeping it available for us all to use, even if it’s not being updated anymore (which I totally understand).

    Comment by Amy — May 27, 2008 @ 6:53 am

  40. I’ve had your blog on my RSS feed for so long, I’m not sure how I’ll cope! Thank you for such a beautiful, enjoyable blog.

    Comment by Kristen — May 27, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  41. C, you helped define me as a blogger. Thank you so much fro your inspiring recipes, devotion to your craft, and hard work!!!
    *HUGS*
    -garrett

    Comment by Garrett — May 27, 2008 @ 7:05 am

  42. I’m a long-time lurker that LOVED reading your blog! I have taken the time to make some of your recipes, but you’ve also inspired some of my own originals.

    We understand about shutting this down. At least I do. Moving is a real pain, especially with 2 youngsters on your hip! Thanks for the time you did put into this, though.

    Comment by Melanie — May 27, 2008 @ 7:15 am

  43. Your blog and recipes are wonderful – I will be sad not to see your new recipes in my google reader :) I wish you the best with your move and baby! Hope to see you blogging again soon!

    Comment by Jade — May 27, 2008 @ 7:22 am

  44. Your blog has always been a source of incredible creativity, inspiration and passionate baking for me! I’m sorry to see you go, but glad that you’re thinking of returning one day…

    Comment by DLB — May 27, 2008 @ 7:28 am

  45. I have so enjoyed reading your blog and drooling over the recipes- best wishes on your new life phase- and do let us know when you’re back with a link to your next publication-

    Enjoy!

    Comment by Michaele — May 27, 2008 @ 7:47 am

  46. thank you for the confectionery inspiration, your sweet tooth will be missed

    Comment by shara — May 27, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  47. gasp! i’m sorry to see you go, but thank you for all of the inspiration and hard work on this site! good luck with everything coming up in your life. can’t wait to see you back to blogging again!

    Comment by kim — May 27, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  48. Wow. I am speechless. Its like an end of an era. Good luck with all future endeavors and hope to have you blogging again sooner rather than later.

    Comment by CB — May 27, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  49. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes and advice. I’ll be looking forward to your next blog!

    Comment by Vicky — May 27, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  50. I understand completely your decision but you will be SOOOO missed. You are a great contributor to the food blogging world, no doubt. A pioneer. And you are right, a one year old requires a lot of attention and it only gets more involved as she learns to walk and to explore the world. I completely understand.

    Have a lovely summer, enjoy your little one, settle down and know that we will be right here waiting for you to come back.

    You are leaving us with a wonderful “book” of recipes that I will certainly be coming back to.

    Thank you so much!

    Comment by Aran — May 27, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  51. By the way, will you keep flickr going? I’d love to see more of your photos.

    Comment by Aran — May 27, 2008 @ 9:19 am

  52. I’ve truly enjoyed every one of your posts – thank you for all the work you’ve put into this blog. You’ve clearly been an inspiration to all. Wishing you the best, and I look forward to the day you return to blogging!

    Comment by talida — May 27, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  53. I just found you and love your blog, so I truly hope you are back at some point. Good luck to you.

    Comment by mitchypoo — May 27, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  54. Thanks so much for sharing your mouth-watering creations. I completely understand your decision: I have a 15-month-old. ‘Nuff said.

    Have a great time with your little one, and maybe we’ll see you around later.

    Comment by Anna — May 27, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  55. Wait! How will we find you when you start again???!!!! Make sure you tell us, please.

    I really have enjoyed your blog – and totally yes, once they get past 6-8 months, everything changes. Constantly. So fun, and it makes it so hard to do anything else consistently. I’m looking forward to reading you again when you’re ready. :)

    Comment by Patti — May 27, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  56. Your blog has really been a joy to read! Thank you for putting as much time into it as you have.

    Best of luck!

    Comment by Kaitlin — May 27, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  57. I have enjoyed your blog! Please do keep us informed when your new one launches. Best of luck with the new adventures!!

    Comment by K-Nut — May 27, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  58. Cheryl, thank you for your endless inspiration. I definitely understand your decision and wish you all the best. Let me know if I can help with the transition – my cupcakes don’t hold a candle to yours, but I will gladly drop off goodies to satisfy any last-minute cravings.

    Comment by Rina — May 27, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

  59. Thanks Cheryl for all that you have done. Your blog was the first one I ventured when I made my first cupcake. You have set the standard for me. Good luck in your future endeavours.

    Comment by umyousef — May 27, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

  60. Thanks Cheryl. I love this blog – I’m going to miss it. Good luck with your new projects!

    Comment by C. — May 27, 2008 @ 2:27 pm

  61. i found your blog not to long ago and was so excited because i’m such a cupcake nut! just wanted to thank you for all the yummy recipes and your blog will definitely be missed!

    Comment by natalie — May 27, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  62. I have truly enjoyed reading your postings and very creative cupcake recipes! Looking forward to when you come back! Best!

    Comment by The Cupcakery — May 27, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  63. I’ve enjoyed this blog so much, and have loved many of your recipes with many more bookmarked and waiting to be tried. I wish you luck with your move (we’re doing the same thing this summer) and hope you keep us posted when you start blogging again!

    Comment by bethany actually — May 27, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  64. Thanks so much, everyone! I am truly humbled by your response. I really do hope to be back soon and will announce my return likely right here… Thanks again!

    Comment by chockylit — May 27, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

  65. I will miss your inventive recipes. As a fellow SFster, I hope you plan to stay local for the future cupcake meetups.

    Best of luck in future endeavors.

    Comment by buzzgirl — May 27, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  66. I hope you decide to blog again soon! I recently tried your last recipe and it was a smashing success! Thank you!

    Comment by Mme. Meow — May 27, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

  67. I will miss this blog! Enjoy your baby… they aren’t that cute for long ;)

    Comment by Colleen Jordan — May 27, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  68. I was happy to hear you are not going to quit blogging, just take a slightly different course. It sounds like you could really use a break right now, and when you’re ready it will be fun to see what approach you’ll be taking next.

    Comment by Kalyn — May 27, 2008 @ 6:39 pm

  69. I’m like heartbroken that there won’t be any new posts. This website is one of my top things to check weekly, if not daily. Thank you for the inventive recipes however, and good luck with your move and your child!

    Comment by Stephanie — May 27, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

  70. I am so heartbroken that you are leaving us but real life takes priority. You will be very much missed and when you come back again, I will read that blog just like I read this one.

    Comment by Landa — May 27, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  71. I’m totally heartbroken that cupcakeblog is going away! I absolutely believe that this is THE best cupcake recipe blog out there; I have never had issues with your creations, and they have always garnered compliment upon compliment.
    It’s good to know that you’re not quitting blogging altogether. You’re an incredibly talented baker and I would love to see more of your recipes!

    Comment by Amanda — May 27, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  72. Although I’ve never commented before, I’ve read your blog for quite a while. I’m so sad to see it go, but I look forward to your next one! Best of luck with the move (and keeping up with your little one)!

    Comment by Jordan — May 27, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  73. Thanks for all the truly beautiful and inspiring recipes. I look forward to your next project – good luck in the meantime!

    Comment by Lisa — May 27, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  74. Yours was the first blog I ever really got into. You’ll be missed, but thanks for leaving on a high note. Those cupcakes look fantastic.

    Comment by Rachel — May 27, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  75. I just found you and your going! Anyway, I just wanted to say that what gorgeous pictures these are and I’m definitely trying this recipe out. Good luck!

    Comment by Syrie — May 27, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  76. Reading the comments people have written is so inspiring to me. Your blog is truly such a source of joy and inspiration to others and I hope one day my blog can be 1/10 of what yours has been. I hope that you and your family have safe travels and enjoy the adventure of moving into a new home. Can’t wait to see your new blog!

    Comment by My Sweet & Saucy — May 27, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  77. I look forward to your new venture, but I’m sad to see you go. Your blog is one of my absolute favourites, I visit from Oz every week. I love seeing your new creations and going back and visiting your olders ones as well. Your last post is just perfect for me – citrus cupcakes, cakes, tarts or whatever are my absolute favourites.

    Good luck on your new adventure, and I understand trying to keep up with little ones, my youngest is nearing 2 and she sure is alot more work than when she was a baby.

    Comment by Lesley — May 27, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  78. I’ve been following your blog for several years, and I don’t comment often, but I just wanted to thank you for all the time you’ve put into it. I’ve learned a lot about baking from reading your posts and trying out your recipes. Good luck with the move, and I’ll look forward to your new blog!

    Comment by Laurel — May 27, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  79. cheers and best of luck with your house selling and moving!

    Comment by McAuliflower — May 27, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

  80. wow…i can’t say i am not disappointed, but totally understand! thank you so much for the gorgeous and inspiring recipes! i came not just for the cupcakes but for the beautiful photography as well! i will miss checking in, best wished to you…and i hope to see you back someday :)

    Comment by angela — May 27, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  81. Dear Cheryl, It saddens me to hear this is the last post for cupcakeblog. In world of millions of cupcakes, your work is truly unique in a special way. Same goes for the way you photograph them. Hope to see you in your new blog one day. Take care and enjoy baby.

    Comment by Nur Suraya — May 27, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

  82. cheryl/chockylit, i’ve been an avid reader of your blog since 2006 (!), thank you for every single post you made. i wish you all the best!

    Comment by pj — May 28, 2008 @ 1:43 am

  83. I have been enjoying your blog and your superb recipes for some time now. I have even told many people about your blog, with a link from my own. Thank you so much for allowing to peek into your life and thank you so very much for such wonderful recipes. Please do keep the blog up for a wee while so I can use more recipes. All the best with family, house and work.

    Comment by Erilyn — May 28, 2008 @ 3:51 am

  84. Good luck with the move & being a mummy! I look forward to another fantastic blog from you in the near future!

    Comment by Tamami — May 28, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  85. Thanks for everything! I’ve made many of your creations over the last couple years and can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had making them. And others have certainly enjoyed eating them as well! Good luck with everything you do!

    Comment by Bonnie — May 28, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  86. Cheryl: WOW! You are so amazingly talented and I will miss reading about your baking prowess. You will be so missed…especially by me! Bonne Chance!

    CQ

    Comment by Cupcake Queen — May 28, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  87. Thanks for staying around for so much time and I hope to see you again soon!

    These cupcakes look delicious!:)

    Comment by Evelin — May 28, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  88. So sorry to see you go. Your blog was the first cupcake blog I ever stumbled upon. You’re a real inspiration and I wish you the absolute best.

    Comment by Bianca — May 28, 2008 @ 11:24 am

  89. While it’s sad to see Cupcake blog go…I completely understand. It was a pleasure reading all your delicious cupcake posts, and I hope to see you again in the blogosphere in the future!

    Comment by Hillary — May 28, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  90. Well, I completely understand, but I will still miss your site and your wonderful cupcakes.

    Thank you for this blog and the wonderful inspiration and joy it has brought me and many many others.

    - Leslie

    Comment by leslie — May 28, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  91. Yours was my favorite blog ever. I feel that your cupcakes were part of the big moments in my life (birthdays, PhD defenses, wedding, etc.). You will be sorely missed. Good luck with everything.

    Comment by DMD — May 28, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  92. Yours is a beautiful blog… I’ll really miss it!

    Comment by Bri — May 28, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

  93. i want to thank you for your amazing recipes and gorgeous photography. i love your honest assessment and head-to-head comparisons of cake recipes–i don’t think anyone on earth can really paw through the labyrinth of vanilla cake options out there, but you certainly made it easier. i’ve been lurking for over a year, and your chocolate gluten-free cupcakes have been a staple in my party-food portfolio (i think i have more gluten intolerant friends than anyone else i know!). thank you and best wishes. most of all: can’t wait for your return!

    Comment by linda — May 28, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  94. NOO!! I will miss this blog so so much!!! I have made so many of these cupcakes and they have all been VERY delicious! I truly cannot wait until you blog again. Your ideas and recipes are amazing! Thanks for all of them!!

    Comment by Teresa — May 28, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  95. I love reading your blog and have tried several of your recipes with great success and pleasure as a result.
    Thank you for sharing them!
    good luck with your move

    Comment by n — May 28, 2008 @ 8:50 pm

  96. Oh wow, sorry to see you go, but life does get busier when they start walking! I’m glad to see that your final cupcake recipe is a Lime Tart one though! I’ll certainly be linking this one from my website, oh and cooking it too! Take care :)

    Comment by Philippa — May 28, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

  97. Oh my god I am saddened by this news. Your cupcake blog gave me so much inspiration and I swear may be the reason I get dates when I bake. =( Will you ever return?

    Comment by Chubs — May 28, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

  98. I’ve loved your blog ever since I found it a year ago…your recipes and fantastic photos have kept a college student without a kitchen happy and dreaming of baking. Thank you, and good lucky with all of your endeavors!

    Comment by Elizabeth — May 29, 2008 @ 12:26 am

  99. It goes without saying that you have been an inspiring force in the world of cupcakes, while you will be missed I look forward to reading the next incarnation of any future blog you may start! Good luck with everything!

    Comment by mari — May 29, 2008 @ 6:49 am

  100. I would like to put an offer out there to help keep your site opened. I love cupcakes and your site is the best! If you would like help in keeping it open and running while you are in transition I would love to do that!

    Comment by Heather — May 29, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  101. So sorry to hear you are no longer going to be updating your wonderful blog! You will be missed by many I am sure! I have so enjoyed reading your articles. What wonderful cupcakes you have made. Best of luck in everything.

    Comment by Donna — May 29, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  102. OMG No!!!
    I totally understand your decision to take a break but am greatly saddened…having only recently discovered your site I feel like I am still catching up.
    Best of luck!

    Comment by MalibuBetty — May 29, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  103. I’ve been reading you blog for a year now and I have to say I have truly enjoyed many a saturday with all my girlfriends baking your cupcakes for our parties with our friends. Please notify me when you have a your new blog up!

    Comment by Natalee Lopez — May 29, 2008 @ 2:25 pm

  104. Lime tart cupcakes? Yes! No more Cupcake Bakeshop? Noooooo!

    But it is understandable. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog these last few years, I do believe it was the best of the cupcakes blogs that I found. Thank you and good luck with the upcoming move.

    Comment by Anotheryarn — May 29, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

  105. OMGoodness! I will miss your blog entries! Your cupcake blog is the best and I have enjoyed it tremendously as well as the recipes! I also appreciate the food chemistry comments that you occasionally provide with the pictures. I look forward to your future endeavors. Thank you again for your sweet inspirations :)!

    Comment by Cheryl — May 29, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

  106. your cupcake blog has seen me through countless bored hours as an intern, countless lonely hours away from my family and friends, and it never failed to make my day whenever i saw a new recipe and lots of wonderful pictures of your creations! all the best, and PLEASE do come blog again!!! you will be missed. thank you. :)

    Comment by chloe — May 29, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  107. Will miss your blog terribly but wishes you all the very best in your future endeavours. Will look forward to your new blog when you are settled down in the more important things in your life. God bless u & your family!

    Comment by Lileeng — May 29, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  108. well crap

    i love your blog and your recipes are inspirational

    good luck to you and i look forward to your next blog in the future.

    Comment by ann marie — May 30, 2008 @ 5:02 am

  109. Will I still be able to see your recipes here?
    I really enjoy them and have yet to try a few of them.
    I’ll miss your entries. They were always so fun to do. Good luck!

    Comment by deb — May 30, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  110. I will sorely miss getting new cupcake recipes from you. I don’t think I could ever make cupcakes that look as fabulous as the ones you have in your photos, but they have really been an inspiration for me to bake more!

    Comment by elemental — May 30, 2008 @ 7:52 am

  111. I’ve never commented on your blog either but I’ve been reading for a little over a year and I’m absolutely DEVASTATED! I actually started getting really into cupcakes after reading your blog, and I read a few other baking blogs but nothing compares to yours. I’m so upset right now! Good luck with the move and everything–and your real life, if you HAVE TO–but please come back soon!

    Comment by Joy — May 30, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  112. Very sorry to see you leaving, but I understand the circumstances, just wanted to leave you a note to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your blog…and looking forward to making some of the recipes in the future perhaps that I haven’t tired..

    Comment by mtwelovett — May 30, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  113. YAY! these are lovely. i love the meringue frosting and the pastry cream. it’s such a fantastic combination of flavours.

    Comment by diva — May 30, 2008 @ 10:23 am

  114. I recently started baking cupcakes and have been enjoying your blog. I’m so sad to see you go, but remember that you’ll be missed. I’ll be waiting for your return along with all your fans. Thanks for all you’ve done & GOOD LUCK!

    Comment by ugogirl — May 30, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  115. Oh no! I was just coming here to tell you that my mother and I made your Rich Chocolate Cupcakes Filled with Chocolate-Mint Ganache with Topped with Mint Buttercream! We made them for my SIL’s housewarming party last weekend. They were delicious! Thank you so much for sharing such sweet, wonderful recipes! And have fun with your time off! Can’t wait ’til you return!

    Comment by Amanda — May 30, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  116. Best of luck, and hope to see you blogging again. It’s been a pleasure to see your posts!

    dbdtron

    Comment by dbdtron — May 30, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  117. Oh I am well and truly gutted :( I absolutely adore your blog and I’m so sad that it’s come to an end. I hope I find your new blog when it begins.

    All the best,

    Kel, Australia

    Comment by Kel — May 30, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

  118. Thank you for all the care and attention you put into each post. You have been my biggest baking inspiration (no exaggeration there) and I will sorely miss your fabulous recipes. Having read your blog for so long, I feel that I am a better baker, and that the cupcake mania in my kitchen will live on. xoxo from Boise, ID

    Comment by Brit — May 30, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  119. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful recipes. I’ve recently stumbled upon your site and love your creative cupcakes and wonderful pictures. So sad to see that you won’t be updating the site anymore :( but I can relate and totally understand. I have a 14 month old and she’s a lot of work nowadays…have fun on your time-off and please do let us know how to find you when you’re ready to blog again!!

    Comment by Mia — May 31, 2008 @ 2:20 am

  120. Oh. The. Pain! Can’t believe you won’t be posting anymore *weeps*
    Thanks so much for all the wonderful recipes. You’re ace.

    Comment by Jodie | Meringue — May 31, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  121. It will be sad to see you close your blog..It is hard to keep going everyday..What a wonderful blog you have and I wish you the best of luck..

    Comment by ctmott — May 31, 2008 @ 3:58 am

  122. best of luck!! i will miss your AMAZING posts… can’t wait to see the next blog :-)

    Comment by kerri — May 31, 2008 @ 8:55 am

  123. Our mother-of-honor requested these for a morning baby shower on Friday. In lieu of morning meringue (which I have a hard time with anyway), I was thinking about trying marshmallow fondant. I could make it the night before, along with the cream, then assemble it all in the morning. Do you think the sweetness of that would be right? In case you reply in the next 24 hours, thank you!

    Comment by Lindsay — June 8, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  124. I’m glad I found this recipe! I need to bake something weekly with milk in it for my daughter to desensitize her (until now she wasn’t even able to tolerate milk at all). We have an abundance of limes at our house due to a shopping mishap.

    I didn’t make them as written – I just wanted a simple unfrosted lime cupcake, so I just made the ‘cake’ part. We only got 10 smallish cupcakes from the batch, I assume because you left room for the crust and topping. Next time I’ll probably double it.

    This is the first time I’ve made one of your recipes and it turned out great. Thank you!

    Comment by ARC — February 27, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

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