Lime & pistachio AGAIN!

 
I have already posted a recipe for my Lime & pistachio cupcakes, but I have come to prefer this recipe. It has a fresh zesty tang about it and couldn’t be easier to make. I have adapted it from my standard vanilla sour cream recipe, which I am finding so versatile it can accommodate the most delicate flavour combination. It also makes a larger batch, around 18-20 cupcakes.
 
 
Lime & Pistachio Cupcakes
 
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1  3/4  cups castor sugar
1 teaspoon bi carb soda
1 teaspoon baking soda
zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts
 
* Turn oven onto 180C. Prepare two muffin trays with papers.
 
* Whisk together eggs, oil, water, vanilla and sour cream. (I use a large hand whisk).
 
*In a separate bowl sift flour and add sugar, bi carb and baking soda.
 
*Add lime zest and pistachio nuts. Mix together with whisk or wooden spoon.
 
*Carefully pour wet mix into dry mix and continue whisking together until well combined.
 
* Scoop into prepared muffin trays and cook for 18 minutes or until firm to touch. Do not overcook.
 
* Cool in tin for five minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool completely. 
 
* When cold, frost cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting.
 
Lime cream cheese frosting
 
125g butter softened
125g cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice of one large lime (or 2 small ones)
500g bag icing sugar (you may need more. It makes a large mix)
2 tablespoons finely chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
Green food colouring
 
* Mix butter and cream cheese in electric mixer on med until well combined.
 
*Add vanilla and lime juice.
 
*Turn mixer onto low and slowly incorporate icing sugar until well combined. Check the consistency. You may need more icing sugar  (if too wet), or a few tablespoons of cream (or more lime juice), if too dry. You want a fairly stiff consistency. Stir in pistachio nuts if using. 
 
* Add drops of green food colouring and mix well. Decorate cupcakes as desired.
 
 
 

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