One small confession – these cupcakes are actually made with lime and not key lime. My cupcakes considered blushing, but they were too busy trying to catch a tan.
Is There a Difference Between Key Lime and Lime?
There is a difference between key lime and regular (Persian) limes. According to the Wikipedia article on key limes, key limes are “smaller, seedier, have a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind.”
Key Limes and the Florida Keys
Key limes are called key limes because of their association with the Florida Keys. According to the Wikipedia article on key lime pie (oh how I love Wikipedia), “Key lime pie is made with canned sweetened condensed milk, since fresh milk was not a common commodity in the Florida Keys before modern refrigerated distribution methods.”
The photo above is of my aunt and mom in the Florida Keys in front of a key lime pie shop. The man in the middle is a real person – in case you doubted this as I did.
I’m not sure who took the photo so I can’t properly credit them, but I can only assume that it was my grandma or grandpa. I also did not ask for the permission of anyone in the photo before posting it. Here are my guesses at their responses:
My aunt: I’m famous, but did it have to be in that visor? (Or maybe she loves the visor and I’ve just publicly insulted it. Time will tell.)
The pie man: Hooray! Free press for keylimeshop.com and don’t I look dapper in my pie man outfit. I should send that woman some key lime stuff. (That last comment was just wishful thinking.)
My mom: Next time, could you maybe pick a picture where I’m looking at the camera?
The Key Lime Pie Cupcake Recipe
I got the cupcake recipe from Garrett of Vanilla Garlic. He actually made the cupcakes one year and one day ago so it’s almost like an anniversary celebration for them! Garrett made a graham cupcake and then filled it with a key lime filling. I made the same graham cupcake, but baked the key lime filling right into the cake. I am reprinting the recipe with my notes below.
Graham Cracker Sand and Chocolate Shells
To make the key lime pie cupcakes even more beachy, I topped them with crushed graham cracker sand and chocolate from the Nautical Collection 60 Piece Gift Assortment. Thanks again to chocolate.com for the free chocolate and the inspiration.