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Winterfresh Cupcakes Made with Mastic and Lime

I had originally planned on putting mastic in both the cake and the frosting, but the cake had such a powerful mastic punch that, to avoid mastic overload, I opted for a sweetened condensed milk buttercream frosting.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Stefani


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest about 3 limes
  • 1 tablespoon mastic powder finely crushed mastic tears
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Decorative sugar optional


Cupcake Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, lime zest, mastic powder, and sugar.
  • Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  • Mix in the eggs, ricotta, and oil until smooth.
  • Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined
  • Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
  • When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack (or just on your counter if you don't own a cooling rack) to cool.

Sweetened Condensed Milk Buttercream Frosting Instructions

  • Whip butter until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes on high speed).
  • Mix in sweetened condensed milk and powdered sugar.
  • Spread on cooled cupcakes. Note: The frosting will not be thick enough to pipe.
  • Optionally, top the cupcakes with decorative sugar to give them some bling.


Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 160mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 0.4mg