Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with green Buttercream + Freebie

Make this St. Patrick’s Day special with zesty key lime & White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with a fun green buttercream! Easy DIY joy for busy moms. Plus, cute cupcake wrapper freebie!

St Patrick’s Day is around the corner and I thought it would be so nice to celebrate it with delicious lime and chocolate chip cupcakes with a super yummy green vanilla frosting. I mean a cupcake is good anyway anywhere LOL.

St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with green buttercream frosting + Free cupcake liner files. Cover image with Title text overlay

How to make Key Lime White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Green Vanilla Buttercream

This is an easy recipe that I found in an old cool cookbook and adapted it to meet what I had in mind. I wanted it to have a nice citrus hint with the velvety texture of the white chocolate chips. Hope you find it as yummy as I did.

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • Whole milk – adds moisture to the cupcake batter, preventing it from being too dry and ensuring a soft, tender crumb. The liquid content of the milk plays a role in activating the leavening agents (baking soda), helping the cupcakes rise during baking.
  • Unsalted butter at room temperature – brings a rich and buttery flavor to the cupcakes, contributing to their moist and tender crumb.
  • Caster sugar – It dissolves easily in the batter, contributing to a smooth and even sweetness. It also adds sweetness and helps create a tender crumb in the cupcakes, enhancing their overall taste and texture.
  • Self-raising flour – self-raising flour ensures proper leavening, resulting in cupcakes with a perfect rise and soft consistency.
  • Lime juice and zest – bring a bright acidity that complements the sweetness of the cupcakes, creating a delightful balance of flavors and adding a vibrant citrus flavor.
  • Orange juice
  • Eggs
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Soda
  • White chocolate chips
  • Vanilla

Frosting

  • 125 gr {4 Oz} unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups {240 gr} of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp of whole milk
  • Green food coloring *Optional.

Directions:

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line 12-hole muffin pan with cupcakes liners.
  • In a small bowl mix flour, cornstarch, and baking soda.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed until it’s very soft and creamy then add little by little the sugar and mix for about 5 minutes or until is fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.
  • Stir in flour mixture, vanilla, juices, zest, and milk little by little until well combined.
  • Turn off the mixer and manually mix in the white chocolate chips.
  •  Drop 1/3 cup of mixture into liners.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes.
pouring the mixture into the liner
  • Let them sit for about 5 min before transferring them to a cooling rack.
closer view of already baked cupkaces

Making the Frosting

  • Beat butter in a small bowl with a stand mixer until creamy and as white as possible.
  • Pour the Vanilla while beating.
  • Beat in the icing sugar and milk in two batches.
  • Optionally, if you want to make it fun green, add in a few drops of green coloring food and beat until you get the desired shade.
  • Fill an icing bag with the frosting and set in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Don’t leave it for more than 10 minutes or the frosting won’t work well.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, decorate with your icing bag and your favorite tip.
  • I added a piece of lime peel to the top!
  • Serve and enjoy!

Baking tips

  • Ensure butter and eggs are at room temperature for smoother incorporation and fluffier texture.
  • Sift your self-raising flour to avoid lumps and ensure an even rise.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy for a light and airy batter. Patience is the key!
  • Gently fold in the white chocolate chips by hand to evenly distribute the chips.
  • Use an ice cream scoop for consistent cupcake sizes, ensuring even baking.
  • Briefly chill the frosting-filled bag in the fridge for easy and precise cupcake decoration.
  • For freezing, it’s essential to use airtight containers or wrap cupcakes tightly in plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn and maintain freshness.

Many of you probably know I’m a lover of silhouette projects LOL, so I also made these cute cupcake wrappers to add a little bit more St Patrick’s Day fun to my cupcakes and guess what??? I’m sharing with you the cutting file so you can make them too!!! Yayyyy!

screenshot of wrappers

Get the free St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Wrappers HERE.

top view of frosting on cupcake
Close-up of yummy cupcake

Alternative and substitutions

Whole Milk: Substitute with almond milk or coconut milk.
Eggs: For each egg, try 1/4 cup of applesauce, yogurt, or mashed bananas.
Caster Sugar (1 cup): Substitute with 3/4 cup of brown sugar or coconut sugar.
Self-raising Flour (2 cups): Mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 3 teaspoons of baking powder.
White Chocolate Chips (1 cup): Opt for dark or milk chocolate chips or chunks. Alternatively, not chocolate at all.

Storing and freezing

Making Ahead: The frosting can be made ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Allow it to soften at room temperature before decorating.

Storing cupcakes: Once baked and decorated, store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Bring them to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

Freezing: Freeze the unfrosted cupcakes by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before decorating.

I don’t recommend freezing frosted cupcakes. The frosting may change texture after freezing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use lemon instead of lime for the citrus flavor?

Yes, absolutely! Lemon juice and zest can be a fantastic substitute for lime, providing a delicious citrusy twist to your cupcakes.

What can I use instead of white chocolate chips?

Dark chocolate chips or chunks make an excellent alternative if you prefer a different chocolate flavor in your cupcakes.

Can I skip the food coloring in the frosting?

Absolutely! The green food coloring is optional. If you prefer a white frosting, feel free to skip it. You can also experiment with natural options like matcha powder for a green tint.

How do I store leftover cupcakes?

Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. If frosted, keep them in the refrigerator and bring them to room temperature before serving.

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St. Patrick's Day Lime White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with green buttercream frosting + Free cupcake liner files. Cover image with Title text overlay

St. Patrick’s Day Lime White Chocolate Chips Cupcakes + Freebie

Camila Rojas
Delicious recipe for lime and chocolate chips cupcakes with a yummy green vanilla frosting. Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with a burst of flavor!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Traditional
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer with Paddle attachment

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup {60 ml} of whole milk
  • 185 gr {6 Oz} of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup {60 ml} of lime juice
  • 1/4 cup {60 ml} of orange juice
  • 3 tsp of finely grated lime rind
  • 1 1/3 cups {300 gr} of caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups {225 gr} of self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Frosting

  • 125 gr {4 Oz} unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups {240 gr} of icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp of whole milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line 12-hole muffin pan with cupcakes liners.
  • In a small bowl mix flour, cornstarch, and baking soda.
  • In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter on medium speed until it’s very soft and creamy then add little by little the sugar and mix for about 5 minutes or until is fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time until combined.
  • Stir in flour mixture, vanilla, juices, zest, and milk little by little until well combined.
  • Turn off the mixer and manually mix in the white chocolate chips.
  • Drop 1/3 cup of mixture into liners.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes.
  • Let them sit for about 5 min before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Making the Frosting

  • Beat butter in a small bowl with a stand mixer until creamy and as white as possible.
  • Pour the Vanilla while beating.
  • Beat in the icing sugar and milk in two batches.
  • Optionally, if you want to make it fun green, add in a few drops of green coloring food and beat until you get the desired shade.
  • Fill an icing bag with the frosting and set in the fridge for about 5 minutes. Don’t leave it for more than 10 minutes or the frosting won’t work well.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, decorate with your icing bag and your favorite tip.
  • I added a piece of lime peel to the top!
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword cupcake recipe, lime recipe, St. Patrick’s Day Craft

What do you think? Do you like Lime cupcakes??? What about white Chocolate chips???? I loooove them!


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44 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am loving both the look and sound of these gorgeous cupcakes! I must make this for St Patricks day :)

  2. 5 stars
    These are just to cute to resist! And they look incredibly yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome tutorial. Repining for later!

  3. I love these cupcakes! I don’t think I’ve tried lime with chocolate, but I think I’m going to have to!

    1. The came out great. The white chocolate are in the cake batter and the lime in the frosting… Yummmm!
      Hugs

  4. These are just adorable! I love the little stands you have for your cupcakes, too! What a fun treat for March 17th!

  5. These look too beautiful to eat! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with VMG206 Brag About It!

  6. 4 stars
    Beautiful, and delish! these lime white chocolate chip cupcakes are something I would eat year round :) Love the colors, love the flavors and love you shared with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have an awesome weekend!

  7. I love the idea of lime instead of the typical mint. Lovely decorating too. Thanks for sharing your cupcakes with us on foodie friday.

    1. I’m not really a fan of mint… I mean I like it but I don’t really use it much in the kitchen! Glad you like this!
      XOXO

  8. I really need to start using my Silhouette! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat!!

    1. Oh you definitely should! It’s amazing all the awesome things you can make with it! Thanks so much for stopping by
      XOXO

  9. Just found your site through The Pin Junkie’s link party. I could spend hours here! Thanks for the wonderful cupcake recipes.

    1. Awww you are so sweet, I’m so glad you like it here. And of course I’m happy that you found my cupcake yummy! Let me know how it goes if you make them!
      XOXO

  10. Ooh! This is number one on my list of recipes to try. I love key lime and honey loves white chocolate so together we have to try this out! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle sunday!

  11. Oh my gosh those are so amazing looking! I love this time of year when all the fun Irish projects come out. I have pinned these and it makes me want a Silhouette even more now.

    1. Oooh you should get one… there is so much we can do with it. Glad you like my cupcakes they were so yummy =D and I enjoyed so much preparing things for St/ Patrick’s Day… Love this time of the year too!
      XOXO

  12. Cami,
    Isn’t it fun that we belong to the same group. I Think your recipe and decor are darling and tasty for the 17th of March! Your blog is growing quite nicely. Congratulations!
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    1. I’m so glad you like it. Any citrus flavored cakes are awesome! I love specially orange and lime! XOXO

  13. So cute! I’ve been wanting to attempt cupcake holders with my Silhouette. How easy are they? Yours turned out great!

  14. These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I would love to try and make them as well as you!!!!!

  15. Hi Camila,
    The photos of your cupcakes make my mouth water, they look so delicious!!! Your cupcake wrappers really make them fabulous. I’m so excited to be a part of this fabulous Silhouette Challenge group!
    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

    1. Awwww Thanks Joyce! I’m so glad you like it! I’m so happy to be part of that group too even though I’ve been absent. So much going on but I definitely love being part of it and share wonderful stuff with you all!! Thanks so much for you sweet comment! XOXO

  16. First of all…..those cupcakes look so yummy!! And the presentation is beautiful! Great job!

  17. What a fun and yummy way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The cupcake wrappers are just perfect!

  18. These cupcakes sound delicious! And I love that you used your Silhouette for the wrappers, so cute.