This easy one bowl cupcake recipe combines the fabulous flavors of cherry limeade in a cupcake using fresh cherries and limes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cupcake pan with wrappers
Pit and finely chop cherries. Reserve 1/4 cup for the icing. Place remaining cherries in a small bowl.
Zest lime. Add about 1/4 of the zest to the cherries reserved for the icing. Add the rest to the small bowl of cherries.
Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar to the larger amount of cherries and lime zest.
In a large mixing bowl, add flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk a few seconds until fluffy and combined.
Add 1/3 cup butter and 2/3 cup of milk and beat on medium for 2 minutes.
Add egg, vanilla, and larger amount of cherries/lime zest (including the syrup). Mix for 2 more minutes thinning with the remaining milk as needed.
Fill cupcake wrappers 3/4 full and bake at 375 degrees until cooked in the center, about 15 minutes.
In a mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter until fluffy, add powdered sugar and the smaller amount of cherries and lime zest. Juice 1/2 of the lime and add. Beat mixture, thinning with additional lime juice and/or a small amount of milk as needed.
Frost cupcakes when cool. Decorate with cherries and thinly sliced lime wedges if desired.