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Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Lime Frosting aka Key Lime Cupcakes

Hello hello! Happy Friday ya’ll! Do you have any fun weekend plans? I hope that it will stop raining and clear up for us here in alabama! I mean, today looks beautiful but you know, weather can change like *that* down here. 😀 Regardless of the weather though, it is *almost* the weekend and these cupcakes are down to get around town! This cake is just, ugh. So good! Light and soft, these graham cracker cupcakes with lime cream cheese frosting are a serious upgrade to any weekend!

I actually made some “key lime” style cupcakes a while ago for cinco de mayo, but these really take the cake. Literally. In my previous recipe, I made an almond based cupcake with lime cream cheese, but this graham cracker cake is top notch.  It is literally almost all graham cracker and that gives them a light airy texture while imparting that traditional graham cracker crust you find in Key Lime Pies. Definitely a keeper!

You could also easily turn these cupcakes into s’mores cupcakes, with some chocolate ganache and a heaping pile of marshmallow frosting. Yes please!

Anyway, enough drooling, time to get baking! I have some fun fall favorites coming to ya this weekend so stay tuned & have a great Friday!

Happy Baking!



Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Lime Frosting

Enjoy summer with these tangy and sweet graham cracker cupcakes! Nothing says BBQ like a sweet and tart treat!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 Cupcakes
Author livinginsugar



Graham cracker cupcakes:

  • 3 cups graham cracker crumbs about 30 whole crackers ground in processor
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. + 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1.5 cup whole milk

Lime Frosting:

  • 6-8 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Package Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup 2 Sticks butter, unsalted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Lime Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • Juice from 1/2 a lime



Make cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, or in your stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg at a time, mixing in between each one. Add vanilla
  4. & Almond extract and mix until combined.
  5. Add 1/3 of graham cracker mixture to butter mixture, then add 1/2 of milk. Continue to alternate additions, mixing in between, beginning and ending with graham cracker mix.
  6. Pour batter into prepared tins until about 3/4 full (it should make a little over 2 dozen). Bake around 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.

Make Lime Frosting:

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese together until fluffy and light.
  2. Add extracts and lime juice, mix to combine.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar, while mixing on low speed. Once incorporated, turn up the mixing speed and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Frost Cupcakes how you want & enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Graham Cracker Cupcakes with Lime Frosting aka Key Lime Cupcakes

  1. Hello
    Please confirm what 1.5 cups of sugar and 1.5 cup of milk means because these measures are unclear.
    Are the graham cracker cupcakes similar to making a mid-century graham cracker cake?
    Also- do you have a suggestion to make the correct amount of chocolate ganache lower topping and marshmallow frosting? Would you brulee with a torch? If so, how long will it hold?

    1. Hi Diane, 1.5 cups of milk and sugar means 1 and 1/2 cups of milk and sugar respectively. I hope that helps clarify. Also, if you wanted to make s’mores cupcakes, I would recommend using a small amount of chocolate frosting of your choosing and mostly marshmallow frosting — torching is always an option, or you could sprinkle crushed graham crackers on top. Hope that helps! Danielle

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