I had no trouble with the icing, great mix of lime with the gingerbread. I pulsed the candied ginger in a small processor instead of using a knife.I had to break up the ginger clump before adding it in. The ginger went to the middle of the cupcake and created an interestingly great burst of flavor.Also I doubled the recipe with no problems.Everyone loved them.
Beautiful cupcakes (I made mini cupcakes)! Interesting flavours that really worked well together for our St. Patrick's Day feast! The only reason I gave this 4 stars (and not 5) was because the consistency of the icing went a bit funny when the lime juice was added. I made try the lemon cream cheese icing that is pair with the ginger mini cupcakes and use lime juice instead.
These are really delicious- especially if you love gingerbread. They are easy to make, but the frosting has given me trouble both times. Once I get to adding the milk, it turns grainy and ruins icing. After the second time I have really scaled back and only used a dribble of milk- this seems to keep it from turning to a separated grainy mess that looks pretty unappetizing. You get the frosting right, and the lime is really a delicious contrast.
If you love gingerbread, you'll loooove these. I had exactly 12 cupcakes with plenty of icing. The lime was a nice touch, but when I added the milk, the icing separated a bit. Next time I will try meyer lemon or mandarin, no milk.
These cupcakes have a very strong and interesting flavour profile, and I could see how some people wouldn't like it. That said, I think they are the best cupcakes I've ever tasted. I loved the spiciness of the cake combined with the fruitiness of the frosting. The recipe made exactly enough to fill my 12-holed muffin pan 2/3 way full, so they did not overflow at all. I copied the picture and put icing more as a "dollop" rather than covering the whole cupcake top, and I had plenty of icing to do so. I will definitely be making these again!
This will easily make more than 12 cupcakes - if you use all of the batter and make only 12, they will be overfull.
I didn't like the lime frosting with these, and it barely made enough to cover half the cupcakes. I won't be making these again.