IC: Earth Cran-Lime Vodka Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the frosting I used on my IC: Earth Crantini Cupcakes

Vodka-Lime Frosting


3/4 Cup Butter

1/4 Cup Shortening

1 tsp. Vanilla

4-5 cups Powdered {icing} Sugar, Sifted ( The amount will vary on what type of consistency you want )

1-2 tsp. Milk

2 Limes (1 for zesting and Juice, and 1 for garnish)

1 Tbsp. Vodka

*Splash of Cranberry juice


Before you begin, zest one lime and squeeze out its juices into a cup. Set aside the lime zest and juice to add later. Sift icing sugar into a large bowl so you can easily measure it out once you start.

Using a stand mixer, cream softened butter and shortening, add vanilla and mix until smooth.

Add sugar gradually, 1/2 cup at a time. Once you’ve added 1 cup, mix in milk. Once you’ve gotten the milk mixed in, gradually add sugar and lime juice alternating.

Once you have mixed all the lime juice in, add the vodka {this can be omitted if you don’t want to add alcohol.} Once you have mixed in all the juices, add the rest of the sugar slowly until you achieve the desired consistency. You will want it to be stiff enough to pipe, so you want to be sure that it is not too watered down with the lime juice and vodka. You may add more/less lime juice depending on how much flavor you want.

If you want to, you may add some coloring to the frosting. Add this last, or separate the icing into different mixing bowls to use different colors. Preferably use gel food coloring, so it does not add more liquid.

*For the pink icing I also added a splash of cranberry juice for Cranberry Lime Frosting.


For the Crantini cupcakes, I decided to give them a sugared rim (using Bar Sugar) and top them off with sugared cranberries and lime wedges.

I used  this recipe for the Sugared Cranberries, if you don’t want to go to all the hassle you can just use raw cranberries washed, and tossed in superfine sugar. Place in fridge for a few minutes to harden.

3 Comments on IC: Earth Cran-Lime Vodka Frosting

  1. Jenn Sedor
    November 29, 2008 at 5:06 AM (6 years ago)

    Phew… I’m so glad I kept looking for this… Delicious sounding! Good work.

  2. Alicia
    November 29, 2008 at 9:00 PM (6 years ago)

    Thanks so much! I hope you like them! Im glad you found the recipe, I will update that now! Thanks~ Alicia


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