Guava Jelly-Filled Key Lime Cupcakes with Creme Fraiche Frosting

It’s our friend Katrina’s 20th birthday and we’re celebrating with guava! The first time Felicia and I had guava was when we went to visit Katrina in Miami last summer. We went to 100 Montaditos for lunch and tried 6 very different montaditos. The guava one ended up being all of our favorites and Felicia and I have been entertained by guava ever since! Happy birthday to our guava-loving triplet! We’re sending some virtual Florida sunshine with these Guava Jelly-Filled Key Lime Cupcakes with Creme Fraiche Frosting!


Guava montaditos (100 Montaditos, Miami)


Guava montaditos at home recreate (chicken, manchego, bacon)


Guava dessert from Katrina + Alejandro’s home-cooked Cuban/Puerto Rican meal

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Guava Cheesecake


Guava S’mores

Guava Jelly-Filled Key Lime Cupcakes

with Creme Fraiche Frosting

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For the cupcakes (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction):

  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

For the filling:

  • 2 tsp guava jelly

For the frosting:

  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 1/2 tbsp guava jelly
  • Key lime slices for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and egg white in a separate bowl.
  3. In a larger bowl, combine sugar, lime zest, and butter. Beat with an electric mixer until fluffy (~1 min).
  4. Beat in lime juice and a 1/3 of the dry mixture, followed by 1/2 the wet mixture. Continue alternating additions, ending with the last 1/3 of the dry mixture.
  5. Beat the batter for a good 2 minutes to ensure thorough mixing and an aerated batter.
  6. Scoop batter into liners and bake for 18-22 minutes or until cupcakes are springy to the touch. Let cool.
  7. To fill the cupcakes, use a paring knife to core out the center of each cupcake, fill with guava jelly, and re-top with a piece of the cut-out piece.
  8. To make the frosting, use an electric mixer to beat together the creme fraiche and guava jelly until smooth. Put back in the fridge to firm up a bit before frosting (~30 min).

Today may have been yet another stormy summer day in SoFlo, but put this all together and you’ve got a bright taste of South Florida sunshine!

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