And then I ate them. T_T
The strawberry ones, though not as pretty or fragrant as the lime ones (and the frosting was still too runny, ugh), turned out better in texture and general cupcake-ness. The cake part was moist and fluffy, and the frosting had more of a strawberry-yogurt quality to it.
The lime ones turned out dense and kind of chewy, with the frosting quite a bit more overbearing than I had thought. Perhaps the flavor intensified as the frosting set? In any case, if I do lime cupcakes again -- which I probably will, just to get my kicks -- I'm going to do a much subtler flavor for the frosting and actually use the dang electric mixer on the batter.
So, I could lie and say they were beautiful in taste, texture and decoration, but the high scores really only landed in the third category. I told you baking was not my strong point!
That bastard delicious chocolate cake I made for Dylan's 22nd birthday party (see), however, was a fortunate fluke and the exception to the rule. It wasn't the prettiest thing, but at least it was ass-kicking delicious.
So, my first venture into cupcakes, upon post-taste re-evaluation, was more like a C.