Margarita Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on April 16, 2012

Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to compliment any festive celebrations!


Lime Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to compliment any festive celebrations!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lime Buttercream
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/2 c butter softened
  • 4 -5 cups powder sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. milk or half and half
  1. In a mixer, blend butter, lime zest (make sure it is a very fine grate if you are piping out the frosting), vanilla, and salt until fully combined. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with lime juice. If you need more liquid add the milk or half and half to reach your desired consistency



I don’t know if you can see it… but I actually rolled the edge of the cupcake is sparkling sugar to mimic salt.  I don’t want to name names, but a certain man I live with may or may not have been fooled into thinking it was actual salt.

To make these cupcakes you will need:

1 box lemon cake

4 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup tequila

I used the dry ingredients from the box and added these wet ingredients to it.  I did not follow the suggested ingredient list on the box.

I filled the cupcake liners 3/4 way full and baked for about 18 minutes at 350.

Lime Buttercream recipe (below)

sanding sugar

lemon & lime peel for garnish


I really enjoyed these Margarita Cupcakes!  They are definitely a little sour and sweet, but is pretty much what a margarita is right?

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  • Denise Gianinetti says:

    So since we are on subject of “tips..” 🙂 which tip did you use here , I may have missed in older comment , if so sorry for the repeat.

  • Terie says:

    I just made TWO of the opinion gooyi chocolate cakes? Omg!!! I took one to a neighbor that fixed my lawnmower (waiting for comments!) They turned out super good! That’s a keeper for the family recipe box!

  • Lisa Nesbitt says:

    LUV IT

  • Benjamin says:

    I up the flavor some an used margarita in the cake mix an in the buttercream. I did the same thing with Cresent rolls an other breads.

  • Mich says:

    Um, the tequila is missing from the icing! Just saying. How perfect after a mexican dinner! CHEERS!

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