Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to complement any festive celebrations! There is no need to decide if you want a lemon or lime margarita because these Margarita Cupcakes have both flavors! A lemon cupcake is topped with lime buttercream and garnished with the peels of a lemon and a lime. If you love cupcakes that are bursting with flavor, try my Cherry Limeade Cupcakes!

Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

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 actually salt.

Ingredients

  • 1 box lemon cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tequila

If you notice the list of ingredients, you might realize it is not exactly like the recipe on the box. I used the dry mix and finished making the batter my way, not forgetting the tequila, of course!

How to Make Margarita Cupcakes

First, fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full of the lemon cake batter. Bake the cupcakes for 18 minutes at 350°F. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the lime buttercream. Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack before you pipe on the buttercream. Finally, don’t forget to add the salt. Like I said, not everyone will be fooled (or pleased) if you just add the sanding sugar! Garnish with the peels of a lemon and a lime to really make an impression.

margarita-cupcakes

Lime Buttercream

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to complement any festive celebrations!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 -5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk or half and half

Instructions

  • 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 the confectioners' 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.

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Reader Comments

  1. Currently making these for my cousin’s 21st. Can’t wait until she has her first tequila/margarita cupcake!

  2. I made these and they where amazing! I left out the egg yolks and they still turned out amazing! I also added a little bit of tequila to the frosting. Yum!

  3. 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.
    thanks,
    denise

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

    1. Hi Shannon! You can use rum. If you are looking for a non-alcohol version, I would stick to a regular cupcake recipe.

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