Margarita Cupcakes

filed under: Cupcakes on April 16, 2012
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  • Margarita Cupcakes are slightly tangy and a lot sweet and the perfect way to compliment any festive celebrations!

    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

    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 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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  • Julia {The Roasted Root} says:

    I’d love to throw back a few of these tequilla-infused cupcakes with a few margaritas. What a nice neighbor you are to make such a tasty, gorgeous and thoughtful surprise treat! Beautiful and zesty!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    I love these! Very sweet of you to bring these to your neighbor Amanda!

  • Kristina Vanni says:

    Great idea to use sugar as ‘salt’! These look great – thanks for sharing!

  • marla says:

    Now are you the bestest neighbor or what??!! I bet everyone is gonna say they have a birthday coming up!

  • Tahna says:

    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Love it!

  • grace says:

    rolling the cupcakes in fat sugar crystals was brilliant, amanda!

  • susan says:

    I don’t drink but this could be a great way to catch that “buzz” that I “vaguely” remember from my college days! You and your creations make me smile!

  • DEBBIE GRAY says:

    My version of marquarita cake came from a recipe @ Williams & Sonoma.. Use a yellow cake mix, all ingredients on box, except water… instead of water, use marguarita mix/no tequeila, just the bottled mix. This is also a wonderful cake. Sheet pan, then out the oven, mix powdered sugar and more marguarita mix and drizzle, ENJOY!

    • Amanda says:

      Oh fun! That sounds great!

  • franchise brisbane says:

    Hey i have tried similar recipe, my friends liked it. Now i will try with this one!

  • Lisa says:

    These look amazing! I have to admit, I’m part of what seems like a small percent of people that doesn’t like tequila or margaritas. HOWEVER, that won’t stop me from making these for the Cinco de Mayo party I’m attending this wekend. I am definitely going to be the hit of the party!!

  • Kim says:

    HI there. I just wanted to let you know that I made these and entered them into a cupcake war contest and won FIRST PLACE. thanks so much! Happy cinco de mayo

  • Michelle says:

    Made these for cinco de mayo and they were a huge hit!! One person said it was the best cupcake she had ever eaten!!! The lime butter cream frosting was to die for!!!!

  • Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies says:

    Wow, a warm summy day and these delicious cupcakes! xoxo Kim

  • joy says:

    I’m catching up on blogs (see definition for stalking) that I haven’t been able to read in a while… I’m going to HAVE to make these for work! We’re in the middle of some banking conversions and I think we could all use a sweet “drink”!

  • Jessica says:

    I made Strawberry Margarita cupcakes for Cinco De Mayo! I will have to try this recipe next!!

  • Sarah says:

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

  • Elizabeth says:

    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!

  • Annika says:

    I love how much effort you put into the details!

  • Jessica says:

    Can’t wait to try these!!

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