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Margarita Cupcakes Recipe

Margarita Cupcakes are a tequila-infused adult treat with all the flavors of a margarita at your fingertips!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time39 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Margarita Cupcakes Recipe
Servings: 12
Calories: 381kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net



  • 1 1/2 cups (187.5g) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (122.5g) milk, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup (113g or 1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon tequila


  • 1/2 cup (113g or 1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 2-3 cups (250g to 375g) confectioners' sugar
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon sanding sugar
  • kosher salt, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Pour milk into a 1 cup measuring cup and add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice. Stir to incorporate and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, add in eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk mixture, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated and make sure speed is always on low.
  • Divide batter evenly in a muffin pan. Bake for 18-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • When done baking, remove cupcakes from oven and brush with tequila. After about 5 minutes, transfer cupcakes to a wire rack to completely cool before frosting.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, add butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Turn mixer off and add in the confectioners' sugar. Turn mixer on low and slowly add in freshly squeezed lime juice, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Mix until thick and creamy.
  • To decorate a cupcake, add frosting to a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip. Pipe out frosting onto cooled cupcake and top with sanding sugar. If you want to add salt, sprinkle just a couple granules over the top of the cupcake.
  • Cupcakes last about 3 days but are best served immediately.


Calories: 381kcal