Margarita Cupcakes

Hey Y’all, welcome back! 

One of my favorite parts about summer is being able to sit out on the water and enjoy a tasty frozen margarita! One night, as I was doing so I had this idea.. why not mix my favorite two things together – baking and margaritas! No, I’m not talking about baking with a margarita in hand, even though that isn’t a bad idea 😏 I’m talking about MARGARITA CUPCAKES!

I baked a batch of these back in May to take to a Jimmy Buffett concert for my best friends birthday and they were a HIT! Follow my recipe below to make your delicious margarita cupcakes! Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 limes juices and zested
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk

Directions 

  1. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F 
  3. In a medium size bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. 
  4. In another medium bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it is pale and fluffy. (Usually about 4-5 minutes on medium-high speed). 
  5. Reduce mixing speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time until completely combined. 
  6. Add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla, and tequila. Mix until all ingredients are combined. 
  7. Reduce mixing speed to low and add in your dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Add a little at a time alternating with the milk. 
  8. DO NOT OVER MIX THE BATTER. You want to stop mixing when you can no longer see the ingredients you just added. 
  9. Scoop batter into lined cupcake tins. 
  10. Bake cupcakes for about 15-20 minutes depending on your cupcake size. Use the toothpick test to determine when your cupcakes are finished. 
  11. Remove cupcakes from tin and place on a baking rack to cool for at least 10 minutes. 

Frosting Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila 
  • Pinch of salt

Directions 

  1. Whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. (5 minutes)
  2. Reduce the speed to medium-low and gradually add the powdered sugar. 
  3. Scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed and mix for about 30 seconds. 
  4. Add in the lime juice, tequila and salt. 
  5. Beat on medium-high until it is fluffy. 
  6. Frost your cupcakes using a piping bag and decorating tip. 

*As you can see, I added a bit of green food coloring into my frosting for the desired margarita color. I also ran the edge of my frosting in clear sugar jimmies and garnished with a lime.*

Hope you enjoy making this sweet summer treat as much as I did. 

Cheers!

-J