Sunday, August 9, 2009

Margarita Cupcakes

In case you haven't figured it out by now, I just love making cupcakes. They are so much fun, and who doesn't love their own personal dessert? I love trying out new varieties, so I always sign up for dessert at potlucks.

My women's Bible Study group got together with our husbands for a cookout. And what kind of cupcake is better than a margarita cupcake to take to a church function, right?

These cupcakes are actually from the book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but I did not make them vegan. I used whole milk instead of soy, and butter instead of shortening in the frosting. This was fine until we went to see a movie before the party and were faced with leaving them in a 100 degree car. So I just put them in a cooler to keep the icing from running. It still melted a bit from the heat of my hand while piping, but not too badly. Just something to be aware of if you make these.

The cupcakes have a very subtle lime and tequila flavor; not to tart or sweet. It really does taste like a margarita!

Margarita Cupcakes
adapted from
makes 24 cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup margarita mix
  • zest of 2 limes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons tequila
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Fill 2 12-cup muffin tins with liners, and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, margarita mix, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add to lime mixture and stir until just combined. Divide evenly into muffin tins.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed.
Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
Tequila Lime Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons margarita mix
  • 3 Tablespoons tequila
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • sugar, for "rims"
Cream the butter, milk, lime juice, margarita mix, and tequila in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Gradually add the sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowl every so often. Beat an additional 3-4 minutes.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a #12 round tip. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes, and dip edges into green sugar to resemble salt on the rims of glasses.

Note: I think it would also be cute to tint the frosting green and use coarse sugar for rims.


Laura said...

These are just adorable! I've got some leftover margarita mixer I in the fridge that I need to use up too. Perfect!

Molly Jean said...

HAHAHAHA! I'm so glad you said it and not me. I was thinking, "Bible study = margarita cupcakes??? Not with my group!"

I'm glad your group enjoyed them. They look great and the 'rim' is a great touch!

Lisa said...

These look insanely good!
Quick question before I rattle the bowls..shouldn't there be an egg or two in the mix? Seems like they got left out of the party mix.

Josie said...

Hi Lisa, since this recipe is adapted from a vegan cookbook, there are no eggs. I was thinking that you could probably just make a basic white cake and add the margarita flavors though :-)

Gwyn said...

I made these for Cinco de Mayo & they are excellent! My one complaint is the consistency of the icing... maybe cause of the tequila & lime juice? i may play around with that a bit next time... oh & i couldn't get my sugar rim to be as pretty as yours so i left that off. but the taste... is to die for! just like drinking a margarita! YUM!

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Anonymous said...

How would they taste without the tequila?

Anonymous said...

How would they taste without the tequila?

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Heather - Fifty-Two Cakes said...

You said 1/2 cup butter and 2 sticks - usually 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup. So is it 1/2 cup of butter (1 cup), or a full cup of butter (2 sticks)? Thanks, love!

Heather - 52 Cakes said...

LOL Now I've messed up.

is it 1/2 cup of butter (1 STICK), or a full cup of butter (2 STICK)?

Josie said...

So sorry for the typo! I believe it is 1/2 cup = 1 stick.


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