MARGARITA CUPCAKES! – Tequila and lime infused cupcakes with a simple cream cheese frosting and a sprinkle of salt will get your party started! These grown up cupcakes are moist, delicious and fun to serve!
We started with our Easy Fresh Key Lime Cake recipe and added a bit of tequila to kick it up a notch!
You can’t beat the flavor of fresh lime and zest. Make sure and zest your lime before you juice it!…yes that makes sense, but let me tell ya I have made that mistake many man times! Slippery little suckers I’ll tell ya….
Mix up your simple and easy batter, fill your cupcake liners about three quarters of the way full.
We found these foil cupcake liners and kinda liked the way they looked all shiny and stuff.
How long do I bake these Margarita Cupcakes for?
- 12-14 minutes is just about perfect at 350 degrees.
- they are perfectly done when the top bounces back when touched but not brown around the edges for tender cupcakes
PROTIP: Many ovens are off temp and can ruin simple baking recipes. We recently moved and our new oven was off by 30 degrees! Invest in a cheap and cheerful oven thermometer. You might be surprised!
Once your cupcakes are cooled, combine tequila and a squeeze of lime in small dish and brush a bit on each cupcake!
Now we’re talking!
Time for the frosting!
We kept the frosting simple but flavorful with cream cheese, butter and lime with a sprinkle of coarse salt to bring home that fresh margarita taste!
You can pipe on the frosting but I’m no fancy baker so I just slather it on with a knife…looks good to me!
Sprinkle a little kosher salt and add a slice of lime and you are ready to party!
We love a party around here and a few of our favorite Party Recipes are:
Smoked Salmon Pizza – Easy, portable and delicious!
Taco Cups! – Wonton wrappers stuffed with taco meat made in your muffin tin!
Easy Guacamole – that won’t turn brown!
Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – this is the one we are asked to bring over and over again!
To cupcakes that aren’t just for kids!
Kathi & Rachel
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For the Cupcakes
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime zest
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons tequila any variety
- 2 3/4 cup all purpose white flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Tequila Lime Baste
- 1/4 cup tequila any variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
For Fresh Lime Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 3 cups confectioner sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest
- 4 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- coasre salt for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake muffin tin with cupcake liners. (This recipe makes 24 cupcakes. Use two 12 cup muffin tins if you have them or make two batches).
- Cream together butter and sugar in large mixing bowl using a electric mixter. Add eggs one at a time.
- Add milk, lime juice, lime zest, and tequila. Combine until well blended.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix unti until well blended. Do not over beat as this will result in a tougher cake.
- Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the cupcake just springs back in the middle or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Compltely cool. Combine 1/4 cup tequila and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice. Brush over cooled cupcakes.
- In large bowl beat together butter and cream cheese with electric mixer. Add lime juice and lime zest. Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time until frosting is smooth and creamy.
- Frost cupcakes generously. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and garnish with a slice of lime.
- Store cupcakes in a cool place for up to 3 days.
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