Margarita Lime Cupcakes

A margarita is my favorite alcoholic beverage. I like the traditional kind with salt around the rim and lime! Mmmmm it’s so good! Before the coronavirus outbreak, you could always find me at El Pueblito sipping on a margarita eating chips, salsa and queso. Since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, I felt inspired to create margarita cupcakes to share with you all! Below are some tips and the recipe!

It is important all your cold/wet ingredients are at room temperature. Especially your dairy products. According to Sally’s Baking Addiction, dairy ingredients trap air at room temperature which then causes the ingredients to expand in the oven. This makes your baked goods extra fluffy. So before you start this recipe, let your butter, milk, limes, tequila, and eggs sit out for at least an hour before you start baking.

When you are ready to start, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, you will cream the softened butter and sugar until it becomes a fluffy light texture. I used a handheld mixer on medium speed for about 4-5 minutes.

You will then add your egg whites and one whole egg. I used large eggs. I added the whole egg first to the butter sugar mixture. I mixed for about 2 minutes. Then I added the three egg whites in. The egg whites are important because they help lighten and leaven the structure of the cake. The whole egg includes the egg yolk because I wanted to add a bit of extra fat to the cake to avoid it being dry with only egg whites.

After you have combined all the eggs, you will add one-third of your flour mixture. Mix the ingredients well with a handheld mixer. If you need to scrape the sides with a mixing spoon, feel free to do so. After, you will add milk and the vanilla extract. Then combine ingredients with the batter. Then you will add another one-third of the flour mixture in. You should feel the batter become thicker as you add more flour. Then you will add the lime juice, tequila (yum), and lime zest. Combine the ingredients together with the batter. Then add the rest of your flour mixture!

I used Hornitos Plata Tequila for this recipe. You can get it at your local liquor store.

Your batter should have a whipped texture. Add about 2-2 1/2 tablespoons of batter to a cupcake liner for each cupcake. Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes on 350 F. While your cupcakes are baking, feel free to make your Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting!

The first step is to cream softened butter with a handheld mixer. Again your butter should be left out an hour before starting the butter cream. Do not put the butter in the microwave. Add in one cup of powdered sugar and combine with butter using a handheld mixer. Next add in one additional cup of sugar and the vanilla extract., then combine the ingredients. Finally add in tequila and lime with the last two cups of powdered sugar. After you mix the ingredients start adding the food coloring. When you’ve mixed in the food coloring feel free to add the additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar to stiffen the frosting if needed.

I was really impressed with how well the cupcakes turned out! They were tangy, boozy, and delicious! Let me know how these Margarita Lime Cupcakes turn out for you!

Margarita Lime Cupcakes

  • Servings: 26-30
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A friendly and boozy margarita treat to share!

Margarita Cupcake Batter

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (2 limes) lime juice
  • 1/2 cup white tequila
  • 2 tbsp lime zest

Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (2 limes) lime juice
  • 3 tbsp white tequila
  • 6 drops green gel food coloring (optional)
  • 4 drops teal gel food coloring (optional)

Margarita Cupcakes Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix softened butter and sugar for 4-5 minutes with hand held mixer until you get a fluffy white texture.
  4. Then add one large whole egg. Mix well.
  5. Add the egg whites and combine the ingredients well.
  6. After add one-third of the flour mixture with the butter, sugar, and egg mixture. Mix ingredients well. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  7. Add milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  8. Add in another one-third of flour mixture into the batter. It should begin to thicken. Combine additional flour in well.
  9. Add in lime juice, tequila, and lime zest. Mix it all in really well into the batter.
  10. Add the remaining flour. You should have a whipped textured batter.
  11. Add about 2-2 1/2 tablespoons of batter into each cupcake liner.
  12. Bake each batch for about 15-20 minutes each or until done.
  13. Let them cool before frosting.

Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, mix softened butter with handheld mixer for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add one cup of powdered sugar. Mix well with butter.
  3. Add vanilla and another cup of powdered sugar. Mix well with handheld mixer.
  4. Add tequila and lime juice. Mix it all in first.
  5. Then add the last two cups of powdered sugar.
  6. Add in some food coloring and mix well. You may need to add more drops of coloring to get the green you desire.
  7. Add in the additional 1/4 cup of powdered sugar after all your food coloring is stirred in.

Enjoy these delicious cupcakes out in the sun as if you were sippin’ on a real margarita!


Per Serving: 366 calories; 18.3 g fat; 47.3 g carbohydrates; 2.6 g protein; 55 mg cholesterol; 238 mg sodium.

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