Margarita Cupcakes

Hubs and I went up to a friends’ house over the weekend for a little barbeque.  When I asked my friend what I could bring, she said she had everything covered for appetizers, drinks and dinner.  So I figured I would bring dessert.  Obviously, my choice was cupcakes.  I have been wanting to make Margarita cupcakes for quite some time now, but all of the recipes I come across use white cake mix.  I feel like I’m cheating when I use those and like I don’t deserve the compliments when people like them.  Annie of Annie’s Eats recommended these and promised that they would be worth it.  They certainly were.  They were delish and everyone loved them.  Next time when I have more time, I’ll figure out a way to make them from scratch!

Margarita Cupcakes
Confections of a Foodie Bride by Shawnda

9 oz. margarita mix
3 oz. tequila
¾ oz. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
white cake mix
3 egg whites
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. lime zest
1 recipe lime buttercream frosting (recipe below)

Mix together the margarita mix, tequila and Grand Marnier in a large glass or spouted bowl. Reserve 1 ¼ cups of this for the cupcake batter and drink the rest as a treat while you are baking.

In a stand mixer, add the margarita mixture (1 ¼ cups), cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, and lime zest. Mix on low for about 30 seconds and then increase to medium speed for 2 minutes (the batter will still be a bit lumpy).

Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin pan and fill cups 2/3 to ¾ full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Once the cupcakes have cooled, make the frosting for the cupcakes.

Lime Buttercream Frosting
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. lime juice
green food coloring (optional)

Add all ingredients to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low until combined. Turn the speed to medium-high until the icing is light and fluffy. Use water to thin the frosting if necessary (I used about 2 tbsp). Add the icing to a pastry bag or use a spatula/knife to frost the cupcakes.

10 Responses to “Margarita Cupcakes”

  1. 1 Annie April 29, 2008 at 1:40 am

    Yay! So glad they were a hit. I would love to know how to make them from scratch as well, so let me know if you ever figure that out. They look great too!

  2. 2 CB April 29, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Nummy yummy job girlfriend! I wanna try these out too so loving your good review. I am so proud… sniff

  3. 3 Kat Graz April 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    These look FAB! Now I would imagine they would go perfectly with a very large Margarita!!!

  4. 4 Tempered Woman April 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I LURVE me some margarita cupcakes!! If you are feeling especially daring you can check out mine:
    I plan on making the cookies again for Cinco de Mayo this weekend. I love that your recipe has actual margarita ingredients too~ I’ve seen recipes that don’t and I’m left wondering? WHY?!?! 😉
    Stef at Cupcake Project also made some if you do decide to do some investigating and tweaking for your own. These look really cute tho- nice decorating skillz!

  5. 5 April April 29, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    These look delish!!! I need to make these soon. Perfect summer dessert!

  6. 7 Martin Hemmer July 11, 2009 at 12:29 am

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  7. 8 February 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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