Raise your hand if you need a margarita! I know I do. It’s only appropriate that we kick off this Monday with margaritas! Ok, maybe not real margaritas but margarita cupcakes are JUST as good (I promise). And of course, I topped these spiked margarita cupcakes with a tequila lime buttercream frosting and lime slice, so while you’re eating these you can pretend you’re actually sitting on the beach drinking a real margarita.
With just a hint of tequila, it’s not overpowering but still tastable, especially in the frosting. They’re not too far off from a margarita, but unfortunately they won’t give you the same buzz (sorry guys!). I brought these to work last Monday and, needless to say, everyone loved them. I think this is one of my new favorite cupcake recipes! The cupcake and frosting recipes yield 12-15 cupcakes. Mine made 14.
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Zest of two limes
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbs tequila
- 1-2 tsp milk (optional)
In one bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Mix in the sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the lime zest, juice, vanilla and tequila and mix until well-incorporated. Mix in the flour mixture and if the batter is too thick, mix in 1-2 teaspoons of milk to thin the batter. Separate the batter between the cupcake cavities and bake on 350 for 18-20 minutes.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
- 1 cup butter, soft
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbs tequila
- 1 tbs lime juice
- Pinch of salt
- 2-3 drops of green food coloring
To make the frosting, beat the butter until smooth and mix in the powdered sugar, a little at a time. Add the tequila, lime juice and a pinch of salt, and mix until fluffy. If you want a greener color, add a drop of green food coloring to the finished frosting.
Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes and garnish with a slice of lime! Have a happy margarita Monday!