Boozy Margarita Cupcakes

Add a kick of tequila and a lot of lime to your sugary cupcakes
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Lime zest, lime juice, and a shot of tequila are added to these sweet cupcakes.

This recipe is courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere.

24
Servings
648
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

  • 2 1/4 Cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 Cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 Cup lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 Cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 Cups sugar
  • 3 eggs

For the tequila buttercream

  • 3 Cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • 6 Cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 6 Tablespoons tequila
  • 3 Teaspoons lime zest
  • 6 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Teaspoons lime oil

Directions

For the cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

Combine the buttermilk and lime juice in a large measuring cup.

Combine the lime zest, butter, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on a low speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.

With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer in 3 parts, alternating with the buttermilk. Scrape down the sides and mix until everything is just combined. Set the batter aside to rest for 15 minutes.

Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full, and bake for 20 minutes, until the tops are firm, and a cocktail stick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let them cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin pan. 

For the tequila buttercream

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until it is smooth and light in color. Add the sour cream and mix until smooth.

Add the sugar 1 cup at a time. Mix on low speed until it’s fully incorporated, before adding the next cup. When all the sugar has been added, scrape the paddle, and the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the tequila, lime juice, zest, and oil, and beat on a low speed for 15 seconds. Increase the speed and beat for about 5 minutes, until the buttercream is smooth, creamy, and light.     

When the cupcakes are cool, pipe the buttercream on top.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
28g
40%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
98g
75%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
116mg
12%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
12g
48%
Folate, total
103µg
26%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
24mg
8%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
243mg
35%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
554mg
37%
Water
16g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Margarita Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Margarita Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.