Margarita Cupcakes

I think this is the first week all summer that we’re supposed to have rain. We definitely need it, but it sure does put a damper on my pool time. Since we can’t lounge out in the sun, we can at least continue the summer activities by enjoying margarita cupcakes. I’ve been meaning to post these for awhile now. I first made these when someone just offhandedly asked if I could make a margarita cupcake (of course I said sure). I was honestly surprised at the response I got to these. Citrus is just one of the flavors that people LOVE or they’re not crazy about. I expected people to like these, but I didn’t really consider them “favorite” material. You know what I mean by “favorite”- red velvet, salted caramel, flavors that people just love. But these were very well received and are requested often. In my opinion the lime curd filling is what makes the cupcake, it would not be as good without it. “Curd” has to be one of my least favorite words by the way. These are light, fluffy cupcakes with a kick of lime and tequila and definitely a summer cupcake!

Margarita Cupcakes
Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes (~24 cupcakes)

  • 3 c. flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp tequila

Preheat oven to 350* and line your cupcake tin. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time. Beat in lime zest, vanilla, and tequila. With the mixer on low, alternately add in the flour mixture and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.  Fill tins about 2/3 full and bake for ~22 minutes , or until they pass the toothpick test.

Lime Curd Filling

  • Zest of 4 limes
  • 1 c. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks

In a medium saucepan, stir together the lime zest, juice and sugar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk the lime mixture into the eggs to temper them. Scrape the mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.

Margarita Cupcakes

Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Tequila

Cream the cream cheese and tequila together. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time. You can add milk or water to thin out the frosting to the consistency you need. Fill the cupcakes with the lime curd filling, and then frost them. Garnish with lime zest, or those white sugar crystals (because they look like salt around a marg glass!).

Margarita Cupcakes


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