These Margarita cupcakes are a fun dessert to serve at an adult party. These are lime infused cupcakes with a little tequila and Grand Marnier. They are frosted with a lime buttercream frosting.
Margarita cupcakes are perfect for a party!
Cinco de Mayo will be here soon. Although it’s a Mexican holiday, here in the US Cinco de Mayo celebrations are pretty common… mostly an excuse to eat Mexican food and partake in a few margaritas. We had a party last year for this very reason. These margarita cupcakes are fun for a party at Cinco de Mayo, but they can surely be made for any festive and grown-up occasion …emphasis on adult. They contain a bit of tequila, so it’s probably best to keep them away from the smaller ones.
There is also Grand Marnier in these cupcakes. Grand Marnier can be pricey, so you can always grab a small bottle from a liquor store, or you can substitute for Cointreau or Triple Sec (which is a bit cheaper). Those who don’t drink may ask you if you can omit the alcohol in this recipe … you can try making them using just the margarita. mixer, but I can’t guarantee the flavor as I haven’t tried it this way.
How to make Margarita cupcakes:
These Margarita cupcakes are simple cupcakes that start with a box of white cake mix. The ingredients for the margarita are mixed with the egg whites, vegetable oil and lime zest. The margarita flavor takes over, you don’t even notice it’s made with a canned mix.
The frosting is a lime buttercream. I slowly add the lime juice until I get the flavor I want. Just a very mild lime flavor is best to go with the tart flavor of the cupcake (the tequila flavor doesn’t really show through). Decorate with small slices of lime and add a few shots of tequila to your dessert tray too!
I thought maybe this was a fun way to serve them too, but then things might get a little, uh, interesting when your guests lick the bottoms of shot glasses. In the photo above, I made larger sized margarita cupcakes in the large muffin tins to accommodate the size of a shot glass on top.
If you’re looking for more delicious recipes to serve at your Mexican themed party, you might like serving my Mexican Street Corn Dip in the Slow Cooker or these pineapple margaritas. This Mexican Cinco de Mayo cold cuts board would also be a great display.
These are fun for a Cinco de Mayo party, but they can surely be made for any festive and grown-up occasion … the focus is on the grown-ups. They contain a bit of tequila, so it’s probably best to keep them away from the smaller ones.
Servings: 24 cupcakes
- 9 ounces margarita mix
- 3 ounces Tequila
- ¾ ounce Grand Marnier
- 1 box white cake mix
- 3 big Egg whites
- 2 soup spoons canola or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
LIME BUTTER ICING:
- 1 Chopped off Unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 5 to 6 cups Granulated sugar
- 2 soup spoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- green food coloring, if desired
- small lime slices for garnish, if desired
PREPARE THE CUPCAKES:
Whisk together margarita mix, tequila and Grand Marnier in a small bowl. Measure 1¼ cup for recipe; pour the rest on ice and drink it while making the cupcakes.
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the cake mix, egg whites, oil, lime zest and 1¼ cup of the margarita mix from step 1. Mix over low heat for about 30 minutes. seconds, then increase speed to medium and blend for an additional two minutes. The dough will be slightly lumpy.
Pour the batter into cupcake molds (about ¾½ full). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes in the molds, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
PREPARE THE GLAZE:
Place the butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until the butter is foamy. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, lime juice, zest and salt. Mix until thick and creamy. Add more powdered sugar until the icing has a good spreading (or piping) consistency. Mix in a small amount of green food coloring or gel paste if you want the frosting to have a green tint. Frost the cupcakes the way you prefer … by spreading or spreading the frosting. Use small lime slices as a garnish.
- *Conversions: 9 ounces = a little over a cup, 3 ounces = a little less than ⅓ Chopped off, ¾ ounce = 1 tbsp
- * Grand Marnier is an orange liqueur – under another type if you wish or add orange juice.
- * Don’t worry too much about the exact measurement of the margarita / tequila / Grand Marnier mixture. Look at it and measure the 1¼ cups you will need for the recipe.
- * If you just spread frosting on the cupcakes (rather than the piping), you will likely have some frosting left over.
- * If you prepare them a day before, it is best to place them in a covered container and refrigerate them. Return them to room temperature a few hours before serving. Of course, they are best if eaten on the day they are prepared.
Portion: 1little cake, Calories: 269kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 1g, Large: 9g, Saturated fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 161mg, Potassium: 20mg, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 235UI, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 44mg, The iron: 0.4mg