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Margarita Cupcakes

Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 21 mins
Total Time: 31 mins
Margarita Cupcakes: Fluffy lime cupcakes topped with a rich tequila lime buttercream. If you like margaritas you'll love these cupcakes!


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice (About 2 Limes), Freshly Squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Zest (From about 1 1/2 Limes)
  • 1 Cup + 1 Tablespoon Tequila, Divided
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk

For the Tequila Lime Frosting

  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Lime Juice (From about 2 limes), Freshly Squeezed
  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Zest (From about 5 limes)
  • 4 Tablespoons Tequila
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Lime Slices, To Garnish


For the Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until combined.
  • In another large bowl, beat sugar, butter, and eggs until combined. Then add in the lime juice, lime zest, 1 tablespoon tequila, and vanilla.
  • Alternate between adding in the milk, and flour mixture until everything is just combined. 
  • Fill each cupcake liner ¾ full. Bake for 21-23 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes.
  • Once cooled, poke holes into the cupcake and brush remaining tequila over the top using a BBQ sauce brush, or you can dip the top of the cupcake into a bowl of tequila. Cool completely. 

For the Tequila Lime Frosting

  • In a large bowl, beat butter, lime juice, lime zest, and tequila until light and fluffy. 
  • Add powdered sugar a little at a time. Add heavy cream as needed to reach your desired consistency. 
  • Pipe with a star tip or spread frosting onto cupcakes. Top with a lime slice and a paper straw if desired.


Calories: 482kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 69mg, Potassium: 123mg, Sugar: 46g, Vitamin A: 16%, Vitamin C: 4.4%, Calcium: 5.5%, Iron: 5.1%
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Birthday, boozy, Easy, From Scratch
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