Margarita Cupcake Recipe

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This homemade Margarita Cupcake recipe is a tequila spiked cupcake loaded with lime and topped with a lime infused frosting.
A group of 3 cupcakes with green polka dot wrapper stacked together with a lime wedge in the background

Summer should be a margarita in one hand and a cupcake in the other, while sitting next to the pool. Ya feel me?

Beside prosecco, margaritas are my go-to drink when I’m out to dinner. I just love the salty, tangy combination.

A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers texted me asking if I had a margarita cupcake recipe, and much to my dismay, I did not! I only had a Strawberry Margarita Poke Cake.

A cupcake sitting in a vintage cupcake pan with a white frosting and lime zest

I needed to fix this immediately. So, I made both my Margarita Cupcakes. These homemade Margarita Cupcakes are tequila spiked cupcakes loaded with lime and topped with a lime infused frosting. Summer should be a margarita in one hand and a cupcake in the other, while sitting next to the pool. Ya feel me? Beside prosecco, margaritas are my go-to drink when I’m out to dinner. I just love the salty, tangy combination. A few weeks ago, one of my coworkers texted me asking if I had a margarita cupcake recipe, and much to my dismay, I did not! I needed to fix this immediately. So, I made both my Strawberry Margarita Layer Cake and also these Margarita Cupcakes. These are tequila spiked cupcakes loaded with lime and topped with a lime infused frosting. There are plenty of margarita cupcake recipes for you to choose from, but I’d have to imagine the other ones aren’t quite as moist as this one. My cupcake is denser and resembles a sponge cake. It’s an adaption from my moist vanilla cupcake recipe, which is my absolute favorite. You’ll love this recipe because it requires very little effort to put together. There’s no waiting for butter to come to room temperature because this is an oil-based recipe. The oil helps produce a more tender crumb in this cupcake. For the tequila, I prefer to use a clear (blanco) tequila as opposed to a golden tequila but either one would work. When it comes times to zesting the lime, a good zester goes a long way. I used to hate zesting fruits until I got my hands on my microblade zester. It’s so easy to use and gets the most out of my fruits. You’ll need lime zest and juice for both the cupcake and the frosting. The frosting is my perfect vanilla frosting with a little lime and tequila added to it. It’s not to overpowering and helps bring out the flavors in the cupcake. One thing that’s different about my frosting recipe is it starts with cold butter. You see, I hate having to wait for my butter to come to room temperature before I can use it, so I created a frosting recipe that doesn’t require softened butter. However, this means that you will spend more time beating the butter until it resembles a whipped consistency. This makes a very light and airy frosting that is perfect for piping cupcakes. For these Margarita cupcakes, I used a 1M piping tip and some green polka dot cupcake liners. I also garnished them with some coarse sugar crystals (which are basically clear sprinkles) to resemble the salt you might find on the rim of your margarita. I can never get too much of that! Whether you’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo or just your average Wednesday, these homemade Margarita Cupcakes are a crowd pleaser.” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Strawberry Margarita Layer Cake and also these Margarita Cupcakes.

These are tequila spiked cupcakes loaded with lime and topped with a lime infused frosting.

There are plenty of margarita cupcake recipes for you to choose from, but I’d have to imagine the other ones aren’t quite as moist as this one. My cupcake is denser and resembles a sponge cake. It’s an adaption from my moist vanilla cupcake recipe, which is my absolute favorite.

A shot of a tequila spiked cupcake with lime frosting and a giant bite taken out of it

You’ll love this recipe because it requires very little effort to put together. There’s no waiting for butter to come to room temperature because this is an oil-based cupcake recipe. The oil helps produce a more tender crumb in this cupcake.

For the tequila, I prefer to use a clear (blanco) tequila as opposed to a golden tequila but either one would work.

A beautiful margarita cupcake with lime frosting, and a green polka dot cupcake liner with the sides peeled away

When it comes time to zesting the lime, a good zester is your best friend. I used to hate zesting fruits until I got my hands on my microblade zester. It’s so easy to use and gets the most out of my fruits.

You’ll need lime zest and juice for both the cupcake and the frosting. The frosting is my perfect vanilla frosting recipe with a little lime and tequila added to it. It’s not to overpowering and helps bring out the flavors in the cupcake.

One thing that’s different about my frosting recipe is it starts with cold butter. You see, I hate having to wait for my butter to come to room temperature before I can use it, so I created a frosting recipe that doesn’t require softened butter. It allows you to have more control over the texture and consistency of your frosting.

A horizontal images of a group of cupcakes with a sliced lime and green polka dot cupcake liners

However, this means that you will spend more time beating the butter until it resembles a whipped consistency. This makes a very light and airy frosting that is perfect for piping cupcakes.

For these Margarita cupcakes, I used a 1M piping tip and some green polka dot cupcake liners. I also garnished them with some coarse sugar crystals (which are basically clear sprinkles) to resemble the salt you might find on the rim of your margarita. I can never get too much of that!

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco De Mayo or just your average Wednesday, this Margarita Cupcake recipe is a crowd pleaser.

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Margarita Cupcake Recipe

  • Author: Beyond Frosting
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24-26 cupcakes

Description

This homemade Margarita Cupcake recipe is a tequila spiked cupcake loaded with lime and topped with a lime infused frosting.

Ingredients

For the cupcake

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup light sour cream
  • 2 limes, zested
  • ¼ cup lime juice (approximately 2 limes)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup tequila (I use clear)
  • ½ cup milk (I use nonfat)

For the frosting

  •  2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 56 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons tequila
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 lime, zested
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until the eggs and oil are well incorporated and the batter is lighter in color, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  3. Next mix in the sour cream and lime zest and beat until well combined.
  4. Add half the flour followed by the baking powder and salt and beat on low speed while pouring in the lime juice and tequila and mix just until the flour starts to incorporate.
  5. Finally add the remaining flour, mixing on low speed while pouring in the milk and beating until all of the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir the batter from the bottom to the top to ensure it’s well mixed.
  7. Using a large cookie scoop, divide the batter evenly, filling each liner 2/3 full. Careful not to overfill.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 14-16 minutes. Test the cupcakes for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. Cool Completely.
  9. For the frosting: Cut the butter into pieces. Using the paddle attachment, whip butter for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally. Beat until butter look light in color.
  10. Alternate adding 2 cups of powdered sugar at a time with the liquid ingredients: tequila, vanilla extract, lime juice followed by the lime zest. Ensure the powdered sugar is well combined, and whip for 1-2 minutes before adding more powdered sugar.
  11. Once the last of the powdered sugar has been added, increase speed to medium-high and beat for another 3-5 minutes to whip additional air into the frosting.

Notes

For more information on this frosting recipe, see my tips in the original recipe for perfect vanilla frosting.

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3 Responses
  1. Elizabeth

    It tastes just like a margarita! Unfortunately even after following the recipe and baking times to a T, they were very dry and dense and not quite what we expected.

    1. Beyond Frosting

      Thank you Elizabeth for sharing. Dense, yes. The cupcake is similar to a sponge cake. But dry? They definitely shouldn’t be dry! How long did you bake them for?

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