Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Boozy Margarita Cupcakes

Can you think of a better way to celebrate National Tequila Day, than with a Boozy Margarita Cupcake?  This scrumptious cupcake is inspired by the Classic Margarita.  Packed full of lime and tequila, the moist and tender cake will draw you in with incredible ribbons of lime zest through out.  The icing on the cupcake?  A true Margarita frosting!

A frosting spiked with Cuervo Gold tequila and triple sec is brightened with fresh lime juice to make this the most amazing Boozy Margarita Cupcake you will ever sink your teeth into!

Ok, perhaps there could be a few other ways to celebrate.  Check out these  8 Fabulous Ways to celebrate National Tequila Day.

Classic Frozen Margarita
I hope you enjoy!  We surely have.

TSRI Tip:  If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own to substitute.  To make 1 cup of buttermilk substitute:  simply add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup.  Fill to the 1 cup line with milk.   Allow to set for 5 minutes at room temperature and use as needed.

Boozy Margarita Cupcakes
makes 24
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 large eggs
2 cup granulated sugar
4 limes – zested and juiced (2 tablespoon zest, ½ cup juice)
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup Cuervo Gold Tequila
1 cup buttermilk (or make your own)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners and set aside.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Whisk to combine.  Set aside.

In the bowl that you will prepare cupcake batter, add lime zest and sugar and mash together with a fork (or your fingers), until your sugar is coated in lime oils.  Attach bowl to stand mixer and use paddle attachment (or prepare electric mixer).  Add butter and whip until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix until combined.  Add lime juice and tequila.  Your mixture may start to look funny here, just continue on with the next step.  It will work itself out.

With mixer on low add dry and wet ingredients; add 1/3 dry ingredients to bowl, allow that to combine. Then add ½ of buttermilk wait for that to combine.  Add another 1/3 of dry ingredients and mix.  Add other ½ of buttermilk and mix.  Then finally add remaining dry ingredients.  Mix until combined.  Stop to scrape down the bowl as often as needed.  Do not over mix.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.  Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out with few moist crumbs.

Cool on a wire rack. Frost cupcakes with Boozy Margarita Frosting when completely cool.

Boozy Margarita Frosting
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup Cuervo Gold Tequila
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons triple sec
¼ teaspoon salt
5 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter and shortening on medium speed until completely smooth (about 1 minute).  Add 3 cups of powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time, beat until well combined after each addition.  Add tequila, lime juice, triple sec and salt, beat to combine.  Add remaining powdered sugar one cup at a time.  Beat completed mixture for another minute or so until the batter is smooth and fluffy.

*If frosting is too thin, add powdered sugar to thicken it, about 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

** If frosting is too thick, add cold water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com 


  1. These are so beautiful! I can almost smell the tart lime. Goodness they are wonderful. No I can't think of a better way to celebrate National Tequila Day!

  2. O boy...these are just too beautiful to be true!
    Perfect sweets to celebrate!

  3. Boozy cupcakes! count me in! these are simply beautiful and I'm sure taste out of this world :)
    Mary x

  4. Could our recipes be more different today? I love that about our friendship. It always makes me grin. These look absolutely perfect, Donna. I bet the citrus in them made them completely addicting, didn't it?

  5. 1 1/2 what of triple sec? i assume cups?

    1. tablespoons, thanks for catching that. I fixed the recipe.

  6. oh phew! that would have been a disaster! obviously i don't make frosting often.... thanks!

  7. I just discovered this post on taste spotting. The cupcakes look very pretty. Definitely a good option to get refreshed in the the summer heat. Best in combination with some cold drink :)

    - Annika

  8. when you say 2 sticks of butter (8 tablespoons) you mean 8 each? so 16 tbsp butter?

  9. I almost hate to admit it, but I love baking with alcohol. These look absolutely amazing. I also love that you use butter and shortening in the buttercream. The only way I like American buttercream, I usually make Italian meringue buttercream, is if it has butter and shortening. The two together give the best flavor.

  10. Oh yum! I think the only thing better than drinking a margarita would be eating one in cupcake form!

  11. Can you use butter flavor shortening

    1. I think that would be a perfect substitution, although I have never tried it. Let us know how it goes!

  12. Can I use a regular table salt rather than Kosher?

    1. You can. Substitute table salt 3/4 teaspoons per 1 teaspoon kosher salt called for.

      Thanks and enjoy!

  13. In the photograph, there is lime zest and something else over the top. Is it lemon or orange zest, or something else?

    1. That is lime and orange zest. Sooo good. I love zest! Enjoy.

  14. It looks like I just found the perfect cupcake recipe for my sister's bachelorette party. Love this idea!

  15. Are these a heavy or light "Cake" cupcake? They look delicious!


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