Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

Margarita Cupcakes


Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

I’ve never been popular, and as far as I know, nobody has ever considered me cool. I don’t think cool kids sit on their couch in yoga pants listening to Kate Nash whilst writing about cupcakes. They probably wear wedge sneakers and plastic frame glasses whilst drinking organic fair trade bourbon in a locally owned artisanal toast shop. I don’t think we even have fancy toast on this island.

Cooking for people is the only way I can get them to like me. If I want them to think I’m extra cool, I put booze in the recipe. It makes people feel like they’re being a bit naughty at work. It totally works. They think I’m rad. Little do they know I’m listening to NPR on my iPod, and I couldn’t name a Jay-Z song if I tried.

Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

But I’ve got everybody faked out for the time being with margarita cupcakes. From the brilliant and beautiful Brown Eyed Baker, these cupcakes are tender, light, and limey, and they’re topped with a creamy sweet tequila lime frosting. We got triple tequila action happening here, kids. Tequila in the cupcake batter, tequila brushed on the cupcakes, tequila in the frosting. It doesn’t taste like a tequila shot, but you do notice it’s there. These aren’t just lime cupcakes. They definitely taste like a margarita.

Margarita Cupcakes from Awesome on 20

If you’ve got big Cinco de Mayo plans, you should probably make these. You probably don’t need any help getting people to think you’re cool, but it can’t hurt to show up with cake with booze in it. You’ll get lots of high fives.

Margarita Cupcakes
Yields 14
Margarita cupcakes with triple tequila action and sweet tequila lime buttercream will make you seem super cool.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the cupcakes
  1. 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. Zest and juice of one lime
  8. 2 tablespoons tequila
  9. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  11. About 1 tablespoon tequila to brush on baked cupcakes
For the frosting
  1. 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  2. 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  3. Juice of half a lime
  4. 1 tablespoon tequila
  5. Pinch of coarse salt
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 325 and put your favorite cute papers into 12 to 14 muffin cups. If you only have one pan, just go with that.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together by beating with an electric mixer on medium high for about five minutes. You want your butter and sugar to be fluffy and very pale in color.
  4. Take the speed down to medium and add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  5. Scrape down the side of your bowl, then zest your lime and squeeze in the juice. Add the tequila and vanilla extract and mix on medium. It will start to look a bit lumpy and curdled. Not to worry.
  6. Turn your mixer down to its lowest setting. Add the dry ingredients in three batches with half the buttermilk in between each addition. Dry wet dry wet dry. Mix until just combined.
  7. Give everything one final scrape and stir with your rubber spatula and then divide the batter between your cups. I filled 14 using two scoops each from my cookie scoop.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don't overbake. You want these to be light and tender.
  9. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack. Brush the cupcakes with a bit of tequila and allow to cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Add softened butter and powdered sugar to your mixing bowl, and mix on medium for a minute or two. Add lime juice, tequila, and salt, and mix to combine.
  2. Frost your cupcakes in whatever way makes you happy. If you have an extra lime, it's great to add an extra hit of lime zest to the top. Share with your friends and enjoying being cool for once.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
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2 thoughts on “Margarita Cupcakes”

  1. I think you’re cool because
    1) you’re you
    2) you write this awesome blog
    3) you write an awesome IHS blog
    4) your baking certainly doesn’t hurt your coolness factor
    5) you ride a moped to work while listening to podcasts of NPR
    6) back to #1

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