Margarita Cupcakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Margarita Cupcakes

Cake Dessert

These days, we make our own celebrations. These Margarita Cupcakes are reason enough for a party. Give your household a treat with these tangy sweet, tequila-laced little cakes topped with plenty of tequila and lime frosting. Share with friends and family safely if you can.

Margarita Cupcakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s so much to celebrate at the start of this month. May Day, Beltane, Star Wars Day, and Cinco de Mayo are all within a few days of each other. And it’s all just preparation for Memorial Day at the end of the month. Except at the moment, we’re still not able to meet up and celebrate with friends and family.

How are you navigating celebrations right now? Are you allowed out where you live? Are you trying to keep things as normal as possible, or are you leaning into the weirdness and doing things completely differently? I think I’m somewhere in the middle. One minute I’m very practical, and I can’t see the point of even getting dressed. The next minute I’m frivilously baking cupcakes in a dress. If there’s ever a time to be emotionally all over the place, it’s now.

Margarita Cupcakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These Margarita Cupcakes are everything you’d hope for in a cocktail cupcake. The tender cake is spiked with tequila and lime zest and juice, then brushed with more tequila while they cool to make sure the flavor really sinks in. Then there’s generous swirl of sweet lime frosting with another hit of tequila and some sea salt to balance it all out. The bonus here is that you can have three of these and not regret it in the morning. At least not in the same way you might regret three actual margaritas.

How to make Margarita Cupcakes

There’s nothing tricky or secret about these cupcakes. It’s all pretty standard in terms of technique. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs and flavorings, then alternate dry ingredients and buttermilk until you have a smooth batter. Bake them up, then brush them with a bit of tequila while they cool.

Margarita Cupcakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

The frosting is pretty straight forward as well. Powdered sugar, butter, lime juice, tequila, salt. Mix ’em together, then make sure and give it a taste to make sure you like the balance of tangy lime and sharp tequila. I use a wide star tip to pipe the frosting in a spiral starting in the middle of the cupcake. Do what makes you happy. Even if you just slap it on with a butter knife, these are gonna be awesome.

Margarita Cupcakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Enjoy your quarantine celebrations, my friends. Be grateful for what you have and make the most of every minute. Make it extra awesome with Margarita Cupcakes. Take care, kids.

Margarita Cupcakes

Recipe by ReneeCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the cupcakes
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • Zest and juice of one lime

  • 2 tablespoons tequila

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • About 1 tablespoon tequila to brush on baked cupcakes

  • For the frosting
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, room temperature

  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 tablespoon tequila

  • Pinch of coarse salt


  • For the cupcakes
  • Preheat oven to 325 and put your cupcake papers into 12 to 14 muffin cups. If you only have one pan, just go with that.
  • In a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine
  • 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.
  • Take the speed down to medium and add the eggs one at a time and mix until combined.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Don’t overbake. You want these to be light and tender.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Frost your cupcakes in whatever way makes you happy. I used a large star tip to pipe the frosting in a swirl from the center out. Add a lime wedge for garnish if you like.

Recipe slightly adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

Looking for more awesome cupcakes? Try these Chocolate Mint Cupcakes. Want an actual margarita? How about a Raspberry Margarita.

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