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Margarita cupcakes

May 3, 2015

Next week is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico, and an excuse everywhere else to eat Mexican food and drink tequila (as if we need an excuse), or do both as in the case of these Margarita cupcakes.

Margaritas, the delicious cocktail with tequila, triple sec and lime juice. One or two and you are having a great time, then next couple and you might not be enjoying the next day!

Tequila is often mistreated here, with the majority enjoying to drink it as a shot with some salt and lime. However while on honeymoon in Mexico we went to a tequila tasting and learnt not only about the history of tequila but about the different types. Good tequila to Mexicans is like good whisky to Scottish. Tequila has different ageing processes and also picks up the flavour of the barrel it is aged in, making every tequila different.

Clear tequila is called blanco and it’s the unaged and perfect for shots. Next is reposado which has been aged for 2 months to 1 year, it was a little colour and because of the smoother flavour it’s good for cocktails. Finally you get añejo or extra añejo which has been aged for at least 1 years or 3 years respectively and is noticeably darker in colour and smoother in flavour and should be sipped just like whisky. We got chatting to the host of the tasting and he was kind enough to let us try his favourite extra añejo tequila and I couldn’t believe how smooth and drinkable it was. It completely changed by opinion of tequila.

Anyway back to the fun! These cupcakes are definitely for adults as they are quite boozy. The cake it a simple lime cupcake which is brushed with tequila when it comes straight out of the oven. Then it is topped with a delicious tequila butter cream.

For the buttercream I used a large star tip. If you don’t fancy being this ambitious with the decoration you can just smooth on with an offset pallet knife.

Margarita cupcakes
Yields 12
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 175 grams unsalted butter, softened
  2. 175 grams caster sugar
  3. 3 eggs, room temperature
  4. Zest and juice of 1 lime
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 175 grams self raising flour
  7. 40ml milk
  8. 2-4 tablespoons tequila (optional)
  1. 150 grams unsalted butter, softened
  2. 500 grams icing sugar
  3. 50ml tequila
  4. 2 limes to decorate
  1. Line a cupcake or muffin tray with liners and pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees Celius (fan oven).
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together for about 5-10 minutes or until pale and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking each egg throughly. If the mixture starts to split, add in a tablespoon of flour.
  3. Add the zest and juice of the lime, salt and sift in half the flour. Fold together with a spatula until just combined. Add the milk and fold. Fold in the remaining sifted flour, making sure the mixture is uniform, try not to over mix.
  4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden. Turn the cakes half way throuhg cooking to ensure the brown easily. As soon as you remove them from the oven, brush on a little tequila and leave to cool in the trays for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. Beat the butter in a bowl with a whisk until really soft. To avoid an icing sugar explosion I add half first and gently beat with a wooden spoon before using the whisk. Repeat with the remaining icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the tequila and mix until combined. Taste to make sure the flavour is to your liking.
  2. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cupcakes. Alternatively, smooth on with an offset pallet knife. Top each cupake with half a slice of lime and some grated lime zest.
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  • Janine @ Cake Of The Week

    Tequila buttercream is something I’ll have to try! I love tequila; a tequila tasting sounds right up my street.

    • Laura @ a girl & her home

      It is delicious and rather naughty but definitely worth trying! I can also confirm the day after effects are no way as bad as normal tequilla!

  • Charlotte Oates

    These look delicious. I havent had tequila for years, your description of the aged version is making me think I should give it another go.

    I don’t have cinco de mayo on my calendar (I’ll add it for next year) but you’re more than welcome to come and link these up if you want x

    • Laura @ a girl & her home

      I was so surprised at how nice the aged version was. Definitely not that burn the back of your throat stuff!

      Thanks I will at the weekend, I’ve been so slow on the whole blogging thing as I’ve been so busy with work thank god for scheduled posting! x

  • PatisserieMakesPerfect

    These are beautiful. I love using alcohol in my bakes and these just look perfect. I am craving one now.