Margarita Cupcakes – a Sweet Treat Inspired by a Tasty Drink

by Jennifer Wieland
Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Cinco de Mayo is a heading our way fast! This year you can take your Cinco de Mayo dinner, party or celebration to the ultimate level with Margarita Cupcakes. My Margarita Cupcakes recipe is inspired by my favorite Mexican drink, the Margarita. Each cupcake is packed full of the Margarita flavors you love without the worry of spilling or getting tipsy.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

The Best Type of Margarita…

I think it’s safe to say tat I m not the only person who loves going out with her friends or spouse and enjoying a delicious Margarita or two. I’m always a frozen Margarita kind of girl. The potential for brain freeze is a great way to keep me from drinking to quickly. My best friend is the complete opposite of me and likes her Margaritas on the rocks instead. One thing both of us always agree on is eating my Margarita Cupcakes.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Make These Margarita Cupcakes as Unique as You …

Margarita Cupcakes take the boring everyday cake mix and make it extraordinary with the sweet taste of Margarita mix in both the cake batter and frosting. The finishing touch that really knocks these cupcakes out of the park is the sprinkling of sea salt and lime zest.

To make the cupcakes and frosting you can use your favorite homemade or store-bought Margarita mix. You can have it with or without the tequila too. It’s totally up to you but the liquor will bake out in the cake. Take the cupcakes to the next level by adding in a fruit extract to the frosting or chopped up fruit to the cake batter.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Margarita Cupcakes
Serves 24
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348 calories
40 g
48 g
18 g
2 g
10 g
86 g
135 g
35 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348
Calories from Fat 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium 135mg
Total Carbohydrates 40g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cupcakes
  1. 1 15.25 oz. white cake mix
  2. 1/3 c. butter, melted
  3. 1 c. margarita mix
  4. 3 large egg whites
  5. Zest of half a lime
For the Margarita Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. Zest of half a lime
  3. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 2 tbps. margarita mix
  5. 1-2 tbps. heavy whipping cream
For the Margarita Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix all of the cupcake ingredients together with a mixer for 30 seconds, or until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and mix the batter for two minutes.
  4. Scoop the mix into the cupcake liners in the prepared pans until 2/3 of the way filled.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 23 minutes or until done.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the Margarita Buttercream Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and lime zest until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar in several batches. Mix each batch on low until just combined.Scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition of confectioner's sugar.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of margarita mix and 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream. Turn the mixer on low.
  4. Once the liquid is incorporated, turn the mixer to medium-high. Continue to mix for 10 minutes until the frosting is nice and fluffy. If the frosting seems too stiff, add the remaining tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and mix for a few more minutes.​
  1. Once the cupcakes are frosted, sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sea salt and lime zest for the perfect finishing touch.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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