Thursday, April 1, 2010

Not Wasting Away In Margaritaville Cupcakes


1 box white cake mix
8 oz margarita mix (liquid)
2 oz tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
3 egg whites
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp grated lime zest

Lime Buttercream Icing:
8 Tbsp butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp lime juice (approx 2 fresh limes)
1 Tbsp margarita mix
1 tsp lime zest
5 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
cane sugar & fresh limes (for garnish)


1. Preheat oven to 350º and prepare muffin pans.

2. Combine margarita mix, tequila, and Grand Marnier in a large glass and stir well.

3. In large bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, lime zest, vegetable oil, and margarita mixture from step one. Stir ingredients together, then beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for approximately 2-3 minutes.

4. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans. Fill each cup/liner about 2/3 full.

5. Bake at recommended temperature on cake mix box (usually 325º – 350º) for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

6. In a large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, lime juice, margarita mix, and lime zest. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

7. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and continue beating until smooth. If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, a couple tablespoons at a time.

8. Spread icing generously on each cooled cupcake* or use a pastry bag to frost. Sprinkle cane sugar around the edges of the cupcake for a “salt rimmed” look and garnish with lime wheels & wedges.

*Make sure to remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.

Tip: Leftover frosting makes a great dip for fruit!


Summer {Bisfor...} said...

you are coming over tonight, right? to make those? right? lol.

Trish said...

These look amazing and super delish! Perfect for summer. Lime buttercream...mmmmm...... I can imagine serving these for dessert with lime marinated bbq grilled chicken, cuban black beans and a big salad.

(LOVE the fruit dip idea for leftover frosting - YUM!!)

Elle said...

Hi there... thanks for stopping by my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

And oh my goodness that cupcake looks sooo delicious!

Slumber Designs said...

Hmmmm... I wonder if I could add 6 oz of tequila instead??

Brianna! said...

bahaha the name for this cupcake recipe is just TOOOOOO cute!
LOVE it & will definitely try it out:] I'm such a sucker for baking.
Sooo keep on with the recipe sharing!

Bethany said...

Oh, snap!! Those sound AMAZING!!

Taj Acosta said...

yumm! Can I add some tequila! lol

Iva said...


Emily Kathleen said...

These look delightful! Thanks for sharing...I will definitely be trying out this recipe after Passover :)

Bama Girl said...

Oh my. I have a real weakness for cupcakes, and those are calling my name! :-) Have a wonderful weekend, esp. in your Guy Harvey T and flips. XOXO

shaboom said...

Thanks for the great recipe. I just posted one for mint chocolate chip ice cream that you might like over at our blog.

Landlocked Mermaid said...

how about you make a batch of those and I will get some vino and some glasses and I will meet you on the swing for some girl talk? xo

Meg said...

Oh those look so yummy!!!