Margarita Cupcakes -- These margarita cupcakes are full of lime flavor... and a little bit of tequila, too! They're easy to make as full-size or mini cupcakes and perfect for summer parties | wearenotmartha.com
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Margarita Cupcakes

These margarita cupcakes are full of lime flavor... and a little bit of tequila, too! They're easy to make as full-size or mini cupcakes and perfect for summer parties!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time24 mins
Total Time44 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Alcohol in Cupcakes, Drink Cupcakes, Tequila Cupcakes
Servings: 12 full-size cupcakes (or 32 mini cupcakes)
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest from 2 limes, plus more for topping cupcakes
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Tequila, for brushing
  • Lime wedges, for topping cupcakes if desired

Margarita Frosting

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • Pinch coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp tequila

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a full-sized or mini cupcake tin with cupcake papers.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Blend eggs in one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in lime juice, lime zest, and vanilla.
  • With mixer on low speed, mix in dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk. Beat each addition until just incorporated, taking care not to over-mix.
  • Divide batter into cupcake papers, filling about 3/4 full. For full-sized cupcakes, bake 20-24 minutes and for mini cupcakes, bake 11-13 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cupcakes cool in tin for a few minutes before moving to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Once cupcakes are completely cooled, lightly brush them with tequila. Spoon frosting onto cupcakes and top with lime zest, lime edges, and straws, if desired.

Margarita Frosting

  • Combine sugar, egg whites, and salt in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water (can use a double boiler). Whisk frequently until sugar has dissolved and mixture reaches about 160 degree F on a thermometer. 
  • Put mixture in bowl of stand mixture with whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form and mixture is cooled. This should take about 8 minutes.
  • Reduce mixer speed to medium and add butter, 2 Tbsp at a time, waiting to add another until the previous piece has been incorporated. If mixture seems to be getting soupy or curdled, beat on medium-high again until it thickens up. Stir in lime juice and tequila.

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