Margarita Cupcakes

When it comes to eating out we’re faced with quite a choice of cuisines.  We have Italian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and even Mongolian but for me there’s only one choice, Mexican!  I adore Mexican food, give me a taco over a pizza any day of the week.  One of the big attractions to Mexican food has to be the cocktails, more specifically an ice cold Margarita.  To me, there is nothing better than a frozen Margarita on a hot day, actually there is, five frozen Margaritas and margarita cupcakes on a hot day 😉

When I received an order through Pet Lamb for some cocktail themed cupcakes for a hen party I just knew it had to be Margarita!  Tequila, lime and cupcakes, you just know that’s gonna be a good night!  Sadly I didn’t have any Tequila handy (I may or may not have killed my last bottle at Christmas, oops) so I grabbed a bottle of ready made Margarita mix, poured myself a glass and set about making some boozey cake.

The sponge is really quite subtle, I used a vanilla base brushed with tequila but boy does the frosting have an amazing kick.  Laced with tequila, lime juice and zest you could just eat it with a spoon.

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Margarita Cupcakes

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For the Cupcakes:

  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g self raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 3tbsp milk
  • 2tbsp tequila
  • juice of 2 limes

For the frosting:

  • 125g butter
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 2tbsp tequila
  • 1tsp lime zest
  • 12tbsp milk


For the Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C – 160C fan and line a cupcake tray with 12 liners.
    In a large bowl sift together the flours and baking powder. Set aside. Mix tequila and lime juice in a small cup and place in the fridge for later.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and mix until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.  Add the flour mixture in one go ensuring all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.  Stir in milk.
  3. Fill the cupcake liners to 2/3 full and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Pierce the top of each cupcake five times and brush your tequila and lime over each cake. Leave to cool.

For the frosting:

  1. Mix the butter, icing sugar and 1tbsp milk together until pale and creamy.  Add the remaining tequila and lime zest to the frosting and mix to combine.  Pipe a generous swirl upon each cake, grate over some lime zest and top with a wedge of lime.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. Nelly
    February 14, 2012 / 11:25 am

    These look so refreshing, I am a huge tequilla fan so I may just have to make these next time I have a bottle.

  2. Alice
    February 14, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    Definitely making these, Katie! They look absolutely amazing. And presented on the Milk Glass stand they look even better!Alice xx

  3. Angie
    February 14, 2012 / 12:52 pm

    oh my, that looks great! I'll have to try it out!

  4. Catanya
    February 14, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    My goodness! I think I need a dozen of them! Thanks so much for sharing! I just have posted my Red Velvet cupackes for Valentine's on my blog!XOXOCatanya

  5. daisychain
    February 14, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    These look amazing, have you ever done G&T cakes? x

  6. Kc
    February 14, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    Yum I love margaritas!! 🙂 I've made some cupcakes like this before, but I love your idea of brushing the cooked cupcakes with the lime & tequila mix! They look amazing I bet they tasted amazing too :)

  7. Helen
    February 14, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    yum these sound delicious!

  8. Katiecakes
    February 15, 2012 / 8:46 am

    Laura, as a matter of fact I have a G&T Cupcake blog post scheduled for later this week ;)Katie xox

  9. Mark Hamilton
    April 4, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    Hi,these look pretty good!Would you be able to add the number of eggs and the ingredients for the frosting mix?I could probably manage from looking at other recipes.cheers

  10. Chet Patel
    March 1, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Recipe looks great however there's confusion on number of eggs to be used! You don't list this. Also you've listed butter for cupcakes but not for frosting. It'd be great if you were clearer regarding full recipe as people would return. It's annoying to have to second guess rest of recipe.

  11. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    I just won the office bake off with this recipe! cupcakes were delicious.

  12. Unknown
    March 4, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Cakes were lovely but my icing curdled and was really runny when I added the lime and tequila 🙁

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