In celebration of Cinco de Mayo I made this delicious margarita cupcakes recipe!
I have been celebrating this day since I was young. If Cinco de Mayo landed on a school day, we would have a huge celebration complete with mariachi bands and beautiful dancers in their detailed and ornate skirts swirling around to the music. The food that was served was all traditional Mexican dishes. You know, carnitas, enchiladas, tacos, and even sopas! Yum!!
To change things up a bit for this Cinco de Mayo, I wanted to make something that the whole family can enjoy, and who doesn’t like cupcakes! The only alcohol that you will find in this recipe is in the cupcake batter. Since the batter is baked, all of the alcohol is burned off in the process leaving behind an incredible flavor.
So here it is! Whip up a batch and let me know how they turn out!
Margarita Cupcakes Recipe:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
Use the zest and juice of about 2 limes
2 tablespoons tequila
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line your muffin tin with liners.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Usually about 5 minutes.
Reduce the mixer speed to slow and add the eggs one at at time.
Scrape the sides of the bowl.
Add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and tequila. Mix just until combined.
Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients by dividing them into 3 section. Alternate with the milk.
Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake for about 25 minutes. The cupcakes should be slightly golden brown. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a cupcake and if it comes out clean, they are done.
While the cupcakes are cooling you can make the frosting.
Tequila Lime Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter. It is best to use room temperature butter.
2¾ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
Pinch of coarse salt
Whip the butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer.
Reduce the speed of the mixer to low and gradually add the powdered sugar.
Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
Add the lime juice, tequila and salt mix on medium-high speed.
Mix until fluffy. If the frosting is too soft, add a spoonful of powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with lime zest, a sprinkle of salt, or a lime wedge.