You're going to love this boozy Margarita Cupcakes recipe! Because sometimes you can't drink tequila, but you can certainly eat it. This easy recipe uses a simple vanilla cupcake recipe and infuses it with lime flavor. Spiked with tequila, the cupcakes are fluffy and moist.
Alcohol infused cupcakes are a fun dessert idea for parties and these boozy cupcakes have the flavor of a margarita.
Margarita Cupcakes are boozy and delicious
Margarita Cupcakes combine a few of the things I love, tequila and lime.
Related: Sangria Cupcakes
These tequila-infused cupcakes are great to serve at any party!
Making Margarita Cupcakes from scratch is actually really easy. I often think I am too lazy to bake from scratch (I mostly make cake mix desserts) but the flavor is really worth it.
Scroll to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with measurements and instructions.
For the cupcakes
- baking powder
- 2 limes
For the frosting
- powdered sugar
- lime juice
- lime zest
These are pretty basic cupcake ingredients. But where the flavor comes through is in the tequila and lime juice. Use your favorite tequila no need to buy a special bottle
You'll be able to taste the tequila even more in the frosting!
How to make Margarita Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
Make the cupcakes
Add butter and sugar in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat for 2 minutes.
Add in eggs, one at a time, until mixed.
Add tequila, lime juice and zest.
In a bowl whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add one cup of the flour mixture at a time to the wet ingredients in the stand mixer.
Add a small amount of buttermilk in between each cup of the flour mixture.
Spoon the batter into each cupcake liner, filling halfway.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for an hour or so before icing.
Make the frosting
- Place room temp butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
- Add powdered sugar one cup at a time mixing on low until all sugar is added.
- Turn the mixer to medium and add tequila, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Mix well until frosting is stiff.
If the frosting is not stiff enough or too thin, just add a little bit more powdered sugar. If the frosting is too thick, add more lime juice or a little milk.
I'm not an expert at cupcake decorating so typically I would just use an offset spatula to swipe some on the top.
If you want them to look nice and finished like in these images, just fill a piping bag with star tip attachment and pipe the frosting onto the Margarita Cupcakes.
I've also used a sandwich bag, with the corner cut off, to pipe cupcakes and it works pretty great!
Place a slice of lime on top of each cupcake. And it looks super festive.
If you're a margarita fan, you'll love these cocktail-inspired margarita cupcakes. With fluffy cake and a tequila-infused frosting, these will remind you of that beach vacation with every bite.
You may not have added tequila to cupcakes before but you'll really love how they turn out. These make a fun edible gift idea for any adult celebrating a birthday and, of course, for any Mexican fiesta your host.
The tequila and lime may make the batter look like curdled milk but it's actually fine and will smooth out.
How to get more lime flavor
The trouble with getting a vibrant lime flavor is that if you add too much fresh lime juice, it can make the batter or frosting too thin.
This is why you need to use lime zest. It's a great way to get in more of that fresh lime flavor without the consistency becoming a problem.
Another way you can do this is with lime oil or extract. Just make sure it's food safe. You can't just use any essential oils in baking.
But if your find one that is food safe, it will help add in tons of lime flavor without too much liquid.
You'll LOVE these easy Margarita Cupcakes! You may have to adjust the tequila and lime to get the flavor to your preferences but once you do, you'll want to make these for all your parties!
Frequently Asked Questions
Maybe?? While I always thought that alcohol burns off in the cooking process, leaving only the delicious flavor, this might not actually be true. There have been several studies done that prove that there is still a fair amount of alcohol leftover after the cooking process.
The science really depends on how long something is cooked, the type of pan, and several other factors. So to be safe, I would say keep these away from children.
And since the frosting is not cooked at all, I would highly recommend not giving your kid the spatula to lick. In my opinion, if they got ahold of one, it wouldn't be the end of the world, but because I can't definitively answer that for you, I would keep them some without tequila.
Tequila is very versatile and can be used not only for baking but for cooking too. It's great for marinades and for flavoring sauces. While you might be inclined to reach for a really inexpensive tequila, I would suggest otherwise.
Grab something that you wouldn't gag on if you sipped it. If you're looking for tequila flavor to shine through these cupcakes, you want it to be the actual delicious flavor of the tequila, not the burn.
I prefer sipping on a clear tequila like Casamigos Blanco, but I wouldn't hesitate to use a Resposado (which is aged and a slightly oaky flavor) in this cupcake recipe.
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More Boozy Desserts to Make
- Sherry Wine Cake: This Wine Cake is one of my most popular recipes. It's full of flavor that you're going to love.
- Easy Rum Cake: This Rum Cake recipe has yummy cinnamon flavor and works well for a brunch cake or something to serve after dinner.
- Bailey's Chocolate Truffles: These Chocolate Truffles, from Live Love Texas, sound decadent and rich!
- Chocolate Ice Cream with Chile and Beer
- Wine Jello Shots
- This Pina Colada Cupcakes recipe is quick, easy and full of flavor thanks to the coconut rum and cake mix.
Easy Margarita Cupcakes
FOR THE CUPCAKES
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
- Add butter and sugar to stand mixer with a paddle attachment and beat for 2 minutes until fluffy (medium speed).
- Add one egg at a time until mixed.
- Add in tequila and lime juice and zest (this may look like curdled milk it's fine and will smooth out).
- In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add one cup at a time of the flour mixture to the mixing bowl of wet ingredients.
- Add a little buttermilk in between each cup of the flour mixture.
- Spoon the batter into each cupcake liner filling half way.
- Bake for 25 about minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for an hour or so before icing.
- Place room temperature butter into the mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment.
- To the mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, on low speed until all sugar is added.
- Turn the mixer up to medium speed and add in tequila, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Mix well until the frosting is stiff (if too thin, add more powdered sugar - if too thick, add more lime juice)
- Put frosting in an icing bag with piping tip or sandwich bag with the corner cut to pipe the cupcakes or use an offset spatula.
- Place a slice of lime on top to garnish.