Lime-margarita cupcakes

One of our good friends just signed on a house and I wanted to bake something to say congrats before their housewarming party. When I saw these I thought they sounded fun and delicious, so I decided I would make these for them. I had originally wanted to make this as a cake, but I was meeting my friend and another girlfriend for dinner, so bringing a cake to the restaurant would be a bit hard, so they stayed as cupcakes! I did cut the recipe in half as I didn’t need 24 cupcakes, but I included the original recipe from Cupcakes take the cake and Rachel Ray for you below!
I was a bit worried that they would be too sweet with all the lime juice and all, but surprisingly the sweetness was subtle and light. These were great and got rave reviews!

ENJOY!

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Ingredients:
3 sticks (12 ounces) butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 large egg white
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 3/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
Grated peel of 4 limes, plus 1/4 cup lime juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons gold tequila
Cupcake decor-Icing dyes, fun sugars, jimmies, etc..to decorate

Directions: (it includes the frosting as well):
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. In a large glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. On low speed, mix in one-third of the wet mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat twice, ending with the dry mixture. Mix in half of the grated lime peel.
Fill each baking liner about three-quarters full with batter. Bake until the cupcakes spring back when gently touched, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, using the electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Beat in the tequila, and the remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, lime peel, 1 teaspoon salt and the food coloring until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time, until just soft enough to spread.
Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Decorate cupcakes as you wish!

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3 Comments on “Lime-margarita cupcakes”

  1. Barista says:

    I did margarita cupcakes last week, too, and in addition to the tequila in the frosting I also poured a little over each cupcake before frosting. YUM! They were a hit!

  2. Sara says:

    These look beautiful and sound tasty. I love the colorful sprinkles!

  3. Katie says:

    That’s so funny I JUST made margarita cupcakes this past weekend, too! 🙂 YUM!


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