Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone! What better way to celebrate than with a Margarita Cupcake?!  Moist lime cupcakes reminiscent of a lime Margarita are brushed with tequila and topped with a tequila lime buttercream frosting. Baking and cooking is always more fun when alcohol is involved, whether it is in the dish you are making or in the glass you are drinking. Margaritas are one of my favorite refreshing drinks to have on a hot summer day.  So when I was thinking of the perfect Cinco de Mayo recipe, this one immediately caught my eye! Enjoy! 🙂

Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

Moist lime cupcakes reminiscent of a lime Margarita are brushed with tequila and topped with a tequila lime buttercream frosting.

Yield: 24 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
3 limes, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon tequila

For the Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 to 6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tablespoon tequila
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest
small lime slices for garnish, if desired


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin pan with baking cup liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Mix in lime zest, juice, and vanilla extract.
Reduce the mixer to low speed and add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Mix until just incorporated, do not over-beat.
Divide the batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake 23-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and brush the tequilla onto the top of each cupcake. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make the Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting: Place butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until butter is fluffy. Add 5 cups of powdered sugar, salt, lime juice, tequila, and lime zest. Mix until thick and creamy. Add more powdered sugar until the frosting is of good piping consistency. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with small lime slices.

Source: cupcakes adapted from Sweet Tooth, originally from Confections of a Foodie Bride. Frosting adapted from Recipe Girl

19 Responses to “Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting”

  1. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 5, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Love the tequila-lime frosting!

  2. #
    Rita — May 5, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    These cupcakes are simply superb! I have no other words to describe them.

  3. #
    Jenny — May 5, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I love a holiday cupcake! Anything with tequila is win for me 😀

  4. #
    Lucie — May 5, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I love how fresh and creamy these look. If only someone made me one of these for 5 de Mayo!

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    Caroline — May 5, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    We almost made the exact same recipe for margarita cupcakes today! Too funny. Yours look fantastic. Happy Cinco de Mayo. 🙂

  6. #
    Michelle — May 5, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    So festive. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  7. #
    Megan — May 5, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    These look gorgeous! I am going to a bachelorette party in June and am thinking of making margarita cupcakes for it. They’re so fun!!

  8. #
    katshealthcorner — May 5, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Those are SO cute!!! 🙂

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    happywhennothungry — May 5, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Wow these cupcakes look delicious! I definitely need to try. Love the tequila and lime too. Yum!

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    muppy — May 5, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    that tequila lime frosting sounds delicious!

  11. #
    The Café Sucré Farine — May 5, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

    These are making my mouth water! Beautiful, candy for the eyes! Love your blog!

  12. #
    Sara — May 7, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    Perfect! I missed these for Cinco de Mayo, but they could definitely still make an appearance this summer!

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    Abi Dunki-Jacobs — November 5, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    I made these tonight… they’re DELICIOUS! I accidentally didn’t read the instructions and put the tequila into the batter. They turned out a little crunchier than I would have hoped on the outside, but they were SO moist and delicious on the inside! I also made my own frosting, but these are PHENOMENAL! Love this recipe. Definitely will be making these again – this recipe made nearly 3 dozen cupcakes! 🙂

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  17. #
    Jenni @ Traveler in the KItchen — May 5, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I made your Tequila Lime frosting and it was amazing!

    Thanks for sharing,

  18. #
    megan — February 21, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Why does it call for tequila in the buttercream but then its not incorporated I to the mixture

    • Christina replied: — February 26th, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

      Whoops! I just forgot to add it into the directions. I fixed it now! If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! 🙂

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