Margarita-Lime CupCakes

Feliz Drink-o de Mayo!
I know, I know.
It’s Cinco de Mayo, the day when Mexico’s army was victorious over French forces in the
Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (I got mad history skills, I know.)
But honestly, very few actually celebrate this day in honor of this battle.
Actually, most think it’s Mexican Independence Day…which it isn’t (that’s in September).
That being said, this day has been come to beknown in the United States as a day to celebrate all things Mexican!  Whether it’s the food, the music or of course the tequila, people love themselves a good Drink-o de Mayo.
A lot of people have come to know Cinco de Mayo as a signal to the beginning of summer & a day to gather with friends & family.  The heart of Latin culture is family & close friends so if that’s not a good alternative reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I don’t know what is.
Today millions will gather to do 3 things: make wonderful memories, eat delicious food, & drink a lot of libations.
So I decided what better way to kill two birds with one stone than to put a whole mess of tequila in a cupcake you can eat?
Win. Win.
Now go make some, share them with your friends & family & start making some great memories!
 
Margarita-Lime CupCakes
These cupcakes are super simple…And super boozy…That’s why my bottle of tequila is super empty 😉
First whisk all the dry ingredients together & set aside.
Next cream together the butter & sugar until it gets nice and fluffy.  While that’s going on, take the zest & juice from 2 limes.  I take the zest first because trying to zest a cut lime is a quick way to a band-aid.
I like using this metal juicer my fiancé’s mama gave me to juice limes.  I didn’t know what I was missing until I got one.  It’s so easy, I’ll never squeeze another lime with my hands again!
 Once the butter is creamed, add one egg at a time, mixing well after each egg.  Then add your juice, zest, vanilla extract & tequila & mix until incorporated.  NOTE: the alcohol & lime juice will cause the batter to look like it’s separating, but once you add the dry ingredients, that will resolve itself.
Add the dry ingredients & buttermilk in 3 parts, alternating between additions of dry ingredients & buttermilk.  Don’t over mix! You will have a hard cupcake & that’s just not right!  Once the cupcakes come out of the oven, let them cool completely.
Once cool, brush the tops with tequila & let that soak in while you make your frosting.
I made mini cupcakes & regular sized cupcakes for those who really wanted to feel, uh…spirited.
I used these pretty & colorful liners to make them really stand out.  They reminded me of a piñata & were so bright & cheery, I just had to share.
Next, I made the frosting which is also super easy…and super boozy…
Whip the butter for about 5 minutes with a whip attachement on your mixer.  Then add sifted powdered sugar gradually to the butter until it’s all incorporated.  You will have to scrape down the bowl because it will start to stick to the sides.  Add lime juice & MORE TEQUILA (I warned you!) & whip until just combined.  It should be thick & smell like heaven.
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes & decorate however you like!  I dipped lime wedges in sugar sprinkles & nonpareils & placed them on top as a garnish.
There! You’re done!
Now find your designated driver, gather 11 of your favorite people & let the celebration begin!
Enjoy!
Margarita-Lime CupCakes

Prep Time: 20 hours

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Total Time: 43 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Margarita-Lime CupCakes

Fun & Booze filled cupcakes perfect for adults-only gatherings!

Ingredients

    Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • zest & juice of 2 limes
  • 2 Tbsp Anejo tequila (I like this tequila because of the flavor but you can use any tequila)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp tequila (for brushing on tops of cupcakes)
  • Tequila-Lime ButterCream Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 -3 Tbsp tequila

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line your cupcake tin with liners. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, & salt. Set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer, combine the butter & sugar set to medium-high speed using the paddle attachment. Mix until the butter/sugar mix is light & fluffy & well combined.
  4. Add one egg at a time, making sure each one is incorporated before adding the next.
  5. Scrape down the bowl. Add the lime juice, lime zest & tequila. Don't worry if it starts to look like it's curdling or separating, the flour will help bring this all together.
  6. Scrape down the bowl again & reduce the speed to low. Add the dry ingredients & buttermilk in three parts, alternating between additions. Do not over mix!
  7. Divide the batter into the prepared cupcake tins, filling to about 2/3 full to avoid overflowing.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes for mini cupcakes or 23-25 minutes for standard sized cupcakes.
  9. Check cupcakes once the tops start to turn light golden color & a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cupcake.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before brushing the tops of them with the reserved 1 Tbsp of tequila. Allow the cupcakes to soak up the tequila while you prepare the frosting.
  11. To prepare frosting, place butter in a mixer bowl. Using the whisk attachment, whisk butter about 4 to 5 minutes or until fluffy.
  12. Lower the speed of the mixer to medium-low & add the sifted confectioners sugar in small batches. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between additions & continue to whip until all sugar is incorporated with butter.
  13. Add lime juice & tequila to frosting & mix until frosting is thick but fluffy.
  14. Frost cupcakes & decorate with lime zest, sprinkles, or sugar dusted lime wedges!
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