Grab Boxed Cake Mix and Tequila and Whip Up These Margarita Cupcakes

Craving sunshine and a umbrella-garnished margarita to go with it? We are, too. While we can’t whisk you all away on vacation or come by and make you a drink, we CAN help your wishes come true by offering you a fun and delicious new way to enjoy that margarita taste: cupcakes! And we mean business with these treats, too.

Not only are both the cupcakes and the frosting made with actual tequila, we’re topping them off with a sugar-salt rim to really achieve a true margarita taste. It’s like a mini-vacay in every bite. Watch how easy they are to make – you can use boxed cake mix or your favorite white cake recipe – and give them a try today!

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Makes 16 cupcakes

You’ll Need
– 1 – 15.25-ounce box white cake mix
– ⅓ cup lime juice
– ⅓ cup tequila
– ⅓ cup buttermilk or milk
– ½ cup vegetable oil
– 3 large eggs
– 1 tablespoon lime zest (from 2 limes)
– 1 tablespoon tequila, for brushing the tops
– 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
– ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
– 2 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
– 2 tablespoons lime juice
– 1 tablespoon tequila
– ½ tablespoon lime zest (from 1 lime)
– ¼ cup sanding sugar (optional: mix with ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt)

How To

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Line a muffin tin with paper or foil cupcake liners, and spray the liners with nonstick spray.
  2. Pour the dry cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat the mix together with the lime juice, tequila, buttermilk, oil, large eggs and lime zest until just-combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin tins.
  4. Bake for 14 to 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
  5. Brush the tops of each cupcake with the reserved tablespoon of tequila. Refrigerate the coated cupcakes for 30 minutes before frosting.
  6. While the cupcakes are in the refrigerator, make the frosting by whipping the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth. Add in the remaining ingredients and whip until combined.
  7. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.
  8. Place the sanding sugar in a small bowl. Carefully roll the edges of each cupcake in the sugar to achieve the margarita sugar rim effect!


    Because there is cream cheese in the frosting, be sure to refrigerate any leftover cupcakes.