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Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

These Margarita Cupcakes are a combination of a moist lime flavored cake topped with a lime and tequila infused cream cheese frosting. The finishing touch is the tequila and lime simple syrup that is soaked into the cupcake! Muy Delicioso!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 Jumbo Cupcakes
Calories 617kcal
Author Nicole Crocker


For the Cupcakes:

  • 3 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted butter softened
  • 1 Cup Sour cream
  • 2 Large egg + 4 yolks room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • Zest from 2 limes

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 2 Sticks Unsalted butter softened
  • 1 8 ounce package Cream cheese softened, 8
  • 2 Pouns Confectioners sugar
  • 1 Ounce Gold tequila
  • 1 Ounce Lime juice
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1-2 Drops Green food coloring
  • 1 Drop Yellow food coloring

For the Tequila Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Tequila
  • 1/2 Cup Lime juice

For the Garnish:

  • Sanding Sugar
  • Sea salt
  • Lime zest


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 jumbo cupcake tins with papers.

For the cupcakes:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment stir together flour, sugar, baking powder,and salt.
  • Add the butter, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and lime zest to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides to make sure all the flour is incorporated.
  • Divide batter evenly among cupcake tins and bake for 20-25 minutes on middle rack of oven.
  • Let cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Beat the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.Add the confectioner sugar and mix on low speed until incorporated. Scraped sides of bowl and add the tequila, lime juice and lime zest. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Add food coloring and mix in until color is evenly blended.

For the simple syrup:

  • Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat on medium high heat to dissolve. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add tequila and lime juice.

How to fill and frost:

  • Using the back side of a frosting tip cup a deep hole in center of each cupcake. Collect removed cake in a small dish to replace on cupcake later.Soak reserved cupcake pieces with some of the tequila lime simple syrup then pour the remainder evenly in each cupcake well. Place each of the reserved, soaked cupcake piece back in the cupcake hole. Place frosting in pastry bag fitted with tip and frost cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle sanding sugar around edge of cupcake.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of each cupcake and top with lime zest.


Serving: 1Cupcake | Calories: 617kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1065IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.6mg