Margarita Cupcakes + Lime Frosting

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margarita cupcake recipe

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Here’s one of the treats we indulged in after our BBQ yesterday… Margarita Cupcakes! I’ve been wanting to try this concept out ever since last month’s margarita cupcakes post, and am happy to report they tasted great (and very much like their namesake)! I went for the “shortcut” route and modified a recipe that utilizes boxed cake mix as the foundation instead of doing everything from scratch (it was a holiday, after all!).

margarita cupcake recipe

Full recipes for the cupcakes & lime buttercream icing below…



1 box white cake mix
8 oz margarita mix (liquid)
2 oz tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
3 egg whites
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp grated lime zest

Lime Buttercream Icing:
8 Tbsp butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp lime juice (approx 2 fresh limes)
1 Tbsp margarita mix
1 tsp lime zest
5 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
cane sugar & fresh limes (for garnish)


1. Preheat oven to 350º and prepare muffin pans.

2. Combine margarita mix, tequila, and Grand Marnier in a large glass and stir well.

3. In large bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, lime zest, vegetable oil, and margarita mixture from step one. Stir ingredients together, then beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for approximately 2-3 minutes.

4. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans. Fill each cup/liner about 2/3 full.

5. Bake at recommended temperature on cake mix box (usually 325º – 350º) for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

6. In a large bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, lime juice, margarita mix, and lime zest. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

7. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and continue beating until smooth. If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, a couple tablespoons at a time.

8. Spread icing generously on each cooled cupcake* or use a pastry bag to frost. Sprinkle cane sugar around the edges of the cupcake for a “salt rimmed” look and garnish with lime wheels & wedges.

*Make sure to remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.

Tip: Leftover frosting makes a great dip for fruit!



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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

43 responses to “Margarita Cupcakes + Lime Frosting”

  1. Kati says:

    These look sooooooooo good! Can’t wait to try them out myself this summer!

  2. Jill says:

    now I have a great excuse for indulging in “mid-day” margaritas!

  3. Joanna says:

    I wonder how these compare to the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World margarita cupcake recipe.

  4. jenn s. says:

    Joanna –
    I haven’t tried the VCTOTW cupcakes yet, but would love to try them next. I have to say I’ve heard nothing but great things about them!

    Jenn :)

  5. Jaime says:

    FINALLY- a concept combining two of my favorites!! I will definitely give these a try. Thanks for testing them first, Jenn!

  6. Julianne says:

    I;m not sure where that little plate came from but it is fabulous especially if you were walking around a room serving cupcakes!

  7. Oh nummy! And, such a grown-up idea for cake. I love it! Please be sure to pass on any more cocktail-cupcake recipe ideas you have!

  8. april~living the sweet life says:

    Those look amazing. Lemon & Lime are my favorites.

  9. Down Pillow says:

    Those look & sound sooo yummy :)

  10. Rachel says:

    These look AMAZING! I can’t wait for an occasion to try them. I’ll be linking.

  11. Sara says:

    YUM!!!! I’m going to try these for my friend’s birthday party next weekend. THANKS!

  12. Melissa says:

    Yummy – these will do until the margarita machine is in action again this weekend. These look so delicious that may eat them all!

  13. These are so cute and they sound so delish. Will have to try to make them soon.

  14. Beth Ann says:

    Made these this past weekend – SUPER YUMMY! Everyone that ate them LOVED THEM! The frosting makes the cupcake (I am going to play around with the cake recipe a little bit). I did need more than 5 cups of powdered sugar.

  15. Kimberly says:

    These sound delicious! They would be great at my wedding in September!

  16. valerie says:

    I linked to your post.

  17. Janeen says:

    They are delicious!

  18. Dhi says:

    Hi HWM, great recipe, I’ve tried baking these babies. They’re so delicious!

  19. Mary says:

    These went so cute with a fiesta themed shower…and they were a hit! Absolutely DELICIOUS! Will make again and again!