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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!



By |2013-05-06T15:44:00+00:00May 26th, 2009|Cinco de Mayo, Cocktails|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Kati May 26, 2009 at 9:40 am

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

  2. Jill May 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

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

  3. Joanna May 26, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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

  4. jenn s. May 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    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 May 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

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

  6. Julianne May 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    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. Mermaid Shelley May 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    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. .elle denise. May 28, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    *drool* Gimme!

  9. april~living the sweet life May 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Those look amazing. Lemon & Lime are my favorites.

  10. Down Pillow May 28, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Those look & sound sooo yummy :)

  11. Rachel May 29, 2009 at 11:52 am

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

  12. Sara May 31, 2009 at 10:31 am

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

  13. Melissa June 1, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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

  14. The Mommys Place - Sandy June 6, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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

  15. Beth Ann June 8, 2009 at 11:18 am

    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.

  16. Kimberly June 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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

  17. valerie June 17, 2009 at 4:53 am

    I linked to your post.

  18. Janeen August 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    They are delicious!

  19. Dhi August 23, 2009 at 6:43 am

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

  20. Mary September 4, 2009 at 6:54 am

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

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