Margarita Cupcakes – Updated!

Yes, more cupcakes. Wanna fight about it?

Margarita Cupcakes | A Nerd Cooks

No? That’s what I thought.

A couple of our good friends stayed the night over Memorial Day Weekend, and I prepared a Tex/Mex-themed spread: carnitas in corn tortillas, pitchers of margaritas, and these margarita cupcakes.

Margarita Cupcakes | A Nerd Cooks

I first blogged about these cupcakes two years ago, but, like so many of my early posts, felt that they deserved an update. The original blog post can be found here.

You’ll need:

For the cupcakes –

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup tequila, optional

For the frosting –

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tbs lime juice
  • 1 tbs tequila (optional, can add more lime juice instead)
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • kosher salt and more lime zest, for topping

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line muffin tins with paper liners, and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high until light and fluffy.

Add the eggs, one at a time, until they are well combined.  Add the lime zest, lime juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.

Turn the mixer to low.  Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, alternating with the buttermilk.  Mix until everything is just incorporated.

Fill each cupcake liner ~3/4 full.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted into the center, comes out clean.  Allow the cupcakes to cool for about 5-10 in the muffin tins before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with tequila.  This step is optional, of course, but recommended.

For the frosting, beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the powdered sugar.  Then add the salt, lime juice, and lime zest.  Mix until thick and creamy.  If the frosting is too thin, add some more powdered sugar.  If it’s too thick, add a bit more lime juice or a bit of tequila.  Once you’ve reached the desired frosting consistency, whip it on medium-high speed for a few minutes.

Frost the cupcakes however you’d like. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt and additional lime zest.  Eat ’em!

Margarita Cupcakes | A Nerd Cooks


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