My friend Heather of girlichef announced a few weeks ago that today was National Margarita day – and said we should celebrate with a whole slew of margarita recipes. I jumped on board, because it was the perfect excuse to make these Margarita Cupcakes that I have been dying to make!
Now, I’m not a big tequila drinker. As a matter of fact, I so rarely consume it that I took to my facebook page to ask my followers what brand of tequila to buy for this recipe. But now that I have a whole bottle in my house, I may need to test out a few of the other contributors’ recipes. I wouldn’t want it to go to waste now would I?
These Margarita Cupcakes have a tender, buttermilk cake infused with tequila and lime, topped with buttery frosting and a dusting of lime zest and flaked sea salt. They are simply ridiculous!
To begin,preheat your oven to 325. Line a standard muffin pan with papers, and set it aside.
In a bowl whisk or sift together 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set that aside for the moment.
In your mixing bowl, beat together 1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature unsalted butter, a d 1 cup of sugar. Beat those together for a couple minutes until super fluffy. Beat in 2 room temperature eggs, one at a time, completely mixing in the first before adding the second.
Now you’ll add in some flavorings. You’ll need to zest two limes. Add about 3/4 of the zest into the mixing bowl, along with a half teaspoon of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of our favorite tequila.
Then you’ll need to juice a lime and a half. Hang on to the last half though, you’ll need it later for the frosting. Add the juice from the lime and a half into the mixing bowl as well, and mix it all in.
Now add in half of your flour mixture, combining completely and making sure to scrape the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Next you’ll need a half cup of buttermilk. Pour half of this in and mix thoroughly. Follow with the remaining flour mixture and then the last of the buttermilk, fully mixing each time.
Scoop the batter into the muffin pan, dividing it evenly between all of the cups.
Bake for about 22-25 minutes or until very lightly golden and a test done in the center with a toothpick.
Remove the cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Now for the frosting. In your cleaned mixing bowl, beat 2 sticks (1 cup) of room temperature butter until super fluffy. Mix in 2 1/3 cup of powdered sugar, and beat until completely combined. Grab that remaining lime half, and squeeze in a tablespoon of lime juice, and add in 2 tablespoons of tequila. Beat until completely mixed together. If the frosting is too soft, beat in a little more powdered sugar.
Put the frosting into a piping bag and frost the cupcakes.
Top the frosted cupcakes with the reserved lime zest. And the final touch, a tiny pinch of flaked sea salt. I love this stuff!
Check out all of these amazing takes on the Margarita from these creative culinarians – and I recommend giving one a try yourself in honor of National Margarita Day!
- Blackberry Margarita from Cooking for My Peace of Mind
- Chili Lime Margarita from Curious Cuisiniere
- Chocolate Margaritas from The Texan New Yorker
- Creamsicle Margaritas from Savvy Eats
- Frozen Mango Margarita from Noshing with the Nolands
- Lilikoi Margarita with Li Hung Mui from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Margaritas Gone Wild from Delaware Girl Eats
- Mixed Berry Margarita from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Mom’s Wicked Margarita from Desserts Required
- Pomegranate Margarita from Daily Dish Recipes
- Spicy Raspberry Frozen Margarita from The Weekend Gourmet
- Tamarind Margaritas from girlichef
- The Great Grapefruit Margarita from La Cocina de Leslie
- Tim G’s Margarita from Sidewalk Shoes
- Baked Margarita Chicken Wings from Healthy. Delicious.
- Chambord Margarita Macarons from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Margarita Cake with Sugar Cookie Crust from Gotta Get Baked
- Margarita Cheesecake Bars from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Margarita Cupcakes from The Foodie Army Wife
- Margarita Donuts from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
- Margarita Mousse from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Margarita Shrimp from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Margarita Shrimp Tacos from Supper for a Steal
- Strawberry Margarita Sweet Rolls from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter
- Top Shelf (Margarita) Truffles from Culinary Adventures with Camilla