“Fluffy, homemade Margarita flavored cupcakes with tequila and cointreau! Topped with margarita buttercream frosting! Perfect for summer parties!”

Watch me make these margarita cupcakes with margarita frosting from start to finish!

Margarita cupcakes…ahhh… just the name makes me smile.  Actually margarita anything makes me smile! Margarita watermelon anyone? Or perhaps this blackberry margarita is more your thing, no? OK try this strawberry margarita punch! Look, call me a lush if you must, but margaritas are everything I tell ya! It’s pretty much the only cocktail I order when I go out.

With all the different flavor varieties who doesn’t love margaritas???? No seriously show them to me. Ga’head, point them out. Give me 5 minutes and some ice, tequila, cointreau, salt, sugar  and fresh lime and I  betcha I can change their minds!  Boom! *Snappin in a Z formation*

Today we’re making margarita cupcakes because Cinco Demayo is right around the corner and you  lushies  smart, beautiful people in blog land has  been requesting these things!  I am here to deliver the goods! I like to make you guys happy so..yeah, I HAD to make them…for you. Because it’s all about YOU not me.  : )

These margarita cupcakes are not for the kiddos people so don’t let them see you making them.  My boys were devastated they couldn’t have any.  They are use to me saying “no this mama’s special punch baby. Let me get you some juice ok punkin”  but they were not understanding how I could have “mama’s special cupcakes” as well.

All was well when I promised them we’d do an ice cream bar and make rainbow cupcakes over the weekend.

These margarita cupcakes are so good y’all!!!! If you don’t like classic margaritas then you probably won’t like these. They are full of lime & tequila flavor! The texture is so light and fluffy thanks to the addition of heavy cream! Sorry buttermilk. I still love ya but sometimes heavy whipping cream is in order.

To top these boozy cupcakes I decided to go with an amazing sweet and tart margarita flavored buttercream frosting! Which is also full of tequila, lime, and cointreu! Did I mention we also brush these with a simple syrup. Yeeeep  you guessed it, it’s also full of tequila, lime juice and cointreau!

Just layers and layers of margarita flavor all up and through!! These cupcakes are perfect for adult parties and cookouts! I made them for my last girls night in and everybody loved them!

Note: The frosting tastes better the next day when it’s had a chance to mellow out a bit. It’s pretty bold and strong right when you make it. I usually make it the day or a few hours before I need it. Store it in the fridge until you’re ready to frost the cupcakes.

margarita cupcakes recipe

Get the Recipe: Margarita Cupcakes

4.60 from 20 ratings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 21 mins
Total Time: 36 mins
Servings: 12 cupcakes



  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime zest, can use more if you like
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • 2 tablespoon cointreau, orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 1/2 tablespoon cointreau
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon cointreau
  • Pinch of salt
  • GARNISH: Sliced limes, lime zest


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Place cupcake liners into pan and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl stir together oil and sugar.
  • Mix in eggs, lime zest, lime juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract, tequila, and cointreau.
  • Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Mix in heavy whipping cream.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes (check on it at the 18 minute mark)
  • Mix together margarita glaze ingredients.
  • Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the glaze and let cool slightly before removing the cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, cream together butter and powdered sugar.
  • Add lime zest, tequila and cointraeu.
  • Mix until fluffy. (add more powdered sugar if needed)
  • Add a pinch of salt.
  • Frost the cooled cupcakes and garnish with sliced limes and set if desired.



Frosting taste best the next day or when it's had a few hours to sit. The flavors really mellow out beautifully!
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Course: cake, cupcakes, Dessert, Snack
Author: Divas Can Cook
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