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Margarita Cupcakes

FLUFFY, HOMEMADE MARGARITA FLAVORED CUPCAKES WITH TEQUILA AND COINTREAU! TOPPED WITH MARGARITA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING! PERFECT FOR SUMMER PARTIES!
Course cake, cupcakes, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword buttercream, cinco de mayo, cocktail, cupcakes, frosting, lime, margarita, mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes
Author Divas Can Cook

Ingredients

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

MARGARITA GLAZE

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

MARGARITA FROSTING

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

Frosting taste best the next day or when it's had a few hours to sit. The flavors really mellow out beautifully!