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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!



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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

43 responses to “Margarita Cupcakes + Lime Frosting”

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  2. Catherine says:

    Made these last night for Cinco de Mayo and boy were they DELICIOUS. Thanks for such a great recipe. They were the hit of the party! Will definitely make them again for a sweet summer treat.

  3. Jennifer E says:

    Brilliant! I will have to try making these for a party I have coming up at home. Thanks!

  4. Jennifer E says:

    I tried out the margarita cupcakes. As Catherine posted above, they were Delicious and a hit at the jewelry party I hosted. Pictures on my blog – I did give credit and linked back to this page as well as the vegan recipe link. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. Tanisha says:

    do you have to refrigerate the cupcakes cause of the cream cheese icing?

  6. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Tanisha –
    Yes – it’s safest to refrigerate the cupcakes, but you can remove them from the fridge an hour or 2 before serving to get them back to room temperature and they should be fine :)

  7. Tanisha says:

    Cool thanks! :)

  8. Tanisha says:

    Was wondering where did you get that plate? and do they have different colors? I LOVE it!!

  9. Jenn @ HWTM says:

    Tanisha –
    I got the plate at HomeGoods – it was from a set of 4 – and each plate was actually a different color. I got them last summer though…so not sure if they’ll still have them…

  10. Tanisha says:

    thanks! I found some like that at the dollar store today but they aren’t solid colors they have hibiscus flowers on them but they are still pretty. Going to display apricot cupcakes on them to celebrate the apricot fiesta :)

  11. Debbie says:

    I agree with Julianne, I would love to know where to purchase that orange plate :)

    The cupcake recipes sounds delish!

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Debbie & Julianne – The orange “flower” plate is actually from HomeGoods – it came in a set of 4 (4 different colors). Their stuff is seasonal though and I bought these quite a while ago, so I don’t know if they’d still have them!

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  14. DorajiDesign says:

    Nice! We were just talking about a Margarita wish for our next meeting – these will do fine! Will test these for next meeting thank you! – DD

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  16. Azalia says:

    Do you add the box mix plus the ingredients it calls for and then the other ingredients listed above too? It won’t be too watery?

  17. Azalia Miranda says:

    Help? About to max second batch and see if it comes out. Do you add the cake mix plus the ingredients it calls for on the box and then the other ingredients you have listed above: more eggs, veg oil, the liqour etc.

  18. Stephani Scott says:

    Looking forward to trying these. How many cupcakes does the recipe make? I've got my cupcake pan(s) out and realized I didn't know how many to prep! Thanks!

  19. katiedeegan says:

    I made these cupcakes for two parties this weekend – an Opening Ceremony Party for the 2012 Summer Olympics and an Engagement Party the following night. They were huge hits at each party. I only had to make one batch of frosting and I had enough for the 44 cupcakes I ended up making (doubled the cupcake portion of the recipe).

    I love this recipe and I’ll come back to it over and over again.