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Margarita Cupcakes

Inspired by the popular lime cocktail, these cupcakes would be a great dessert for your next bachelorette weekend or Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners
  • Pastry brush
  • Electric hand or stand mixer



  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 oz tequila optional
  • 1 oz triple sec or orange liqueur optional


  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest for garnish


  • Fill a cupcake tin with brightly-colored liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition, before mixing in lime juice and milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Slowly mix into main batter.
  • Once all ingredients are completely combined, fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 12-17 minutes, until a toothpick placed in the center of each cupcake comes out clean.
  • While cupcakes are baking, combine tequila and triple sec in a small bowl. While cupcakes are cooling but still warm, use a pastry brush to sweep the alcohol mixture over the surface of the cupcakes. Repeat over cupcakes until you have used all of the alcohol mixture.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare your icing. Beat together butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer. Once thoroughly combined, mix in vanilla bean paste. Slowly add powdered sugar until the mixture is creamy. Mix in lime juice and zest.
  • Place icing in a piping bag and frost cupcakes as desired.


You may substitute tequila and triple sec with lime juice and/or orange juice, if you would prefer to avoid alcohol in these treats.
Keyword cinco de mayo, cocktail, cupcakes, dessert, lime, margarita