What says spring better than a margarita in a cupcake?

Ok, I’m sure there are plenty of things that signify spring better than a cupcake. But, lets just face it people are interested in drinking when its warm out.  So, without further a do, this is my contribution to spring you lushes.

They are pretty comparable to a margarita, I’d venture to say I’d have more of these than actual margaritas.  But I also have a blog about cupcakes, so I think we all know my preferences in life.

Makes 24ish

Click here to find out more!Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (12 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 lemon simple syrup
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, plus 1 large egg white
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • Grated peel of 2 limes, plus 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons tequila


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. In a large glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. On low speed, mix in one-third of the wet mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat twice, ending with the dry mixture. Mix in the grated lime peel and tequila.
  3. Fill each baking liner about three-quarters full with batter. Bake until the cupcakes spring back when gently touched, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes.


  • 4 sticks butter
  • 4 tbsp crisco
  • 4-6 cups powdered sugar (to taste and consistency)
  • 7 tbsp tequila (also to taste)
  • 4 limes zested and 1/2 cup lime juice
  • Salt to taste about 1-2 tsp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • green food coloring


Using the electric mixer, beat the butter and crisco until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar. Beat in the tequila, lime juice, vanilla, lime peel, salt and the food coloring until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time, until just soft enough to spread.

Garnish with lime slices, it took 2 limes for this