Margarita Cupcake

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I love this holiday. Yes, I can appreciate that it’s an opportunity to have some “adult time” and party with friends, but more importantly it means it’s the start of summer. Although summer is clearly a month away, this holiday signals for me the barbecues, beach days, sun, and fun that summer brings. It helps that I’m from Florida where at this point in the year it’s 85-90 degrees and I could be in shorts, dresses, and sandals every single day.

These margarita cupcakes I made for Cinco de Mayo are scrumptious. There is alcohol in the mix, but most of it will cook out once you start baking. They are relatively simple, but it will save you some time if you have a mixer. I think the garnishes make it adorable for entertaining and it gives you an opportunity to be creative!


  • 1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
  • 7 1/2 oz margarita mix
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Zest of 1 lime


Preheat oven to 350°. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with baking spray.

Mix together margarita mix, tequila and orange juice in a large measuring cup. Add cake mix to mixing bowl and add egg whites, oil, lime zest and tequila mix. Beat on low speed for about 30 seconds until dry ingredients are incorporated and then beat on medium high speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool about 5 minutes in the pan and then cool completely on wire racks.


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lime zest

Beat cream cheese and butter on medium high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 3 tbsp lime juice and lime zest and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated. Add more lime juice if necessary. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes as desired.

Lime wedges, straws, and sprinkles all make festive garnishes. Refrigerate cupcakes in an airtight container if not serving immediately and bring to room temperature a couple hours prior to serving.


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