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Salted Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Buttercream Frosting

This cupcake is perfect for Summer- it's bright, flavorful, and fun with an infusion of tequila and lime in both the batter and the butter cream.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12


For The Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • heaping 1/4 tsp salt
  • zest of two fresh limes
  • 1/4 cup quality Margarita mix

For The Tequila Lime Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp Tequila
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • green food coloring, optional


To Make The Cupcakes

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until nice & smooth. Whip in the sugar, creaming until evenly combined and smooth. Beat in a single egg at a time, until the mixture's smooth and completely incorporated.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix slowly and carefully, just until evenly combined. Stir in the margarita mix and zest, just until evenly incorporated.
  • Add 12 cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. Fill each liner 2/3 of the way full with the batter, repeating until all are filled. 
  • Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. When the cupcakes are done, remove them from heat and let them cool 5 minutes, before removing to metal cooling racks to finish cooling completely.

To Make The Tequila Lime Frosting

  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, and shortening until evenly incorporated and smooth. Adding a bit at a time, add the powdered sugar slowly incorporating it until the buttercream is once again smooth.
  • Stir in the Tequila and lime juice, until incorporated. Add the food coloring, stirring just until a uniform Margarita green is reached.
  • Frost the cupcakes. Top each with a sprinkle of salt, a lime wedge, and a short straw for the full presentation.


recipe adapted from Created By Diane