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.
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.