Margarita Cupcakes

29 Aug

Tomorrow is our first day back to school for staff meetings. Our principal is setting up a taco bar for the teachers for lunch. What goes with tacos? Margaritas!!!! BUT Since we can’t drink margaritas at school, the next best thing is Margarita Cupcakes. Lime with a little bit of tequila baked in. Mmmm. These should help us get through the afternoon 🙂

Tequila Lime Buttercream

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 lb. powdered sugar (1/2 bag- give or take)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons tequila
1/2 tablespoon milk
Green& yellow food coloring: however many drops you want to make the frosting look lime-y- about 1 green drop to every 3 yellow (optional)

Cream the butter and shortening with your stand mixer. Add the vanilla, lime juice, zest, and tequila. Mix until combined. Add the powdered sugar. Start with about half the bag. Add the milk and if the frosting is too soft, add more powdered sugar. Add the food coloring if you want now and then Whip the frosting for 3-5 minutes and then frost your cooled cupcakes. After I frosted my cupcakes, I rolled the edges of the frosting in sugar (to mimic a margarita glass)


Check out a very similar post, but for a strawberry margarita cupcake and frosting recipe. YUM!


32 Responses to “Margarita Cupcakes”

  1. Rebecca April 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Have a Cinco de Mayo party coming up. Did you just use the vanilla cupcake recipe?

    • GoodBye Gluten April 20, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Rebecca,

      You could just use a vanilla cupcake recipe. However, I used my favorite lime cupcake (basically just a vanilla cake with some lime zest and lime juice).

      Good luck! You can’t go wrong with tequila & cupcakes 🙂

      • Brittany April 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

        I’m confused. You say you can’t have margaritas at your work so you brought these in. The recipe is for the buttercream frosting and you say “Tequila baked in”. Am I missing something? You don’t bake buttercream frosting so the tequila is still alcholic?
        I know it’s only two tbs over the entire recipe but can something be substituted for the tequila?

      • GoodBye Gluten April 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

        Hi Brittany!

        We couldn’t drink margaritas at school so I brought these cupcakes instead 🙂

        I did add 2 tablespoons of tequila to the buttercream and a little tequila to the cupcake batter (2 tablespoons). If you didn’t want to use tequila, you wouldn’t have to! It would just taste like lime (or a virgin margarita). I would add extra lime juice or milk to your frosting to make it the right consistency if you omit the tequila. It’s your choice!

        Good luck 🙂

      • Kristin Martin July 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

        Do you have a recipe for your lime cupcake? 🙂

      • GoodBye Gluten July 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

        Hi Kristin!

        I do have a recipe, but it’s my go-to recipe for cupcakes that I am currently selling. I had better not post it 🙂 Sorry!!

        If you have a good vanilla cupcake that you like, just add about 2 tablespoons of lime juice and one tablespoon of lime zest.
        If you don’t have a good vanilla cupcake, I think the secret is in the flour. Use 2 parts brown rice, 1 part white rice, and 1/2 part tapioca or sweet rice flour. That should do it 🙂

  2. CurlyGRL12 July 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm #


    What about the cupcakes… Those are not Gluten Free 😦

    • GoodBye Gluten July 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm #


      The cupcakes are gluten free!!!! AND delicious 🙂

  3. Amanda October 14, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    How much are you selling your cake recipe for? I have a good vanilla cake but like to try new things too!

    • GoodBye Gluten October 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Sorry, but my recipe isn’t for sale.

      You can use your vanilla cake and add some lime/lemon juice and tequila to the batter with your liquid. Then top it with my tequila buttercream recipe! It should be delicious!

      🙂 Nikki

  4. shayla duvall January 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    How do you make the cupcakes? The frosting sounds yummy. Is the cake made a certain way?

    • GoodBye Gluten February 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Shayla!

      I use my vanilla cupcake, but then add lime to the batter and brush them with lime & Tequila when they are done. It adds a little punch 🙂

  5. Katherine February 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    How many cupcakes does this recipe ice?

    • GoodBye Gluten February 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Katherine!

      It really depends on how much frosting you put on each cupcake. I would say it frosts between 12 and 18 cupcakes… That’s with a decent amount of frosting on each!

  6. Dani Bee March 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I make this frosting and put it on Betty Crockers Lemon cake… and it was a HUGE hit 🙂 The frosting is so good! I used Patrón – YUM!

    • GoodBye Gluten March 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Yay! Thanks Dani for your feedback. I’m glad it was such a hit 🙂

  7. Mickie_G April 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Pinned your image and recipe so I could easily post it on my page about finding ideas for Cinco de Mayo on Pinterest.
    Let me know if you do not approve of the use.

  8. January 30, 2013 at 3:03 am #

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  9. Dot Girl February 4, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Why have I never seen your blog before????? This look amazing…this is my recipe to try this week. Thank you so much for posting this…I am setting up my blog from another server here on WP and I am excited to read more from you. By the way I am a mom of 2 gluten free kids and I am often called upon to help the newly diagnosed deal with going gluten free, I will refer people here

    • GoodBye Gluten February 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

      Awww, thanks!

      I am horrible at updating it…. If you are ever looking for a specific baked good, shoot me an e-mail or message. I probably have a recipe floating around somewhere that I haven’t posted… OR I could make one 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by! Nikki


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