Margarita Cupcake Recipe

Posted on Jun 13 2015 - 9:00am by Susan Bewley


Are you someone who loves margaritas? Honestly, they are one of the few alcoholic drinks I enjoy (I’ve even had a virgin one before and liked it).  To me, that mix of sweet and tart is one of those things that just screams summer to me. While I love the flavor of this drink though, I rarely enjoy actually drinking alcohol, making enjoying a margarita something rare. At least, that was until one of my friends introduced me to the most delicious margarita cupcake recipe.

Unlike a real margarita, these margarita cupcakes have very little alcohol, with the majority of it baking out of the cupcake. In other words, you get the flavor in a yummy cupcake that even people under the age of 21 can appreciate. Best of all, they are delicious and easy to make, allowing you to make a fun cupcake that can easily impress everyone you are entertaining, especially at bridal showers! Want to try these delightful cupcakes for yourself? You can find our margarita cupcakes recipe below. If you do make these cupcakes at home, please tell us how it went and if you have any suggestions for the future!

Note: Special thanks to my friends Krista from Adventures of Country Divas for helping me with this recipe and pictures!

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Margarita Cupcake Recipe
Looking for a delicious recipe perfect for bridal showers or some adult time? Check out our Margarita Cupcake Recipe here!
Cuisine: Dessert
Recipe type: Cupcake
For the Cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1½ limes, zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons tequila
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons tequila (brushing the cupcakes)
Tequila-Lime Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2¾ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  1. Cupcake Directions!
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. While you are waiting, grease or line your cupcake pan.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt
  5. Using your stand mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar together for 5 minutes
  6. Add eggs one at a time to the mixture
  7. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract and tequila. Mix well.
  8. Reduce your mixer to low speed and start adding the dry ingredients slowly, along with the milk.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until cupcakes are slightly golden. Cool for 5 - 10 minutes.
  10. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila. Allow to completely cool before icing.
Frosting Directions
  1. Cream the butter and sugar in your stand mixer on medium high speed for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the lime juice, tequila and salt mix on medium-high speed until fluffy. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Frost cupcakes and garnish, if desired, with lime zest, an additional sprinkling of salt and a lime wedge.




Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jo-Ann Brightman June 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    These cupcake look delicious. You don’t say how much tequila I in the frosting.

  2. Angela Warren June 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    These cupcakes looks so yummy. I will be attempting to make ’em this weekend.

  3. lisa June 13, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I love a margarita! This recipe is going to be tried very soon. I don’t even cook, but this sounds too good to not try.

  4. Betsy R Barnes June 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    This is a lovely recipe! I especially like the brushing the cupcakes with tequila, never thought of this! 🙂

  5. Cindy S. June 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    These sound awesome! Great for the next BBQ.

  6. M.Clark June 13, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    A margarita cupcake is something new, I’ve never heard of anything like this. I think this would make a great party treat. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  7. desiree June 13, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    this is great and they look so good i would make them eat them

  8. Michele Ash June 14, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the Delicious Recipe on Margarita Cupcake Recipe! These look and sound so good! The Kids love cupcakes and I’m always on the look out for new and different recipes! I saved this one to give a try! Thanks so much for sharing your Delicious Recipe on Margarita Cupcake Recipe with all of us! I really do appreciate it! Thanks again!!! Michele 🙂

  9. RANDY FULGHAM June 14, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    wonder how many you would have to eat b-4 you smashed, just a thought , this sounds good though….

  10. Nicole Dziedzic June 15, 2015 at 12:51 am - Reply

    These cupcakes are perfect to make for a girls nights or even a Bachelorette party! Great idea for cupcakes and i bet they are really good.

  11. Robin Abrams June 15, 2015 at 7:39 am - Reply

    These look and sound good. I may make these this weekend yummm

  12. Sandra Watts June 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    This looks amazingly good. I soooo want one.

  13. denise low June 17, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    WOW these look great. We will surely try this on out. Thank you for the recipe

  14. Carolyn Massey June 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Two of my favorite things, Margaritas and cupcakes. Even though this recipe has little alcohol the lime juice would do the trick. These look so yummy and family would love them. Wouldn’t last long in my house.

  15. lisa June 22, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    These are delicious! Knowing that if I tried to make them, I’d screw it up, I asked my husband to make them for me. I’m so glad he did. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. Pamela Gurganus August 17, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I’m so glad I ran across this recipe! My sister’s favorite drink is a margarita and she is having a birthday next month…I’m going to make these cupcakes for her! She is going to love them! Thank you for sharing.

  17. Terri S October 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    These sound so good! I can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  18. Rosie August 5, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    This is a perfect recipe for grown up cupcakes and so summery, too. I’d love to try these!

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