Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes

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Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes full of lime, tequila and strawberry icing.  They are the perfect dessert to celebrate any day of the week.

Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes full of lime, tequila and strawberry icing.  They are the perfect dessert to celebrate any day of the week.

You might be confused in thinking that it’s Cinco de Mayo when you saw the title of this post.  We aren’t quite there yet.  I very much wish we were because that would mean no more snow and much warmer weather.  Anyhow, it’s actually National Margarita Day!  I teamed up with a group of 14 fabulous bloggers to all post an array of margarita recipes to celebrate and create some margarita madness on the internet.  How fun is that?!

You have have seen the sneak peak that I posted on my Instagram page a few days ago.  I created these Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes from scratch when I was trying to come up with a way to use up the lonely limes I had sitting on my counter.  They were just begging to be used in something fun.  The cupcakes themselves are not overly sweet and are very light in flavor with just the right amount of tartness.  I used just a couple of drops of green food coloring to give it that tropical lime tint, and topped them with strawberry icing.  I was excited to find another great use for my Strawberry Buttercream Frosting and I doubled the recipe this time.  I wanted a nice size mound of frosting on each cupcake.

Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes full of lime, tequila and strawberry frosting - a perfect dessert to celebrate any day of the week.

These are perfect to treat a crowd for parties, spring or summer get-togethers, or any random day.  They tasted like a bit of the tropics in the midst of a very cold, long winter!  I know that some people dislike using extra unnecessary food coloring in their baking so you definitely have the option of not using it at all.  The cupcakes don’t need to be green to still have that amazing flavor.  You can also omit the tequila used in the frosting – it will still taste great.  I tried it both ways.

Make sure you scroll down below the recipe and check out the other wonderful margarita recipes that were posted today by my friends! Now please excuse me while I go stuff my face with one of these cupcakes and pretend I’m on a tropical beach somewhere.

Enjoy the cupcakes and happy Margarita day!

Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes full of lime, tequila and strawberry frosting - a perfect dessert to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes
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Serves: about 22-24 cupcakes
 
Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes full of lime, tequila and strawberry icing. They are the perfect dessert to celebrate any day of the week.
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • ½ cup milk
  • green food coloring, optional*
  • lime wedges, optional for garnish
  • *If you decide to use food coloring, you only need a few drops to get that nice Lime color. You can add however much you like to get the shade of green you want.
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 6 Tablespoons strawberry syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tequila, optional
Instructions
  1. Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar together for about 2 minutes. Then scrape down the bowl and add the eggs one at a time. After adding all the eggs, scrape down bowl and add the milk, dry ingredients and the lime zest. Mix on low until well incorporated. Scrape down the bowl again and turn up from low speed to medium speed for about 20 seconds, and then scrape down the bowl for the last time. Mix in green food coloring, if using.
  4. Fill the cupcake liners about three-quarters full with batter. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating the cupcakes after 12 minutes, and bake until the cupcakes are baked through and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  5. Frost cupcakes using a piping bag and tip (I used Wilton 1M tip) and garnish, if desired, with lime wedge and/or cut up straws.
  6. Frosting:
  7. Place softened butter, strawberry syrup, tequila (if using) and vanilla in a large bowl.
  8. Using a mixer, beat on high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy and lumps have disappeared.
  9. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed to blend.
  10. Once the sugar has begun to incorporate into the butter, mix on high speed for 1 – 2 minutes until the buttercream is completely smooth. Taste the buttercream to test the strawberry flavor, adding another Tablespoon of strawberry syrup if necessary, for a stronger taste. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.

 

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, storms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has always been baseball. Go Yankees!

24 Responses to “Strawberry Lime Margarita Cupcakes”

  1. February 22, 2015 at 6:55 AM #

    Happy margarita day indeed! I might have to make myself a few of those tonight… 🙂

  2. February 22, 2015 at 9:06 AM #

    You don’t mind if I join you on that tropical beach, do you? One of these cupcakes in one hand…a margarita in the other…sounds perfect to me. These are so incredibly adorable, I love the colors. Perfect addition to any margarita day party. 🙂

  3. February 22, 2015 at 1:58 PM #

    These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Next girls night in these are happening!

  4. February 22, 2015 at 2:42 PM #

    Perfect for a fiesta! My family would love these, sweet!

  5. February 22, 2015 at 2:52 PM #

    I love discovering new ways to eat and drink my margaritas!

  6. February 22, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

    Too stinking cute. Love how you topped them with little straws.

  7. February 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM #

    These cupcakes are too cute! I love that you added tequila to the frosting! 😀

  8. February 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

    I can’t believe I missed margarita day 🙁 but I am in LOVE with these cupcakes

  9. February 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

    Love the pastel lime green color of the cupcakes – so pretty!! xoxo

  10. February 23, 2015 at 11:13 AM #

    These cupcakes look wonderful. Each bite is a tropical party. Love it. xo, Catherine

  11. February 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

    These are so adorable – LOVE how you dressed them up with limes and straws Ashley! And they are so perfectly tinted!

  12. February 24, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

    Beautiful pictures and what a great flavor combination for cupcakes! I’m already looking forward to Cinco de Mayo and these would be perfect!

  13. February 26, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

    Those are absolutely gorgeous and delicious looking.

  14. March 25, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

    Good idea, but for me the frosting was runny and not enough powdered sugar I guess, and the time for baking cupcakes was a lot longer for me to them to be done. Maybe time on the oven should be adjusted to suit 20 mins. ??

    • March 27, 2015 at 1:31 AM #

      Oh no I’m so sorry the frosting was runny! I made these twice just to make sure it was just right. Not sure what could have caused this! Did you try adding more more sugar?

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