As soon as I heard there was such a thing as Margarita Cupcakes, I wanted one. And since we were going to a fajita and margarita party this weekend it was a great excuse to make them!
This task took me 2 tries to get it right. I had originally tried to make a recipe that I found on a blog that was from scratch, but it just didn't turn out.....right. The cupcakes didn't rise quite normally and they dropped in the middle while cooling. Thankfully I had a backup recipe that involved a cake mix, and that worked beautifully! One of my new favorite blogs, Homemade By Holman, had this recipe along with a cream cheese icing recipe and they did not disappoint!!
Recipe from Homemade by Holman, (slightly adapted by Amy's New Kitchen for high altitude)
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with 24 liners. There is no need to spray the liners-the cupckes don't stick to the liners. Mix margarita mix, tequila, and OJ in a separate bowl. Add cake mix to your stand mixer bowl, along with the egg whites, oil, flour and margarita/tequila/oj mixture. Beat on low until all ingredients are blended together, then continue to mix on medium-high for 2 more minutes until mixture thickens slightly. Add lime zest and mix on medium approx 10 seconds.
Recipe from Homemade by Holman
Yield: enough icing for 24 cupcakes
Ingredients for Icing:
8 oz block of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Lime juice of 1 lime (from the zested lime from your cupcakes)
4 cups powdered sugar
4 drops green food coloring
Sprinkles, lime zest, lime wedges for decoration
Beat cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add lime juice and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, until fully incorporated each time. Add food coloring one drop at a time until the icing is the color you prefer. Pipe or spread icing onto fully cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles, lime wedges, or lime zest. *Refrigerate cupcakes in an air-tight container if not serving immediately and bring to room temperature a couple hours prior to serving.
I knew these were going to be a big hit when Jeff tried the first one and gobbled it down. Then he says-that is my new favorite cupcake!! He loved that there was an actual 'flavor' to these cupcakes instead of another chocolate, vanilla or yellow cupcake....boring!
I also loved this recipe because I went out and bought a piping bag and tips-and we had lots of fun making these cupcakes cute. I am no expert cupcake decorator though. I guess I will have to make more cupcakes until I improve. ;)