Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Margarita Cupcakes

Now that football season is in full swing (GO GATORS!), it is time for alcohol infused treats. For tailgating this past Saturday, I made Margarita cupcakes with tequila. These are amazing and taste just like the real thing. Below is the original recipe, but I tried making a few modifications which actually turned out quite tasty.

For the cupcakes, it is okay to use lime juice instead of lime zest, but the lime zest is a little bit stronger than the juice.

I wanted to add a little more alcohol to this recipe, so I added a few splashs of tequila to the frosting.

1 c. liquid Margarita mix
1/3 c. tequila
¾ ounce Grand Marnier (optional)
1 box white cake mix
3 large egg whites
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs. lime zest (I used 2 Tbs.,chopped fine)

Lime Buttercream Frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature (salted butter works okay too...think of it as the salted rim of the margarita glass)
5 to 6 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated lime zest
splash of tequila (optional)

1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together all of the alcohol in a small bowl. Measure out about 1 1/4 cup for the recipe and save the rest for drinking. (I tossed the whole thing in the recipe and it tastes great).

3. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, lime zest, and the 1 1/4 cup of booze. Blend for about 2 minutes...the batter will be slightly lumpy.

4. Spoon batter into cupcake liners (3/4 full), and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until when a toothpick is inserted into the center it comes out clean.

5. For the icing, place the butter into a large bowl and beat until it is fluffy. Slowly add the powdered sugar, salt, lime juice, lime zest, and tequila (optional). Mix until its thick and creamy.

6. When the cupcakes are cooled, frost with the desired amount.

7. Stuff face with cupcake.

adapted from Bunny's Warm Oven: Margarita Cupcakes

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