Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Margarita Cupcakes

Today I am happy to be a part of a very fun surprise for my blogging friend Aubrey of Real Housemoms!  To celebrate her birthday, several bloggers and myself  have gotten together to throw her a virtual birthday bash and I'm bringing these wonderful Margarita Cupcakes to the party!  

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Pimped up boozy cupcakes that taste like your favorite drink!

 Aubrey is going to love these Margarita Cupcakes and so are you! They are so easy to make, because they start with a lemon flavored boxed cake mix.

I love to make creations that start with boxed cake mix! All the hard guess work is taken out of the equation when you use boxed cake mix and you get a blank canvas and create all sorts of flavor combinations. 

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Pimped up boozy cupcakes that taste like your favorite drink!

These pimped out into these citrus-y lovelies are for those 21+ only. They do, afterall, contain 1/2 cup tequila. My theory is that most of the alcohol bakes out in the oven, but you just never know. 

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Pimped up boozy cupcakes that taste like your favorite drink!

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Happy Birthday Aubrey!

Margarita Cupcakes

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Adapted from Betty Crocker™ 
Margarita Cupcakes
Lemon-Lime flavored cupcakes are spiked with tequila and frosted with a lime buttercream for a yummy boozy treat!


  • 1 - 15.25oz. box of lemon cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup tequila OR water
  • 1 TBS grated lime zest
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 box (4 serving size) lime flavored gelatin (can be sugar free or regular)
  • For frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • juice of half a lime
  • For garnish:
  • green colored sprinkles or sugar
  • small lime slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners (I love the parchment ones!)
  2. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients with electric mixer on low. Beat on med-high for about 2 minutes.
  3. Fill paper liners about 2/3's of the way full. Bake in oven until cake is done (toothpick inserted into center comes out clean) or about 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool on rack.
  4. Make the frosting by combining all frosting ingredients until smooth. Frost cupcakes once they are completely cooled and garnish as desired with green sprinkles or sugar and lime slices.
Yield: approx. 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
Tags: cupcakes, dessert, lime, tequila, margarita

Printable Recipe

Make sure you check out all the goodies everyone is bringing to the party to celebrate Aubrey! 

Margarita Cupcakes | Renee's Kitchen Adventures: Happy Birthday Aubrey!

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Free Printable Birthday Card from I Should Be Mopping The Floor
Tropical Sangria Poke Cake from Frugal Foodie Mama
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Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits from Self Proclaimed Foodie
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DIY Wine Charms from Home.Made.Interest
Fancy Feathered Drink Stirrers from View From The Fridge
Classic Chocolate Cake from It Is A Keeper
Citrus Sangria from Noshing with the Nolands
Tequila Sunrise Cupcakes from Around My Family Table
Lightened-Up Cake Batter Truffles from Happy Food Healthy Life
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  1. These are so tempting! A margarita and cake, too? Yes, please!

    1. thanks Rachel! They are fun and delicious too!

  2. This is right on so many levels. LOVE!

  3. Those are the sweetest cupcakes ever, I just love them!

  4. Wow! I would also love such cupcakes for my birthday :D

  5. Oh man, these look so fantastic. What I wouldn't do to have these on my birthday!

  6. Cupcake and cocktail all in one! Perfection!

  7. Oh my gosh, Renee! :) I just LOVE everything about these cupcakes! The green sprinkles are a super cute touch.

  8. Very pretty cupcakes, and great photos Renee! I know Aubrey would love them!

  9. These are SO fun, Renee!! Perfect birthday cupcakes!

  10. From Yova: Could you please give a recipy for lemon cake from scratch? I don't live in the US...

    1. Hi Yova! Here is a lemon cake recipe from scratch. You swap regular lemons for the meyer ones!


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