July 26, 2011

Margarita Cupcakes with Margarita Buttercream Frosting



Hint-of-lime cupcakes topped with margarita buttercream.  Any takers? 

These were inspired by a family friend's top-shelf margarita recipe.  And I love them!!  The cupcakes, that is.  Well, and the margaritas, too.  On the rocks.  Sorry, but I'm not a fan of that frozen give-me-an-ice-cream-headache stuff.  On the rocks, for me, baby.

The cupcakes themselves have just a hint of lime ... my favorite vanilla cupcake batter with the zest of a couple of limes grated in.  When I was developing this cupcake, I was hoping I could get a touch of lime flavor simply by adding zest - and I did!  I was very excited when this method worked and gave me just the touch of lime I was looking for.

The cakes are then frosted with margarita buttercream ... that's the part inspired by the top-shelf margaritas.  Take basic buttercream with a little lime juice, lime zest, Triple Sec, Cuervo Gold tequila, and a pinch of salt and you've got margarita buttercream.  Tasty.  Word of caution - the salt takes over the flavor of the buttercream pretty easily, so go easy.  I used about 1/16th of a teaspoon, and felt that came out about right.

Sprinkle the frosted cupcakes with a little lime zest to make them extra pretty, if you'd like - and then dig in.  No blender required.




Margarita Hint-of-Lime Cupcakes & Margarita Buttercream
Source: Cupcakes adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook's Vanilla Cupcakes; Frosting inspired by top-shelf margaritas; method adapted from The Best Recipe by the editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients
Cupcakes:
1 c. all-purpose flour
A scant 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 T. butter, at room temperature
1/2 c. whole milk or 2% milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest of 2 limes


Margarita Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 lb. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 c. confectioners' sugar
3 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. Triple Sec
1 T. Cuervo Gold tequila
2 T. lime zest
1/16 tsp. salt


Directions

Prepare the Cupcakes:
1.  Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter in mixing bowl. Beat on slow speed until everything is combined and you have a crumb mixture with a sandy consistency. Gradually pour in half of the milk; beat until the milk is just incorporated.

2.  Whisk together the remaining milk (1/4 cup), egg, and vanilla. Pour into the flour mixture and beat until all ingredients are just incorporated. Beat for about another 30 seconds to one minute until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix.  Gently fold in lime zest.

3.  Spoon batter into muffin pan cups lined with paper cupcake liners, filling cups 1/2 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until light golden and the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool slightly in the pan before removing cupcakes to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.

NOTE: This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.  Fill your cups only 1/2 full, as this batter rises quite a bit. When I divided the batter between only 10 muffin cups, I had several that rose over the sides of the cups way too much. If you're like me, you'll feel like there's not enough batter to stretch to 12 cupcakes, but there really is.


Prepare the Frosting:
4.  Beat butter in bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating for a few seconds between each addition.

5.  Increase mixer speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes.

6.  Add remaining ingredients (starting with 1/16 tsp. salt); beat on low speed to combine. Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Frosts 12 cupcakes.


Enjoy!


This post is linked with Tasty Tuesday hosted by For the Love of Blogs, The Month Long Cupcake Party hosted by Screaming SardineThese Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Foodie Friday: Summer Foods hosted by Designs by Gollum, Friday Favorites hosted by Simply Sweet Home, Savvy Homemade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, Recipe Sharing Monday hosted by Jam Hands, Sharing Sundays hosted by Everyday Sisters, Sweets This Week hosted by Sugar Bananas, Sharing Sundays hosted by Everyday Sisters, and Fat Camp Friday hosted by Mangoes and Chutney, 12 Days of Christmas Goodies hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, This Week's Cravings hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, Themed Bakers' Sunday hosted by Cupcake Apothecary, Margarita Cocktail Link Party.

30 comments:

  1. I verify that these are really good!!

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  2. I love lime anything, and these are just gorgeous!

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  3. What a great summertime cupcake recipe, these are for sure a hit, thanks for the recipe to try.

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  4. Those photos could qualify as food porn and need a XXX rating ;)

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  5. Wow, looks so festive and fun. I'll definitely be making them soon.

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  6. Those look beautiful! And the flavors sound awesome!

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  7. congrats,great recipe. It sounds so delicoius.

    aria from Italy

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  8. Wow! These sound so summery and delicious! Add lime to anything, and I'm a fan :-). Visiting from The Cast Party today...

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  9. These cupcakes are beautiful and sound delicious! I love margarita pie, so I'll have to try the cupcakes too.

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  10. Those cupcakes look perfect for summer. Love your pics! :)

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  11. Back in my bar hopping days, a margarita was my drink of choice! These sound amazing!

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  12. So pretty! Perfect for summer.

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  13. Your cupcakes look wonderful!

    I'd love for you to stop by for my Friday Favorites party!

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  14. Ah, there's the tequila... was hoping you had Elvis on every post.

    ;)

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  15. @ Year on the Grill -- You're cracking me up! Glad you're an Elvis fan and enjoyed the reference to His Greatness. :-)

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  16. These are gorgeous! I love the lime zest in the frosting - beautiful! I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/07/sweet-indulgences-sunday-15.html

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  17. Wow, Wow, wow! These sound amazing and look beautiful! I am a new follower! I would love for you to stop by my Savvy HomeMade blog party at http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/2011/07/28/savvy-homemade-monday-party-1/

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  18. Thank You so much for joining me at Cast Party Wednesday last week. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/
    ALSO!!!!! YOU are being featured tomorrow! Please come back and grab a "featured" button!
    Thanks Again,
    I hope to see you there!

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  19. These sound perfect for the Mexican themed dinner party I'm supposed to bring dessert to!

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  20. Fantastic! I'm going to make these for a party on Sunday. Can't wait. I'll have to double the batch as I know my husband is going to want to "sample" them quite a bit.

    Happy new follower. Hope you have time to follow me back.

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  21. These are so beautiful! Mangoes and Chutney's Fat Camp Friday is now open Friday at midnight (EST) ! I would love if you stopped by and linked up this recipe!
    http://mangoesandchutney.com/2011/08/fat-camp-friday-39-brown-sugar-bacon-jalapenos.html

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  22. Thank you so much for joining Fat Camp Friday! See you next week!

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  23. These caught my attention! Look and sound fabulous! Please share your recipe by linking it up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!

    http://www.talkingdollarsandcents.net/muffin-monday-whole-wheat-butterscotch-muffins

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  24. Wow! Your pictures are great. This recipe sounds D-licious! (I know what you mean about on the rocks vs. frozen).

    Thanks for sharing with Sweets This Week.

    Sarah

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  25. These looks terrific! I wonder how it taste like? Did you get this recipe from the book you provided? It really looks delish and I can't stop thinking of it.

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  26. When I saw these I thought I MUST be dreaming- cupcakes and margaritas are like my two favorite things, but together?!! Oh man!!!

    I had to feature them in my Cinco de Mayo Margarita Round Up!!

    http://www.at-altitude.com/margarita-madness/

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  27. I love love love margarita cupcakes. I made some last year, but your photo is amazing! Thank you for linking up at our Ladies Night Celebration . We hope you come back this week and share your favorite cocktails, appetizers and treats!!!

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  28. Used the frosting recipe it was delicious! It is going in my keeper file.

    http://craftsparklepop.blogspot.com/2013/05/nueve-de-mayo-50th-birthday-celebration.html

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