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5 from 2 votes

Margarita Cupcake Recipe

Margarita cupcakes, like margaritas themselves, go down smooth, leaving you with just a small tickle in your mouth from the salted rim.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: margarita cupcake recipe, margarita cupcakes, margarita frosting
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Calories: 209kcal
Author: Stef


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest 1 lime
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla soy milk Regular 2% milk would also work.
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or soymilk
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • approximately 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • coarse colored sugar and salt for “rims”
  • Umbrella toppers optional


Cupcake Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the lime mixture and stir until just combined.
  • Divide evenly among 12 cupcake liners.
  • Bake at 350 F for 20-24 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed.

Frosting Instructions

  • Cream together butter/nonhydrogenated shortening (depending on whether you want the frosting vegan or not), heavy whipping cream or soymilk, lime juice, tequila, and confectioners’ sugar.
  • Add in more sugar as needed to make the frosting smooth and spreadable.
  • Spread the frosting on the cupcakes.
  • Combine colored sugar and salt in a small bowl.
  • Roll the edge of each cupcake in the sugar/salt mixture.
  • Top with umbrellas.


Depending on how much frosting you like, you might consider cutting the frosting recipe in half. I ended up with a lot more frosting than I needed.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 70mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.7mg