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strawberry margarita cupcake

It’s finally time for the cupcake recipes from Megan’s “Cocktails & Cupcakes” bridal shower!


Actually, time for the cupcake recipe. Only one cupcake is new to this blog. Links to the remaining cupcakes from the shower area at the end of this post.

lime zest

I found the recipe for these Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes through Pinterest and I had some trouble with it. The problem was with the frosting. It’s similar to the frosting for Toffee Crunch Mini Cupcakes (which works perfectly) but this one still gave me fits.

The frosting was a nice consistency until it was time to add in the strawberry purée and the other liquids, then it became a runny mess, and the only way I could fix it was to add cups (so very many cups) of powdered sugar. The result was an overly sweet – basically pure sugar – frosting. I’ve corrected the recipe, but please still take extra care when adding the strawberry purée, add a little at a time and keep an eye on the consistency. If you do this, you should not have to add any powdered sugar!

fill tins

Also, when looking at the photos, please keep in mind that I made a double the batch so that I could make regular and mini cupcakes. So when you see 4 eggs instead of the 2 called for – don’t be concerned.


Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes


  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Zest and juice of 2 large limes
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons tequila, divided


  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1½ tablespoons tequila
  • Strawberry slices and small lime wedges, for garnishing


Heat the oven to 325 degrees and line cupcake tins with 12 liners. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

butter and sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed for 3 to 4, or…

light fluffy

… until light and fluffy.

add eggs

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

lime etc

Combine the buttermilk, lime zest and juice, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of tequila in a 1-cup glass measuring cup.

dry wet

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry and wet ingredients in 2-3 batches, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated.

fill tins

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared tins. Bake for 18-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs and the top springs back when touched lightly. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons tequila and cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Puree the strawberries in a food processor and set them aside. Combine the egg whites, sugar, and salt in a metal bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until the sugar has dissolved. Bring mixture to 150 degrees (on an instant-read thermometer) while whisking constantly. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; you shouldn’t feel any grittiness.

Transfer mixture to a standing mixer bowl, fitted with a whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until mixture cools and doubles in volume, and is light, fluffy and glossy.

add butter

Turn the mixer to medium-low and add the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing well between each addition. Once all the butter has been incorporated, increase to medium speed and beat until fluffy.

add strawberry

Mix the lime juice and tequila into the strawberry purée and gradually add to the mixer. You may not add all the purée mixture. Be sure the frosting stays nice and thick so it pipes nicely atop the cupcakes.

strawberry margarita cupcakes

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and frost the cupcakes as desired. Garnish with lime wedges and/or strawberry slices, if desired.

Makes 12

Here are the links to the other cupcakes from the shower:


Toffee Crunch Mini Cupcakes

maple baconn

Maple-Bacon Mini-Cupcakes


Mini-Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream Frosting


Stout and Irish Whiskey Cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream Frosting

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1 Marissa { 02.12.15 at 10:23 AM }

This is so cute! Love it!

2 Sydney { 02.12.15 at 11:04 AM }

Where did the chic looking geometric wrappers come from?

3 Linda Hopkins { 02.12.15 at 12:22 PM }

Sydney, They came from Home Goods… but you know how that place is… they may be gone.

4 Linda Hopkins { 02.12.15 at 2:58 PM }

Sydney, I just looked around and found some at a couple of sites… search here with the keyword “cups”


Here is one of the results I found from that site…


5 Kim { 02.12.15 at 7:35 PM }


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