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  • Writer's pictureErin

Tequila-Lime Cupcakes

A lime margarita baked into a cupcake.


This is the perfect treat for anyone who loves a good ol' lime margarita. With a single lime, a couple oz of tequila and some salt and a few minutes you can create a delicious boozy cupcake - made just for adults.

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook time: 15 min

Yield: 6-7 cupcakes



  • 2 egg whites

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil, or vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • zest of one lime

  • 1 oz lime juice

  • 1 oz tequila

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt + more for finishing


  • 1 cup icing sugar + more to get the perfect consistency* see directions

  • 1/2 oz tequila

  • 1/2 oz water

  • 2 tsp butter



  1. Pre-heat oven to 325F

  2. In a medium bowl, beat together egg whites and granulated sugar until white and frothy. Beat in sunflower oil until mixture is homogeneous.

  3. Add the vanilla extract, lime juice & zest and tequila and beat until combined.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flower, baking powder and salt. Stir together.

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until batter is smooth.

  6. Use a large ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into muffin tin & bake in pre-heated oven for 15-18 min or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Remove from tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.


  1. While cupcakes are baking, mix the icing sugar, tequila and water together in a bowl with a fork. Add in the butter and mix until fully incorporated. Consider how runny your icing is after adding 1 cup of icing sugar and add more icing sugar remembering that you want to pipe a thin amount on top of the cupcake without it dripping off.

  2. Decorate the cupcakes once cool & then sprinkle each with a finishing salt immediately after icing.

Zhuzh it up!

  • These are great without tequila. Just substitute milk (dairy or dairy-free) for the tequila in both the cupcakes and the icing. And I would suggest doubling the amounts so you get a full dozen!

This amazing recipe was adapted from the recipe on


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