Just Plain Fun

Why is everyone so crazy for cupcakes?  It’s simple—cupcakes are fun!  Do you need an occasion to make cupcakes?  Not me!  This particular time, though, I made cupcakes for a trivia night our school held to raise funds for Relay for Life.  I’m always in search of new and innovative cupcake designs.  These Margarita Cupcakes found me one day when I was looking through a cupcake cookbook in our school library.  Just so my readers will know….I substituted the lime juice for the tequila.  I was being a good school librarian. 

Margarita Cupcakes
Makes 22 cupcakes
1 package (about 18 ounces) white cake mix
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons margarita mix, divided
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon grated lime peel (about 3 limes), divided
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons tequila or lime juice
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon sparkling or granulated sugar
1 tablespoon salt (optional)
Green and yellow food coloring
Lime peel strips (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 22 standard (2 1/2-inch) muffin cups with paper baking cups.

2.  Combine cake mix, 3/4 cup margarita mix, eggs, oil, water, 1 teaspoon lime peel and lime juice in large bowl.  Whisk 2 minutes or until well blended.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling two-thirds full.
3.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.  Cool cupcakes in pans 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

4.  Combine tequila (or lime juice), remaining 2 tablespoons margarita mix and 2 teaspoons lime peel in medium bowl.  Gradually whisk in powdered sugar until desired glaze consistency is reached.  Combine sparkling sugar and salt, if desired, in small bowl.  Add food coloring, a few drops at a time, until desired shade of green is reached. 

 5.  Spread glaze over cupcakes, dip edges in sugar-salt mixture.  Garnish with lime peel strips. 

               “Margarita Cupcakes.” Recipe. Fun Stuff Cupcakes. Lincolnwood: Publications International, Ltd., 2010. 74-75.


  1. Thank you for sharing, these are so yummy! I HAD to have them at the trivia night!

    Tasha Hannam