(and the cupcake that started it all)
Tuesday, February 22nd is National Margarita day and we here at the Boozy Bakeshop feel it is a matter of civic duty and national pride to help you celebrate with margarita cupcakes. Not that you should need a holiday to enjoy a margarita. Or a cupcake. Sometimes you just bake a birthday cupcake for a colleague who enjoys margaritas one day in January. You might make a comment about it on Facebook. A friend may see it and possibly go out and start a blog one Thursday after work. You might find a love of turning cocktails into pastry.
But I digress.
Salt, no salt, frozen or funny flavored, celebrate this revered holiday with the beverage of the day, or if you’re like me and have to work in the morning, celebrate with a boozy baked good instead.
For the cupcakes:
- 1 box white cake mix
- 3 egg whites
- 2 Tbs vegetable oil
- 1.5 oz triple sec
- 2 oz tequila of your choosing
- 7 oz lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
For the frosting:
- 1 1/2 sticks butter (12 Tbs)
- 4-5 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 Tbs tequila
- 1 Tbs lime juice
- zest of one lime
- lime slices for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers.
In a large bowl, prepare batter according to package directions substituting the 1 1/3 cup water with triple sec, tequila and lime juice. Add lime zest. Mix well. Pour into cupcake tins, filling about 2/3rs of the way, and place in oven. Bake for 19-22 minutes until cupcakes spring back when touched.
Meanwhile, prepare frosting. Using an electric hand mixer, cream butter and 1 cup confectioners sugar in a high sided bowl until fluffy. Add tequila, lime juice and lime zest. Mix in remaining sugar, adding more if necessary to reach desired consistency, if piping, it should be a little stiffer.
Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting. If garnishing, cut lime into very thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick. cut each slice into quarters. Pat dry with paper towels and place on frosting.
Eat. Can be refrigerated up to 3 days.