Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream

Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream

If you LOVE lime, you are going to love these Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream.  The sweet and tartness of these compliment each other so well.  I am usually not a fan of citrus with extra sweet things, but I think the lime buttercream won me over this time.  I know they aren’t lime green, but I prefer to see the lovely green specks of the lime zest rather than artificial glowing green frosting.

Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Buttercream are great for a Cinco de Mayo event!  I did make these kid-friendly, but you can add a tablespoon of tequila to the buttercream and a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top if you want to make them for a more mature audience.  If you need a variety of flavors, I think these would go great with Sherry’s Mojito Cupcakes.


Margarita Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes
  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 c thawed frozen margarita mix
  • juice of 1 medium lime
  • zest of 1 medium lime
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 T vegetable oil
  • For the Buttercream
  • 1 c of softened butter
  • 6 c confectioners sugar
  • 2t vanilla
  • Juice of 2 small limes
  • Zest of 2 small limes.
  • Candied fruits for topping.


    For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 ℉.
  2. Line a standard cupcake pan with cupcake papers.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  4. Place about 1/3 a c of cupcake batter into each cupcake paper.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. For the Buttercream
  8. Cream the butter until light and fluffy.
  9. Add the sugar a little at a time until butter and sugar are combined.
  10. Add the vanilla and then lime juice, continue to mix.
  11. Add the lime zest at the last minute of mixing.
  12. Pipe on cupcakes and then place candied fruit on top.

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  1. Such a pretty little cupcake!! Yummy!

  2. That looks awesome! I bet they taste wonderful! Pinning!

  3. Looks like the perfect summer cupcake to me!

  4. Oh my goodness, these sound fantastic and so delicious! Great party cupcake.

    Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning.

  5. Just to make sure I’m reading the recipe correctly, the “c” indicates 1 cup of frozen margarita mix? Thanks!


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