Terrifying Tequila Cupcakes


Tequila Lime Cupcakes with Margarita Buttercream Frosting

These terrifying tequila cupcakes are scary... They’re so tasty you might eat a few too many! The extra bit of tequila after they’re baked makes them moist and flavorful and the margarita buttercream is light and fluffy. The nice part about these is they are fairly easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. And...if you eat a few too many, just remember the tequila made me do it!

Cupcake ingredients:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup butter at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

Zest and juice of 1½ limes (equal to 2 Tbsp. of juice)

3 tablespoons of gold tequila

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup whole milk

Frosting ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 ¾ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 ½ tablespoons tequila

Pinch of coarse salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions for cupcakes:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line muffin tin with cupcake papers.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In another bowl use an electric mixer on high-speed, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. About five minutes.

4. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at a time. Mix thoroughly after each egg.

5. Scrape the size of the bowl and add lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract, and tequila ask until combined.

6. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Slowly adding dry ingredients and milk separately. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk until everything is combined.

7. Bake for about 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Cupcakes are finished when slightly golden. Insert a toothpick; if it comes out clean they are done.

8. Let the cupcakes to cool for 8-10 minutes.

9. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila.

10. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

Directions for frosting:

1. Whip butter on medium high speed with an electric mixer for five minutes. Use the whisk attachment. Reduce the speed to medium low, and gradually add the powdered sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl until all is mixed.

2. Continue to mix on medium speed for an additional 30 seconds.

3. Add the lime juice, tequila, and salt. Mix on medium high speed until fluffy. If the frosting gets a little too soft, add some additional sugar 1 teaspoon at a time until perfect.

4. Use a decorator bag to frost the cupcakes. You can use colored sugar on top to add a festive touch or zest a lime and serve with a lime wedge for color… we went for a Halloween theme.

Happy Halloween!

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