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Margarita Cupcakes


Posted by td6262

These are moist and delicious lemony/limey cupcakes with tequila and triple sec. Everyone always asks for this recipe.


  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 (4 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup frozen margarita mix (thawed)
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup gold tequila
  • 2 tbs triple sec
  • 2 tbs lime zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees   Combine cake mix, pudding mix, vegetable oil, Margarita mix, water, eggs, tequila and triple sec in a large mixing bowl.   Beat for 2 minutes at medium speed with an electric mixer.   Divide among cupcake pans   Bake for 15-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.    


Comments (41)

Suggestions for the frosting??? These sound amazing!
I am thinking vanilla frosting with a lime twist on top. Any other ideas?
how much water do you add?
These sound great! I too would like to know how much water to add.
does this recipe call for frosting?
I'm pretty sure the margarita mix and tequila are in place of the water. Any more liquid and it would probably be extremely runny.
Whenever I make Margarita Cupcakes..I make a vanilla buttercream icing with lime juice and zest to taste.
what is triple sec?
Hmmm...wonder what Triple Sec or Tia Maria would do in a vanilla buttercream...(or even Gran Marnier) for these luscious-sounding cuppies?
Cancel the Tia Maria (duh, it's coffee-flavored).
audreykonte: triple sec is a strong orange flavored liqeur.
okay, so here's a silly question: does the alcohol bake off so that kids can eat these?
And when does the lime zest go in or is that for adding to the frosting?
I bet these would be good with a lime glaze instead of frosting too.
I rather use this recipe for cake then cupcakes. I can't wait to give it a try.
Okay, I made these today. Followed the recipe exactly... I frosted with a white canned frosting, with just a touch of Triple Sec stirred in, and dusted with lime zest off a kitchen rasp. My thoughts: they were good and would definitely make them again. But - seemed to be just a jazzed-up lemon cupcake. No real margarita taste about them. Maybe I missed something (tho not a part of the recipe), but I couldn't taste the tequila nor the triple sec at all, and could barely get the essence of the margarita mix. I was ready for the likes of a good margarita, sans the salt... When I make them next, I might consider leaving out the pudding as to not put forth such a dominant lemon flavor. Maybe then the other flavors will rise to the occasion.
I've had this before with a vanilla cake mix as opposed to the lemon, but still using the lemon pudding mix. It wasn't as lemony, and did taste like a margarita. I prefer the flavored margaritas though, and think that you can use almost any fruit flavor cake mix (strawberry) in place of the lemon, and maybe vanilla pudding as opposed to the lemon. The alcohol will cook out, so if you want a stronger tequila flavor, leave out the triple sec and place with tequila, or use a stronger tequila.
Maybe some lime juice to the vanilla frosting? Can't wait to make these, we just decided to have a memorial day bbq and wanted to make something fun like this!
I make a key lime cupcake/cake with key lime frosting. For flavoring the frosting I just use key lime juice in place of some of the liquid in the recipe so maybe some tequila or margarita in place of some of the liquid in the frosting.
i would love to try this recipe. maybe instead of the triple sec (texas margaritas aint made with no triple sec...lmao) go with some chambord and frost with a raspberry- vanilla bc.....oh yeah...know what i will be making for memorial day!
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