I've had a request to make Margarita cupcakes for a (post) Cinco de Mayo party. I've never made them so looked online for a recipe. I found one that used margarita mix and tequila for the wet part of the batter. I made a test run and didn't like them. They came out too dense and chewy and either the margarita mix or tequila gave the cake a strange aftertaste. Also, the buttercream they suggested tasted more like Key Lime Pie than Margarita.
Typically, when I do cakes (or cupcakes) like this, I don't change the flavor of the cake, but let the frosting/filling do the job. So what I'm thinking is that I'll do a vanilla cupcake filled with Margarita filling (I'll have to come up with that recipe, but should be easy ), maybe brush Margarita syrup on top, then frost with tequila buttercream with just a hint of lime.
So all that to ask: Has anyone here ever made Tequila Buttercream? I make a rum buttercream that is amazing, but not sure how tequila will work and don't want to ruin a batch of buttercream to find out.
I think a lime/tequila mix would be good in a SMBC...shot of tequilla, lime zest and lime juice....maybe even a touch of triple sec....would think you would want to use a higher end tequila for a good smooth taste.
If you happened to see Bodacious Bakeries on TLC this past Monday, one of the bakeries made a tequila frosting. Basically he put the tequila in the frosting (none of the alcohol burns off in the frosting BTW) and he wanted just a hint of the taste. In the show they showed he put 1 shot for the whole batch of frosting, but you can do it to your personal taste.
I would make the cupcakes a lime flavor, or at least citrus. My margaritas are made with a combo of lemon, lime and orange juice. But the traditional margarita would have a lime taste.
Also don't forget the salt. You could either sprinkle just a teeny tiny bit on the frosting to give a hint of it. Or you could sprinkle sugar on the frosting to give the crunchiness of the salt without the salty flavor. I believe this is what they did in the BB show.