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Our Key Lime Margarita Cupcakes Recipe Preps Up Fast + Reminisces On a Cocktail Loved By Many

Perfect for a hot summer night or girls' night in, our delicious spiked cupcakes will deliver the fun factor to your next get-together

A delightful twist on traditional cupcakes, our key lime margarita cupcakes are infused with the flavors of sweet zesty key limes and that favorite tequila cocktail you often crave – the classic margarita. Sweetened with from-scratch frosting and spiked with tequila in the tangy batter, the only thing left to do is give this decadent dessert a presentation-worthy garnish with lime fruit slice candies and a sprinkling of light green decorating sugar. 

Whether you’re grilling out in the backyard, hosting a game night or having a cozy night in, these cocktail-inspired cupcakes are just to thing to bake up if you want to add a bit of fun into your baking repertoire. Ready in just one hour, and they only take 20 minutes to prepare, our key lime margarita cupcakes are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. If you’ve given them a try, comment below and let us know. 

Related: Cocktail Cupcakes Are the Perfect Adults-Only Sweet Treat – 7 Fun & Easy Recipes


18 - 18 Servings

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  • 1 (16.5 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups gold tequila
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ¼ cup Key lime juice
  • ¼ cup grated lime zest
  • 1½ cups butter, at room temp.
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Light green decorating sugar
  • Lime fruit slice candies, cut into wedges


Heat oven to 350°F. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners. On low speed, beat cake mix, eggs, ½ cup tequila, ½ cup water, oil, 2 Tbs. lime juice until combined, 30 seconds. On medium speed, beat 2 minutes. Stir in 2 Tbs. lime zest.

Divide among liners. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean. Immediately, using fork, poke 6 sets of holes into top of each cupcake. Brush tops with remaining 1 cup tequila. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on racks.

On low, gradually beat remaining 2 Tbs. lime juice and 2 Tbs. zest into frosting until just blended. On medium-high, beat until fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to pastry bag fitted with medium star tip. Pipe frosting over cupcakes. Sprinkle edge of frosting with green sugar; garnish with candies.


  • Calories: 440
  • Total Fat: 23 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 12 grams
  • Cholesterol: 70 milligrams
  • Sodium: 350 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrates: 48 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 grams
  • Total Sugars: 38 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams


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