May 6, 2012

Margarita Cupcakes

Every May the city I live in has a big trash pickup on the 1st Saturday of the month.  This is a big deal in my neighborhood because we have a "trash party" the night before.  What is a "trash party" you might ask?  Well, it is when we all gather together, eat lots of yummy food, let the kids play, and watch as people in big trucks with trailers parade through our neighborhood looking for treasures.  Then as the daylight goes away we have trash races down the street.  You can add wheels to any piece of trash (chairs, mattresses, furniture, toys, etc.) to compete.  This year the kids got into it.  My favorite...a treadmill on wheels.  To add some fun to the mix we have a theme.  This year...Mexican food.  So, I baked up some of these margarita cupcakes for a refreshing end to a great meal.  Already looking forward to next year!!

(printable recipe) 

18 Cupcakes:
1 box white cake mix
3/4 c. nonalcoholic margarita mix
1/3 c.vegetable oil
1/4 c. water
2 tsp. grated lime peel
4 egg whites
sugar sprinkles
lime candies

Lime Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
4-5 cups powder sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 to 2 Tbsp. milk 

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly among cups (three-fourths full). Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.   

In a mixer, blend butter, lime zest, vanilla, lime juice, and salt until fully combined. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time.  Add the milk until you reach your desired consistency.  Frost each cupcake and decorate as you like.

** The wrappers that I baked in are nut cups from a local baking supply store called "Sweet".  Love to use them because I can bake many at once sitting on a cookie sheet, don't need a cupcake pan.  Check them out at

Source:  cupcakes "mooched" from, frosting "mooched" from


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    1. Thanks for your comment. They were a huge hit, even my kids liked them!!

  2. Just came from Whatever Goes....these look awesome and really caught my eye. Happy Wednesday!

    1. Thanks for the comment. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!

  3. MMM... these look awesome! I found your link on Delightful Order's Link Party. Can't wait to make them. I would love for you to post this on my link party at...
    Thanks for sharing the great recipe!

    1. Thanks for the invite. I have posted the recipe on your link party. I look forward to many more!!

    2. Thanks for linking up and re-linking up :) LOL

  4. Thanks so much for linking up your recipe. I'm definitely new at the link party (this is my first one) and I didn't have it set up to have photos... so when I went in and changed it in link tools, it erased your link. I'm so sorry. Do you mind to repost? Again... I'm so sorry for the inconvenience!!! Here's the link...
    Thanks for the posting my button on your post too :)

    1. No problem. It is posted. Thanks again!!

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