Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I don't really have any fun stories to tell you today, and it's well after midnight, but I wanted to make sure and wish you all a very happy Cinco de Mayo! In honor of the occasion, and for a potluck at work, I made three dozen Margarita cupcakes. I looked around and found a bunch of recipes, but...ahem...they didn't use enough tequila to really make the cupcake taste "festive". The closest recipe I found was for Mint Julep cupcakes (which sound awesome as well, especially for the derby folks) and this time there was a full cup of booze involved. Now that's more like it! I made a margarita and lime spiked cream cheese frosting to match, topped them with sugar coated lime slices and called it a night. I won't know till tomorrow how they came out, but they sure smelled sweet and boozy, which will make work pretty interesting come tomorrow.

Margarita Cupcake

Margarita Cupcakes
adapted from Hostess Blog
Makes about 30

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lime oil
4 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 cup 1800 Margarita Mix

- Preheat the oven to 350ยบ F, and grease or line 30 cupcake cups.
- Combine salt, baking powder, and flour in a bowl.
- Combine the milk and margarita mix in a container with a spout (the mixture will curdle, but that's okay).
- Cream butter and sugar in the mixer and then add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add lime oil and mix to incorporate.
- Gradually beat in the flour mixture and the liquid mixture, alternating them, making sure to start and end with the flour mix. Beat as little as possible, just until the batter comes together.
- Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake cups.
- Bake about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool.

2 packages cream cheese
1 stick butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons 1800 Margarita Mix
1/2 tsp lime oil

Whip everything together, adding a drop of green and yellow food coloring for affect. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes and top with slices of sugar coated lime slices or if you prefer, rim with coarse salt. Make a toast and enjoy :D


tofugirl said...

Love the touch of the lime slices! They sound delicious--and yes, I bet work will be interesting after a couple of these :D

Joy said...

If I had some, I would might have gotten a little buzz :D

just be awesome instead said...

I'm curious, do you think these would work without the margarita mix, or would the consistency be off?

Anna said...

Since it's a full cup of liquid (and the main flavoring of the cupcake), I'd say you can't just leave it out, but if you want to make a non-alcoholic version, I'd say try to replace it with 3/4 cup apple juice and 2 Tbsp lime juice. That way you still get the moisture and some of the flavor.

Anonymous said...

do you think maybe i can just buy a cake mix and then mix it with the margarita mix

Anna said...

You probably could swap out the water in a box cake recipe with the margarita mix or maybe do a half and half split. I think it should work. Give it a try and let me know :D