Margarita Cupackes

Margarita Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Cupcakes:
1 box white cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
7 1/2 ounces margarita mix
2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce orange juice
3 large egg whites
2 T vegetable oil
Zest of 1 lime

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with baking spray. Mix together margarita mix, tequila and orange juice in a large measuring cup. Add cake mix to mixing bowl and add egge whites, oil, lime zest and tequila mix. Beat on low speed for about 30 seconds until dry ingredients are incorporated and then beat on medium high speed for 2 minutes. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center cupcake comes out clean. Cool about 5 minutes in the pan and then cool completely on wire racks.

Icing:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2-3 T lime juice
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp lime zest
3-4 drops green food coloring

Beat cream cheese and butter on medium high speed until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 2 T lime juice and lime zest and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating on low speed until incorporated. Add more lime juice if necessary. Add food coloring a couple drops at a time and beat on medium high speed until desired color is reached and icing is smooth. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes as desired.

Lime wedges, straws, and sprinkles all make festive garnishes. Refrigerate cupcakes in an airtight container if not serving immediately and bring to room temperature a couple hours prior to serving.

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It is my treat day at work this week and I thought it would have been really fun to bring in margarita cupackes.  I made them last night and taste tested one cupcake.  You couldn’t taste the the tequilla in these at all, just the lime mixture from the margarita mix. We didn’t care for them much. I’m glad I taste tested them before letting everybody else try them at work. After work today, I’m going to the store and getting some donuts.

I’m beginning to think that drink flavors don’t go well with cupcakes. At least not margarita anyway….. I’m going to stop on my cupcake quest for awhile now, unless I come across another flavor that I think would be interesting in a cupcake.

Next Friday, we are going to Nicole’s Fine Pastry for a cake sampling and to meet up with the people who are designing our wedding invitations. We picked the flavors:  zebra striped (I’m guessing this is chocolate and vanilla) , Neapolitan, chocolate, vanilla with a lemon curd filling, and carrot cake. I’m so excited for this. I think cake is the best part about wedding! ;)

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