Cupcakes made with lime frosting and Tequila for a spring get-together.

Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila-Lime Frosting

Margarita cupcakes are finished with a tequila lime buttercream frosting for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo or summer dessert. Have your drink and dessert in one delicious bite!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 cupcakes
Calories 407 kcal
Author London


Margarita Cupcakes:

  • ½ c butter softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ c gluten-free 1-to-1 flour*
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ c buttermilk
  • 1 ½ Tbsp lime zest finely chopped **
  • ¼ c Margarita mix***
  • 2 Tbsp tequila silver or reposado

Tequila-Lime Frosting:

  • 4 Tbsp butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice fresh
  • 2 Tbsp tequila silver or reposado ±
  • 4 c powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk or heavy whipping cream


For the Margarita Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners. Spray each with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Mix for 1 minute on medium.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and mix on medium for another 2 minutes, or until mixture becomes fluffy.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, powder, soda and salt. Toss to combine.
  5. Alternatively add dry ingredients and buttermilk into the butter/sugar mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  6. Lastly, mix in Margarita mix and lime zest until well combined.
  7. Fill each cupcake muffin liner to ¾ full and bake cupcakes for 20-23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Immediately upon removing the cupcakes from the oven, brush each one with tequila.
  9. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the Tequila-Lime Frosting:

  1. Place butter, tequila, lime juice and 2 c. powdered sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Cream until incorporated.

  2. Add next cup of powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cream until incorporated.
  3. Add the last cup of powdered sugar and 1-2 tablespoons milk, (depending on your desired consistency) and cream until smooth.
  4. Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with tequila-lime frosting and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I used Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free flour blend.

**About three limes worth of zest.

***I used Tres Agaves margarita mix.

±If you do not want to use alcohol, leave out the tequila on the cupcakes and substitute the tequila in the frosting for additional milk or heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition Facts
Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila-Lime Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 254mg11%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 57g63%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.