“So, I will say from the beginning that this cupcake recipe is divine and the PERFECT bake for any party… but in my opinion, you can’t beat serving them in the summer time. A classic margarita often includes tequila, orange and lime – what forms the lime and orange come in can vary – but for these cupcakes I focused on the tequila and lime only. I wanted a deliciously strong flavour of tequila to soak into the cupcake and be a part of the frosting. However, I also wanted the sweet but slightly sour taste from the lime to come through to keep things fresh. If you do want to add some orange flavour, try adding 1⁄2 teaspoon of orange extract to both the cupcake mixture and the buttercream – it is yummy!”
- 125 g unsalted butter or baking spread at room temperature
- 200 g caster sugar
- 200 g self-raising flour
- .5 tsp salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 125 ml full-fat milk
- 3 Medium Limes Just the zest
- 180 ml tequila
- 200 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 400 g icing sugar
- 50 ml tequila
- 1 Medium Lime Zest only
- Lime slices
- Lime zest
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan and get 12 cupcake cases ready.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour, salt, eggs and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
- Finally, add the milk and lime zest and beat again.
- Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20–22 minutes.
- While still warm, pour 1 tablespoon of tequila over each cupcake. Leave to cool fully on a wire rack.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter for a few minutes to loosen it.
- Gradually beat in the icing sugar until well combined. Pour in the tequila slowly while continuously mixing, add the lime zest and beat the buttercream for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
- Transfer the buttercream to a piping bag with the piping nozzle of your choice filled. Pipe the buttercream over the cupcakes however you like.
- Top each cupcake with a slice of lime, a sprinkling of lime zest and a mini umbrella.