Monday, July 16, 2012

Not Your Mama's Margarita Cupcakes

Stop the Presses....

You're taste buds will NEVER be the same after this post.....

Last week, I had the immense pleasure in partaking in bunco group's annual Drunko game.  This usually is played around a gorgeous pool...on a warm summer evening.  Tiki torches are burning, the harmonious sounds of Jimmy Buffet playing in the background....

some hunky husbands/bartenders, to cater to our every whim....

and since I'm obsessed with Themes.....I had to bring a little sumthin sumthin...that screamed "drunko"

so why not combine my love of Cupcakes.....with one of the best summer drinks in THE universe....

FANTASTICO!!!

Before I could say "guardar uno para el chef"

translation: "save one for the chef"

my bunco playing friends had snagged them all....only leaving me with a few crumbs...a lime wedge...and plenty of "oh my god"...and "those ROCKED"

The only other downside, besides not being able to partake in the overload of yumminess....

was trying to explain to my 4 year old, why he couldn't lick the batter.....

I could just imagine explaining to my husband, why our son was completely ripped....singing a bad rendition of the elmo song, and calling him stud....



Margarita Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes
1 box white Cake Mix
8 oz. liquid Margarita Mix
2 oz. tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
3 egg whites
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 Tbs. grated lime zest

Lime Buttercream Frosting:
8 Tbs. softened butter
8 oz softened cream cheese
Juice from 2 Limes
1 Tbs Margarita Mix
1 tsp lime zest
5 Cups confectioners sugar
cane sugar
Fresh limes


DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350º and prepare muffin pans.
2. Combine margarita mix, tequila, and Grand Marnier in a large measuring cup and stir well.
3. In large bowl, combine cake mix, egg whites, lime zest, vegetable oil, and margarita mix from step one.  beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for approximately 2-3 minutes.
4. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin pans. Fill each cup about 2/3 full.
5. Bake at  350º for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. (Make sure you check the baking temperature/time on the back of the cake box, some times/temps may vary)
TRICK:   Place your pan of cupcakes in the freezer as soon as you remove them from the oven.  Leave in the freezer 20-25 minutes.  This will stop the cooking process immediately, and will create a super moist cake.  
Icing:
6. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, lime juice, margarita mix, and lime zest. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

7. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, and continue beating until smooth. If icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar, a couple tablespoons at a time.
8. Spread icing generously on each cooled cupcake or use a pastry bag to frost. Let the cupcakes sit for 5 minutes then roll edges of each cupcake in the cane sugar to give it a salt rim...and garnish with your lime wedge.

2 comments:

Kerri said...

OH. MY. GOSH. I am SO trying these. Me gusta mucho Margaritas!!
Stopping in from SITS.

WhisperingWriter said...

Ooo I need to try these. Thanks for sharing!