Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Margarita Cupcake

By: Christy

Uno, dos tres, quarto, CINCO DE MAYO!!!

T-minus only a few days until the Mexican holiday graces us with its presence. A little fact for everyone....Did you know most people believe that Cinco De Mayo is Mexico's independence day but it is actually a celebration among Mexico and North America marking the Mexican defeat of the French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1823. It's always fun to throw in a little trivia with your baking. :)

But just like many other Americans, Cinco De Mayo gives me a great excuse for a little cheese dip, chips, Mexican food and an ultra delicious margarita or daiquiri. Since I love to indulge in these Mexican inspired adult beverages I figured why not bring its goodness to the form of one of my favorite desserts: cupcakes!

Say hello to the Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita Cupcake.Both were delicious but the Margarita cupcake was the winner. This cupcake is super moist. It has the freshness and tanginess of a margarita but the icing balances it with the perfect amount of sweetness. Even though there was no tequila in the cupcake, the margarita mix and the zest of the lime really captured the essence of a margarita. It was so good, it was practically like having a fiesta right there in your mouth when you took a bite. LOL

PS: How lucky are we that the 5th of May falls on a Saturday this year? I think that calls for a round of Margarita cupcakes for everyone! :)

Strawberry Daiquiri and Margarita Cupcake

1 box white cake mix
1 (10 ounce) can frozen, undiluted margarita mix
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon grated lime zest

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese softened
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
4-5 cups powdered sugar

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, margarita mix, egg whites and vegetable oil using a mixer. Stir in the lime zest and mix completely. Fill cupcake liners 3/4th full and bake according to the box directions.

Cool cupcake completely before icing. To make the icing, cream the butter, cream cheese, juice and zest with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add sugar, one cup at a time, and continue to beat until the icing is light and fluffy again. If icing is too think add additional powdered sugar.

For a whole list of cocktail cupcakes and the recipe I adapted this Margarita cupcake from -visit this link!

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