Lime Margarita Cupcakes

Lime margaritas happen to be my favourite summer drink. Tequila, lime and salt together seem to be the perfect balance of sweet and tart, salty and sour. I thought I would try to make this delish summer cocktail into a cupcake – equally delish results! Try these lime cupcakes with tequila icing next time you have a margarita craving outside of happy hour.

Lime Cupcakes:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature

2/3 cup granulated white sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Zest of 3 limes (outer green skin)

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line or grease 12 muffin cups.

With a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and lime zest.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the bowl as needed.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18 – 20 minutes or until set and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

Tequila Buttercream Frosting:

2 cups confectioners sugar (icing or powdered sugar), sifted

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 tablespoons tequila

2 tablespoons milk or light cream

Beat the butter with a hand mixer until fluffy.

Add tequila. Add in icing sugar slowly while continuing to beat.

Once incorporated, add milk or cream until frosting it is light and fluffy.

Taste… Add more tequila if desired!

Candied Lime:

1 lime

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

Thinly slice the lime. Thinner is better but make sure that they don’t fall apart.

Place the lime slices into boiling water to blanche for 1 minute. Immediately move limes to ice water for 1 minute. Drain.

Over low heat, dissolve the sugar in the water. Do not stir the mix, but shake the pan a little if the sugar is not dissolving evenly.

Once the sugar has been dissolved, put the limes in the pan. Simmer for 1 hour.

Remove from the pan with tongs/a fork and place on a cooling rack to dry overnight.

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