Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Margarita Cupcakes and Tornadoes

Last week I went to see my Granddaughter on her Spring Break for a few days. She lives about 20 Minutes from St. Louis in Illinois.  They are always about 3 weeks ahead of the Chicago area in terms of Spring blooming everywhere.  I was desperately seeking, warm Spring weather and visions of gorgeous flowers, but didn't imagine I would find tornadoes.
Friday evening the tornado sirens were going off, and we were in the basement.  We were about 30 miles from the tornado, but the winds were howling.  Her area didn't sustain damage like the St. Louis area and the Lambert-St. Louis Airport did, but it was pretty scary.

When I came home I to get ready for my Bunco group on Monday. We still don't have Spring here, so for dessert I  I wanted a dessert that would bring images of sunny beaches and blues waters, and umbrellas.  I would be the one under the umbrella, with my sunscreen on:) I made Margarita cupcakes, complete with tequila. Now these cupcakes are wonderful with a luscious limey flavor with a hint of tequila, not a strong flavor, but enough to know that it's there.  So if you need a touch of sunny beaches, make a batch of Margarita cupcakes.  Don't forget your sunscreen!

I adapted my friend Stef's recipe for Margarita Cupcakes at Cupcake Project. Her recipe was originally vegan, but I added the eggs.  If you want to make the vegan version, just omit the eggs.

Margarita Cupcakes Adapted from Cupcake Project
Yield: 12 cupcakes
  • 1/4 C lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime zest (1 lime)
  • 1 C plain or vanilla soy milk (Regular 2% milk would also work.)
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 2 Tbsp tequila
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time to the above, beating after each addition.  Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the lime mixture and stir until just combined. 
  5. Divide evenly among 12 cupcake liners.
  6. Bake at 350 F  for 20-24 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when lightly pressed.
   Margarita Frosting Adapted from Cupcake Project

2- 2/12 C  powdered sugar
1/4 c butter, room temp
3 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp tequila
Colored, coarse sugar for rims
Umbrellas, optional

Cream butter, until light and fluffy.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar , tequila and lime juice, until desired consistency. Spread frosting on cupcakes.  Roll the edge of the cupcake in sugar mixture.  Top with umbrella and dream of those crystal blue waters!

PS  I am so excited for the Online Bake Sale, May 2nd.  Tune in Sunday, May 1st, for the Online Preview, and pick your favorite goodie to bid on May 2nd.  I can't wait!!


  1. These are adorable. I love anything citrus. Made some lime bars recently but they had coconut in them and ended up being too sweet so I was a bit disappointed. This looks like something more up my alley!

    I'm glad you made it home safely and that the tornado stayed as far away as it was. Weird weather we're having these days.

  2. So glad you are alright. What is up with all of these tornadoes lately?!?! Crazy weather!
    Such a great idea to put everyone in a summer mood. Love how you decorated them! I bet everyone loved it!!

  3. Wow.That must have been terrifying! Never experienced a tornado...yet but luckily you're safe. Love your creativity with the beachy cupcake look. Bet they created a storm. Sorry, sorry. Couldn't resist that one ;-)

  4. Christiane, Brandie, Jill-

    With all of this weird weather, we need some light fun, and sunny thoughts to get us through all of these storms, which seem never ending.

  5. those cupcakes look the way you decorated them with tiny umbrellas.

  6. wonderful cupcakes and so pleased you were safe

  7. Becky-These cupcakes are so adorable, love the little umbrellas on the top. So festive and pretty.
    Great recipe, and yummy. The addition with the tequila gives it a little "kick"...thanks for sharing:DDD

  8. I'm so glad you're safe Becky. My cousin and his wife (they live in Alabama) had their townhouse damaged (all the window broke) from the tornado and a tree fell on their truck. So scary. But they're safe!

    These cupcakes look absolutely perfect! The frosting sounds sooooo good. :)

  9. Rebecca- Thank you for your kind words

    Abeer-thank you for your kind words

    Elisabeth- The cupcakes have just a hint of tequila, nothing overpowering. Thank you for your comments.

    Lindsey- Lot's of craazy weather around, and it just keeps coming! Glad that your cousin is OK.

  10. These are adorable... what a great way to celebrate any party with!

  11. Claudia, Thank you for your comments.

  12. These are so cute, and they look delicious! (I've got to leave your site now, I'm making myself hungry)!

  13. Oh my goodness!! How did I miss these the first time around?? Now this is my type of cupcake. Happy National Margarita day Becky!!!


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