Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo!!!


Margarita Cupcakes hardly need an intro! :)
makes about 52 minis - seriously - bite size drops of heaven that are work-safe margarita goodness!

9 ounces liquid Margarita mix (a little over a cup)
3 ounces tequila (a little less than 1/3 cup)
¾ ounce Grand Marnier (instead i used a little more tequila and marg mix - too lazy to buy this! woopsies)
1 box white cake mix
3 large egg whites
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs lime zest

zest of 3 limes
juice of 3 limes
abt 1 cup of butter
pinch of sea salt
tbsp of tequila!!! (if you use more tequila, use more sugar)
4-6 cups of powdered sugar depending on what consistency you want! (Honestly, my frosting is not at a thick enough consistency for my liking, but i got lazy and left it as is)
a few drops of green food coloring - optional

Prepare cupcakes: Whisk together margarita mix, tequila and Grand Marnier in a small bowl. Measure out 1¼ cups for the recipe; pour the rest on some ice and drink it while making the cupcakes.

In a large bowl, blend cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, lime zest and 1¼ cups of the margarita mix from step 1. Blend on low for about 30 seconds and then increase speed to medium and blend for two additional minutes. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

Spoon the batter into mini cupcake liners (about ¾ full). Bake for 15 min, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool for about 10 minutes in the pans, then remove them to a rack to cool completely. (if using regular size cupcakes - bake for 20-25 mins!)

Prepare Icing: whip butter til smooth consistency. add all ingredients besides sugar and combine well. gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency!

ENJOY!!! Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!!!!!!!!!!

thank my office for the great lighting on the pictures...argh.

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