Easy Tequila Lime Cupcakes with Margarita Frosting square | 2 Cookin Mamas


Calling all adults that love their margaritas! Treat yourself to these tart & sweet Tequila Lime Cupcakes topped with a rich & creamy margarita frosting. It's like taking a bite out of your favorite margarita! 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Linda Warren



  • 1 boxed vanilla cake mix + ingredients listed on box
  • 1 lime, juiced & zested (approximately 2 Tablespoons lime juice + 2 teaspoons zest)
  • 2 Tablespoons tequila + additional 1-2 Tablespoons to coat top (topping is optional)
  • Garnish: Coarse green colored sugar or lime zest colored straws, lime wedges, coarse salt


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons tequila
  • 3 Tablespoons Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Pinch coarse salt



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin(s) with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Mix cake mix according to directions, reducing liquid by 2 Tablespoons.
  3. Stir in lime juice, zest and tequila.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 12-17 minutes. Cupcakes are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (May need to be adjusted according to cake mix you use. Check box for cupcake baking times.)

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes on wire rack.
  7. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.


  1. Place softened butter in bowl of electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  2. Lower speed and add sugar, whipping until well combined.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and beat until well mixed.
  4. If frosting is too runny, add a little more confectioner's sugar until desired consistency is reached.

  5. Frost cooled cupcakes and garnish with a sprinkle of colored sugar or lime zest, a lime wedge and a pretty colored straw which has been cut in thirds. An additional sprinkle of coarse salt can also be added.