strawberry margarita cupcakes

By far, one of my favorite cocktails to enjoy on a hot summer day is an icy cold margarita, with plenty of salt or sugar on the rim, depending on the flavor. And that's why I can't stop drooling over this strawberry margarita cupcakes recipe featured on Betty Crocker, courtesy of Angie from Eclectic Recipes.

OMG. What a brilliant idea to turn everyone's favorite booze delight into a yummy little dessert that won't leave you with a hangover the next day? (Although you may be up a pound or two on the scale, but who cares?)

I can't wait to make these babies for the big summer block party in my neighborhood. They'll be the hit of the night for sure. And all the other cupcake bringers will be totally jealous. (Winning.)

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Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix

1 cup bottled strawberry margarita or daiquiri mix

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup tequila

3 egg whites or whole eggs

Frosting:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar (4 cups)

2 to 3 tablespoons bottled strawberry margarita or daiquiri mix

12 slices lime, each cut in half

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place foil or paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

In large bowl, beat all cupcake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter among muffin cups.

Bake 18 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove cupcakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.

In large bowl, beat shortening and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of the margarita mix; beat until blended. Add enough of the remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons margarita mix, 1 teaspoon at a time, beating until frosting is light and fluffy.

Spoon frosting into decorating bag fitted with #1M star tip; pipe frosting in circular pattern on tops of cupcakes. Garnish with lime slices.

 

Image via Eclectic Recipes