May 6, 2011
They were originally for a Weekly Dinner with Jim & Sweetie, but due to conflicting schedules it had to be cancelled. I had already talked about them at work, and people wanted cupcakes. So I made them anyways.
Margarita Cupcakes, found over on Homemade by Holman. They are pretty simple: essentially buy a box of white cake mix and instead of adding water dump in a margarita. Also, they are technically alcoholic, as in there is a whopping 2oz of tequila in 24 cupcakes. Plus baking them the alcohol bakes out, much like cooking with wine. So while I don't suggest taking them to your nephew's 5th Birthday Party, no one's getting drunk off these things.
This was also the first time I ever made icing from scratch, and while it was the hardest part of this recipe it was in no way difficult. I have a strong suggestion though with the icing: taste as you go. I am about 99% sure I put in a whole cup less of sugar than it called for (although I could have miscounted), and it was plenty sweet. I suggest adding in a little at a time past 2 cups. Same with the lime juice - past 2 tbs, taste as you add. My icing was a little closer to key lime pie. But now I know for next time!
I also tried the "ziploc bag" method for the first time for both the cupcakes and the icing, snipping off a corner so distribution is easier, and it totally works!
They were a hit at work, a hit at home, and I still have a few left over I may deliver to a few people today or tomorrow. I also have a Cinco de Mayo-themed bonfire Saturday night that I might make them again for, only this time with store-bought icing because I'm not going to have as much time to prepare them. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and a Happy Mothers Day to all you moms out there! Do you have any exciting plans?