Monday, March 28, 2011

Margarita Cupcakes

It's back! A Week of Cupcakes! This year, due to my Friday Favs feature, my Week-of weeks will only provide four recipes, one per day Monday-Thursday. But I'm sure you guys won't mind me making room on Friday for the featured bloggers that I've selected.

With Cupcake Camp coming up in just a few short weeks, I wanted to do a week of cupcakes. Partially to help me decide which cupcakes I'll be baking (suggestions welcome!) and partially to help inspire the other ameteur bakers who I'll see that night.

I'm kicking off the week with a margarita cupcake. Who doesn't love a good margarita? Especially in cupcake form. I added the colorful bendy-straws as a decorative touch and I just thought these guys were too cute!

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Margarita Cupcakes - cupcakes adapted from Dorie Greenspan, Baking from My Home to Yours, frosting from Veggies by Season - makes 24
Printable Recipe
2 1/4 cups (9 ounces) cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups whole milk
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar
2 tsp grated lime zest
1 stick (8 Tbsp or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 cup tequila

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.

Put the sugar and lime zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.

Beat in the lime juice, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.

Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2- minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated.

Divide the batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cupcakes are well risen and springy to the touch. Transfer to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes from the pans and cool completely. Once cupcakes have cooled, brush the top of each cupcake with a 1/2 tsp of tequila.

2 sticks of butter, room temperature
2 lbs (8 cups) powdered sugar
1/4 cup tequila
Zest of 2 limes
pinch of salt

Add butter to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat until light.

Add half the tequila, lime zest and salt, mix.

Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well and scraping down sides as necessary.

Continue to add sugar and tequila as necessary.

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Megan said...

These sound great! I am bookmarking them to make for a bachelorette party this summer!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Holy deliciousness! I honestly think I would prefer a margarita cupcake over an actual margarita...haha. I'm a more a gin girl :)

beantownbaker said...

I looked for little umbrellas and couldn't find them. That would have been even cuter!

beantownbaker said...

Oh great idea!

beantownbaker said...

I'm not sure how they'd hold up like you mentioned... Next time I'm definitely going to do a sugar rim on the frosting like Chris suggested.

beantownbaker said...

I'm a gin girl as well, but there's something about a margarita after a long day at work. There's a place here that has a coconut/lime margarita. It's amazing.

Chris at HyeThymeCafe said...

I think I found them - and straws with umbrellas - at a Dollar Tree a few years back. Not sure if that's a regular seasonal item or just something random I happened to catch.

beantownbaker said...

I'll have to keep a watch out for those. They sound really cute. And if I see something, I'll have to grab it and just make these cupcakes again.


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