Happy Birthday Cupcake Hero! Lime & Coconut Margarita Cupcakes

Last year, I somehow stumbled upon Laurie’s blog and saw the posting about Cupcake Hero. Of course I had to enter. The first theme was Lime. I made Vegan Margarita cupcakes that didn’t turn out so great. Well they tasted great, but didn’t look so good. They we’re somewhat gummy. I later learned that was from using lowfat soymilk.

Here we are one year later and CH has grown beyond anyone’s expectations! Be sure to check out the new website. I try to enter every month. I even won in July! It totally made my week 🙂

This month, to celebrate the first birthday of CH, the theme is Baker’s Choice. We have to choose two flavors from the past two months and use them both in the cupcake.


There is a place near us that has these amazing coconut & lime margaritas. They’re my absolute favorite. So I wanted to recreate this as a cupcake. AND, I’d have two themes: lime and alcohol. I realize this may not the most creative combination. So I wanted to get creative about how to make the cupcake.

I stumbled upon a recipe for lime meltaways and decided to combine that with the coconut cupcake and put margarita frosting on the top. I spent days contemplating how to make this cookie/cupcake combo… I started with a trial batch to see what worked best. I made 4 cupcakes. One had raw cookie batter on the bottom, one in the middle, one on top, and one with a baked cookie on the bottom (similar to the Oreo cupcakes).


So this is what my test cupcakes looked like when they came out of the oven. I had to taste each one of course to see how well the lime and coconut played together. I was pleasantly surprised that the baked cookie didn’t burn while the cupcake was baking over it. After taste testing my experimental cupcakes, I decided to bake the cookies, then put them under the raw cupcake batter. The cookies that were baked in the cupcakes didn’t bake through and the one on top just looked silly.

For the cookie recipe, see Lime Meltaways post. For the coconut cupcake recipe, check out when I made Pina Colada cupcakes. I went with a really sweet frosting to balance out the tartness of the fresh lime juice in the margarita that I brushed on top. I also needed a non-alcoholic frosting because my 13 year old sister was going to be at the party I was taking them to. I did brush the non-alcoholic ones with a little freshly squeezed lime juice.


Margarita2 parts tequila
2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice
1 part triple sec

Mix. Brush onto cooled cupcakes. Any remaining mixture can be poured over ice for your enjoyment 🙂

Lime Coconut Frosting1 stick of butter
powdered sugar
zest of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 tsp coconut extract
1/4 tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
couple drops of vanilla extract

Cream the butter. Add sugar to reach desired consistency. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Add more sugar if consistency is too runny.

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9 Responses to “Rhubarb Raspberry Jam”

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    Erin — August 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Yum! I think that sounds like a great combo.

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    nutmegnanny — August 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yum! I love rhubarb but not sure I have had it in jam form. I bet this is beyond delicious! Although to be honest my favorite way to enjoy rhubarb is raw with just a little bit of a salt…yum!

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    biz319 — August 10, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Have you ever tried making sugar free jelly or jam before?

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    Jen — August 10, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I have not made sugar free jam. This is only the second jam I’ve ever made!

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    stephchows — August 10, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Beautiful!!! I love that you sent two kinds 🙂 For me it was a total excuse to make all different kinds! I’m sure they will love it!

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    Katie — August 10, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Now THAT is an awesome looking jam!!

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites — August 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love that gorgeous color! I bet it tastes amazing too. Beautiful!

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    Margaret Hammond — September 1, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I make raspberry-rhubarb jam every year, it is my absolute favorite jam!! Looking over your recipe I do not find any pectin in it. Just wondered if this was error, I am always looking for new recipes to try. the cardamon is something I have never used in my jams so I thought I would give it a try. Thanks

    • beantownbaker — September 2nd, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

      Nope, no pectin in this recipe. The raspberries have enough naturally.

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