Margarita cupcakes: the best way to celebrate the end of classes

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This year, Cinco de Mayo coincides perfectly with the end of classes and the beginning of dead week. We support celebrating holidays with food and believe that cupcakes are awesome. So we present to you cupcakes with a twist: margarita cupcakes. Enjoy these while you are still having fun before dead week or — if you’re one of those students who actually studies this weekend — let these fuel your academic productivity.

For the cupcakes, you can use cheap tequila you can barely stand, because baking will take out some of the taste. For the frosting though, class it up a bit because that taste will linger.

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What you will need: 

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 cup Sugar

4 Limes

4 tablespoons Tequila

2 3/4 cups Powdered Sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Butter Milk

1 tablespoons Margarita Mix

2 Eggs

1 1/2 cups Butter

To bake these cupcakes, you will need a handheld mixer, 2 mixing bowls, a plastic bag, a cupcake pan and cupcake liners.

What you will do (Prep time is 30 minutes and Baking Time is 25 minutes.) 

Cupcakes

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Line your cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.

3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in large mixing bowl.

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4.  Using your medium bowl and the mixer, combine 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup granulated sugar.

5.  Reduce mixer speed and add the eggs one at a time.

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6.  Add the juice and zest of 1 1/2 limes, 2 tablespoons of tequila and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract to the mixture. Keep using the electric mixer until thoroughly blended.

7.  Add the buttermilk and dry ingredients to the mixture and use the mixture on a low speed.

8. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners.

9. Bake about 25 minutes or until cupcakes are golden. Rotate the pan after 12 minutes.

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10. Remove from the oven and let the cupcakes cool entirely before frosting. If you want to speed things up, put them in the freezer for about 5 minutes. (Don’t forget about them or you will be sad.)

Frosting

1. Whip 1 cup of butter using the mixer on high speed.

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2. Add 2 3/4 cups of powdered sugar and continue to mix.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of tequila and 1 tablespoon of margarita mix.

4. Add this mixture to a Ziplock bag and cut a hole at a lower corner of the bag. Use this hole to frost the cupcakes, making overlapping circles on each cupcake.

5. Garnish your beautifully frosted cupcakes with lime slices and a dash of salt.

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Recipe idea from Brown Eyed Baker

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