I’ve been a cupcake baking fiend lately, and I have to tell you it feels good. I love staying home with Clara but certainly miss my sweet (pun intended) job working at Richmond’s best cupcake shop. I stop in there occasionally, and the smell always seems so much stronger (in the best way possible) now that I’m not surrounded by it every day. It’s hard to beat the smell of cupcakes baking, and thankfully I’ve had a few events to attend lately, giving me the perfect excuse to bake lots and lots of cupcakes. So don’t be surprised if a few more cupcake recipes show up here soon.
I made these cupcakes for a Memorial Day cookout. Our friends have always enjoyed the boozy sweets I’ve made in the past (especially this chocolate bourbon cake), so I was pretty sure they’d go crazy for these cupcakes. Cupcakes + tequila + fresh strawberries = major win. I considered making these for our neighborhood block party but ended up making piña colada cupcakes instead. I promise the next cupcake recipe I share with you guys will be alcohol free. Anyway, these cupcakes were a big hit with everyone. I never know how cupcakes based on drinks will turn out, but I knew these would be great since my friend Josie is the one I got the recipe from. Most of the margarita cupcake recipes I’ve seen use bottled margarita mix, but this recipe uses all fresh ingredients. The base is a tequila-lime infused cupcake, and the frosting is a Swiss meringue buttercream that has strawberry puree, tequila and lime mixed in. The frosted cupcakes are lightly sprinkled with coarse salt, adding a surprising and totally delicious element. Even though I’ve got approximately 2159 cupcake recipes to try, this one will definitely be made again before strawberry season is over.