Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Margarita Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I was invited to my first ever murder mystery birthday party.

I got sent my character sheet (I was BJ Baggage, the bellhop) then left my costume to the last minute, as I do.

Luckily enough, the last minute costume, which consisted of a cardboard hat and crepe paper buttons, won me the best costume award of the night!

Margarita Cupcakes

Despite the obvious embarrassing character name (I insisted everyone call me Mrs Baggage instead) I had such a fun night trying to work out who was the killer.

It turns out I'd make a terrible crime scene investigator, I was way off in my guess of who-dunnit but what I lacked in detective skills I think I made up for in baking.

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As our theme for the murder mystery was tropical island and the name of the resort "Margaritaland" it was only natural that I made Margarta flavoured cupcakes.

Due to my bad experiences with Tequila (doesn't everybody have a bad Tequila experience?) and the fact that I wasn't sure if anyone actually liked the flavour of Tequila I didn't add much in the recipe, feel free to add more if you're a fan!

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Margarita Cupcakes
Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Makes 12 Cupcakes

1 1/2 C Flour
1 1/2 t Baking Powder
115g Butter, room temperature
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
Zest and juice of 2 limes (2 t zest, 1/4 C juice)
1/4 t Vanilla Extract
1/2 C Buttermilk (1/2 cup of milk mixed with 1/2 T white vinegar)
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a muffin tin with cupcake cases.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together and set aside.
  • Beat the butter until light in colour, add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
  • Add the lime zest, juice and vanilla extract and beat until combined (it will look curdled).
  • Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk in three additions, beginning and ending with the dry, mix until combined.
  • Spoon batter into cupcake cases and bake for approx. 25 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Leave cupcakes in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.

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Margarita Cupcakes

225g Butter, room temperature
3 C Icing Sugar
1 T Lime Juice
2 T Tequila
  • Beat the butter until light in colour.
  • Sift icing sugar into a large bowl then add to butter one cup at a time.
  • Add the lime juice and tequila and beat until well incorporated.
  • If the icing is too dry, add a little more lime juice or tequila to taste, if the mixture is too soft add a little more sifted icing sugar until you reach the desired taste and consistency you like.

Recipe Notes:
I didn’t want my cupcakes to have too much of a Tequila taste, but if you wanted to have more of the Tequila flavour coming through just add two tablespoons in the batter when you add the lime juice. You can also glaze the cupcakes with a little Tequila once they’re cooked to really bring out that flavour.
To imitate the salted rim of a margarita, you can add a pinch of coarse salt to your buttercream if you like.

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  1. These look absolutely divine!!! Thanks for sharing another awesome recipe:)

  2. Where's a pic of your costume?? :P