Margarita Cupcakes

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
28 cupcakes

A creamy surprise awaits in these lime-scented cupcakes.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons each grated lime zest (from 4 limes) and juice, plus more zest, for sprinkling

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • Tequila Lime Curd

  • Cream Cheese Frosting for Margarita Cupcakes

  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two standard muffin tins with paper liners.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and coarse salt. With an electric mixer on medium-high, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl as needed; beat in zest. Combine buttermilk and remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk mixture, and beating until just combined after each. Pour 1/4 cup batter into each tin, firmly tapping pans to level batter.

  3. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until cupcakes spring back to the touch and a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely.

  4. Fill a small piping bag fitted with a small plain round tip (such as Ateco #4) with lime curd. Insert tip into center of each cupcake and pipe until cupcake begins to mound on top. Dollop each cupcake with about 2 tablespoons cream cheese frosting, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and lime zest.

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