Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

by Erin

I have a bad habit of forgetting about Cinco de Mayo every year because my birthday is the day before and it is also Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you). I pretty much have the most amazing birthday ever, right? But when I was contacted by Karla of Truco Enterprises recently, asking if I’d like to try out any On The Border products, I knew it was a sign that I wouldn’t be missing out on posting any recipes for the holiday this year.

Of course, the first thing I was drawn to was the strawberry margarita mix. What’s Cinco de Mayo without a good margarita in hand? As a bonus, On The Border’s margarita mixes are made with all natural flavors and juices, setting them apart from many other manufacturers. After seeing many different margarita cupcake recipes, I knew I had to try making a strawberry margarita cupcake with their mix. And I have to say, they taste fantastic and look brilliant! I even gave them a sugar rim just like the drink itself. Obviously these are not kid friendly cupcakes since they do contain small amounts of tequila, but you can substitute with extra margarita mix if you want a “virgin” cupcake.

These are actually displayed in a huge margarita glass that I own, and will likely need to fill it up with the actual strawberry margarita beverage with the remaining mix on Sunday! Yummy :-)

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes


Makes 12 cupcakes



1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

3 Tbsp pureed, thawed frozen sweetened strawberries

1/4 cup liquid Strawberry Margartia Mix (regular also works)

2 Tbsp tequila

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup buttermilk


1-2 Tbsp tequila


2 Tbsp pureed, thawed frozen sweetened strawberries

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbsp liquid Strawberry Margartia Mix (regular also works)

1/2 Tbsp tequila

Pinch of salt


1/4 cup crystal sugar sprinkles mixed with 1/4 tsp salt

Lime wedges


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and add the eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the strawberry puree, margarita mix, tequila and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. (The mixture may start to look curdled at this point, but don’t worry)
  6. Reduce the mixer speed low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated, using a rubber spatula to give it one last mix by hand.
  7. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until just slightly golden and a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pan at the halfway point.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, and then remove to a cooling rack. Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of tequila. Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.
  9. To make the frosting, whip the strawberry puree and butter on medium-high speed of an electric mixer using the whisk attachment for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium-low, and gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated. Give it a mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the margarita mix, tequila, salt and mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy. If the frosting appears a bit too soft, add some additional sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  10. Frost cupcakes by first piping a circle around the edges. Dip the frosted edges iton the sugar/salt mixture, then finish frosting and garnish with a lime wedge.

Source: Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, with inspiration from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Love From The Oven.

Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary bottle of On The Border’s Strawberry Margarita Mix by Truco Enterprises. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Lily July 9, 2020 - 11:38 am

The cupcakes turned out so yummy but they didn’t rise in the middle.. anyone else have this problem?

Erin July 9, 2020 - 12:57 pm

Hi Lily, I am glad you enjoyed them despite the sunken middles! I haven’t heard from anyone else having this problem (or at least they haven’t spoken up about it) so I am not sure what that could be. Some ideas: (1) make sure your baking powder isn’t old and lost activity, thus resulting in a weaker rise, (2) did you use margarita powdered mix or liquid? I should have been more specific as I used liquid and if you used powdered that could possibly offset things (I typed the opposite when I first replied so pardon the change). I will fix that now just in case!

Emily @ Life on Food May 3, 2013 - 10:16 am

Oh the sugar sprinkles are key. Way better than salt. Super cute and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Happy early Birthday!

Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection May 2, 2013 - 9:25 am

Perfect for this coming up Sunday’s festivities! :)

Michelle @Amourbeurre May 2, 2013 - 7:59 am

So cute! Love the ‘rims’!

sally @ sallys bakingaddiction May 1, 2013 - 9:53 pm

I’d gladly eat my margarita in the form of this pink cupcake any day Erin :) Love them!

Mr. & Mrs. P May 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Bring out the lime and tequila, these cupcakes are a party!!! They look beautiful!! Love the sparkling sugar

Zainab May 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

I love the sparkles from the sugar rim…genius!

steph@stephsbitebybite May 1, 2013 - 12:31 pm

I need to shove like 10 of these in my mouth…my lack of sleep is requiring a sugar high!

Joanne May 1, 2013 - 10:02 am

This year Cinco de Mayo is falling on the Greek Orthodox either which I’ll be celebrating because The.Boy is Greek…and so I’ll be eating greek food! Lol. as such I’m trying to get as much Mexican flair into my life beforehand as possible. these cupcakes need to happen!

spiffycookie May 1, 2013 - 10:16 am

I LOVE Greek food. There is actually a Greek festival here next weekend. I cannot wait!

Jennifer | Bake or Break May 1, 2013 - 9:25 am

Yum! I have been quite remiss in coming up with anything for Cinco de Mayo this year. The sugar rim on these is the best. Love that!

Cassie | Bake Your Day May 1, 2013 - 8:47 am

These sound amazing! I love the frosting.

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 1, 2013 - 8:46 am

These are SO cute and creative! I love margaritas and cupcakes… even better when they’re combined! :)

Tracey May 1, 2013 - 7:15 am

Oh my word, the sugar rim on the cupcakes? Beyond awesome, I love it!!

spiffycookie May 1, 2013 - 7:59 am

Thanks so much!! I fell in love with these cupcakes too.


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