This margarita cupcake recipe is one that displays the classic flavor of the drink: LIME! Lime is incorporated in a few ways: a little juice in the batter; some juice and zest in the syrup; and some zest (and extract, if you can find it) in the frosting. Yum!

Margarita Cupcakes With A Twist Of Lime [Vegan]







  • 1 1/2 c. organic flour
  • 3/4 c. organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1/4 c. tequila, or more water
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
For the simple syrup:
  • 1/4 c. organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
For the frosting:
  • 1 c. organic non-hydrogenated shortening, like Spectrum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (or lime extract, if you have it)
  • 3-4 c. vegan powdered sugar
  • zest of one lime
  • vegan sprinkles for decorating


  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir. Create a well in the middle of dry ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Make sure all of your wet ingredients are ready to go. You want to make sure the reaction goes appropriately, so add them all in at the same time. Pour them into the well and use some elbow grease and a wooden spoon to stir (or use your mixer). Stir until everything is combined and the batter thickens up.
  4. Fill your cupcake liners about half-way full - these cupcakes puff up a decent amount. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely. As they're cooling, use a toothpick to poke a few holes in the top of the cakes. It will help the syrup soak in.
For the simple syrup:
  1. Combine the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Make sure all of the sugar has dissolved. Once it reduces slightly, remove it from the heat to cool.
  2. When it's cooled, brush a coating of syrup on each cupcake. Once it dries and/or soaks in, brush them with a second coat.
For the frosting:
  1. Cream the shortening, flavoring, and zest in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add the powdered sugar in, a cup at a time, until the buttercream is somewhat stiff. Place the icing in a piping bag and frost your cupcakes.
  2. I love the rustic look of the natural green sprinkles; it kind of reminds me of the side of a margarita glass. I dipped my cupcakes in the sprinkles and smushed the tops flat. Add a lime peel or slice and you have an adorable margarita cupcake on your hands!


Cakes adapted from The Pretty Bee If you have some simple syrup left over, save it for your own cocktails!


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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 330 | Carbs: 35 g | Fat: 19 g | Protein: 2 g | Sodium: 142 mg | Sugar: 24 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.