Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Today we are sharing a fun margarita inspired treat ~ Margarita Cupcakes! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any spring or summer party or get together! 

I'm all for sweet and salty wrapped into one so this treat was a favorite of mine to make! 

I even topped it with a delicious lime frosting! 

We used a box cake mix {I know, I know} you can use either white or vanilla ~ we chose white and doctored it up a bit with a margarita ready mix, such as this: 

Add one of these pouches instead of the water. We just chilled ours in the refrigerator, instead of freezing it. You can also make these without the alcohol, just use the non-alcoholic mix. 
Mix your cake as directed on the box, but instead of adding the water, add the margarita mix. 
I don't know about you, but I love my margaritas with salt around the rim! Once they are fully baked and cooled we added a frosting rim around the cupcake

and added a mixture of green sugar crystals and salt ~ to get the "salty rim" of the margarita. Then filled in the cupcake with our sour cream lime frosting. We took a store bought {yes, we did} frosting and added a drop of lime essential oil  to add the flavor {you can also add lime zest}. 
Cut a lime and twist for the topper and add a cute green striped straw for a fun dimension! We also added a few mustaches to make them more whimsical! 

Easy Margarita Cupcake Recipe

1 Store bought box cake mix
3 Egg Whites
1 Cup Pre-Made Margarita Mix
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Drop Lime Essential Oil
1 Drop Green Food Coloring
**2 Drops Lime juice *In lieu of Lime Essential Oil*
1 Medium Lime
3 Tablespoons Green Sugar Crystals
1 Tablespoon Salt

CUPCAKES: Mix your cake batter according to box instructions, but instead of water add the Pre-made Margarita mix.  Prepare your cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Spoon batter into cupcake liners filling each 2/3 full. Bake as directed on cake mix box, typically about 18-21 minutes or when a toothpick is inserted into center of cupcake it comes out clean. 

FROSTING: We used store bought, but you can use a homemade version too. We used a sour cream frosting and added one drop of Lime Essential Oil ~ stir until well blended. Add one drop of green food coloring just to have a tint of the color. 

RIM: Pipe a rim of frosting around the cupcake and sprinkle with a mixture of green sugar crystals and salt ~ this gives the cupcake a sweet salty taste. 

TOPPING: Cut the lime in slices, then cut the slice in half and cut up to rind. Twist and place on top of cupcake **only do this step if you are serving right away, otherwise place in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.**

Cut a green striped straw in half and insert diagonally into the cupcake.