Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo

Not only are these cupcakes perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo…the Margarita Cupcakes would be great for a Summertime party or even a neighborhood get-together in your backyard.

Since the Cocktail Cupcakes I shared last Summer were such a hit, I couldn’t let such a fun holiday like Cinco de Mayo go by without giving Margarita Cupcakes a try!

I baked the cupcakes right in the Margarita glass, and the Cinco de Mayo Cupcakes are topped with free printables from TomKat Studio. The Margarita Cupcake recipe starts with a cake mix…you all know I LOVE quick, easy but spectacular!


Margarita Cupcake Recipe:

  • 1 white cake mix {Don’t forget about Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge and helping feed hungry children}
  • 3/4 cup margarita mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime peel, grated
  • Juice of 1 lime


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and beat about 2 minutes or until well blended. Divide into cupcake liners or margarita glasses {directions below}

Bake regular size cupcakes at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


I found the Margarita glasses at Dollar Tree. Any glass will work, just be sure it’s GLASS, with no plastic on it. Fill the glass 2/3 full, place on a cookie sheet {for stability} and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

After the cupcakes are cooled, it’s time to rim the glass. Dip the edge of the glass in water. Then in colored sugar. I combined light and dark green sugar, that have different textures.

To frost the Margarita Cupcakes, melt frosting in microwave {canned frosting works best when melting} and spoon over cooled cupcakes. You can watch my video on Cocktail Cupcakes, I made these the same way.

Then garnish with fresh lime peel.

For the Cinco de Mayo Cupcakes, I used Wilton Jewel Colors liners to bake in. Color frosting with bright colors, I used pink, yellow, orange and for the teal color, combine blue with a small amount of green. Fill a decorator bag, fitted with a #1M tip and pipe on frosting. The napkins were my inspiration for color and design. Print the toppers, available at  TomKat Studio. Then simply punch them out with a hole punch or cut with scissors, tape a lollipop stick to the back and insert into the cupcake.

Do you celebrate Cindo de Mayo? Feel free to leave a link to your Cinco de Mayo inspired recipe!



  1. Shannon @ Cozy Home says:

    What a clever idea! They look very delicious too.!

  2. What a clever idea! Looks delicious too! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Michele P. says:

    what a great idea, so cute for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

  4. sarakate says:

    Now, if we just drizzle on a little tequila before frosting (to keep them moist, of course) and they’ll be PERFECT!

  5. How cute are these! I love the colors you used for the icing, and the cupcakes in the glasses are so clever. I am definitely going to check out your video about the other cocktail cupcakes!!Thanks!!!

  6. Beverly says:

    Those are so cute! My husband usually wants a Cinco De Mayo theme birthday party because his birthday is may 4th and these would be perfect!

  7. Kathryn says:

    These are great! Please share this with our readers by linking up at Muffin (and Cupcake) Monday. Thanks!
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  8. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Liz,
    I love your cupcake and will sure make it for Cinco de Mayo. What kind of frosting did you use? Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!
    My Cinco de Mayo recipe is:
    Thanks for letting me post my Southwest Adobe Pie!
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    • CupcakeLady says:

      Miz Helen, I used canned frosting on the Margarita Cupcakes and Decorators Icing on the other ones.
      Your Southwest Pie looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  9. These are adorable! Chips and salsa cookies and margarita cupcakes?! I think we’d make a good team!!!

  10. Loved this Cinco de Mayo cupcake idea, so I posted it over on my blog, ‘Pink Party Girl’! Got a sec? Stop by and say ‘hi’!
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  11. Here are my Cinco de Mayo cupcakes. I notice we have the same glass!
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  12. Cinco de Mayo cupcakes
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  13. Love your recipe and sharing with my cupcake friends.

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  15. nancy says:

    How many margarita glasses do you need for your recipe? You don’t mention the quantity. I want to make 9 glasses (just like the ones you pictured from Dollar Tree). Does 1 cake mix fill all 9? Or do I need to double the recipe?
    VERY clever idea!!!!

  16. Shantel says:

    I tried these as a summer party dessert and everybody LOVED them!! I didn’t put them in the margarita cups but just did cupcake liners. But everybody kept asking for the recipe! Thanks. :)

  17. Well aren’t these just adorable?? Love the colors – so festive!! I recently made some Cinco de Mayo cupcakes and decorated them to look like margarita glasses! I would love it if you checked them out!! :)

  18. justin says:

    Dry Margarita mix or liquid mix please help need this for this weekend thanks

  19. Patti Jones says:

    Can you incorprate Tequila in this i was thinking rim the glass with it,some how add tequila to the frosting also

  20. CupcakeLady says:

    I think it should work fine. You may want to search for a recipe though.


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