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Margarita Cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo

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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. 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!!!!

    1. Hi Nancy, yes, 1 recipe should fill all 9 glasses. I only made 4. Each glass holds a little more than a regular size cupcake.

  2. Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas says:

    Love your recipe and sharing with my cupcake friends.

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

    1. Oh I know…I loved your chips & salsa cookies. I was trying to fit them into the post and it just didn’t work.

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

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

  7. Shannon @ Cozy Home says:

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

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