Tobins' Tastes: {Vegan} Mucho Margarita Cupcakes

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

{Vegan} Mucho Margarita Cupcakes

I have been wanting to make these Mucho Margarita Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World for a really long time now and with Cinco De Mayo right around the corner now seemed like the perfect time.

Perhaps you are thrilled with the idea of a vegan cupcake but if you are anything like me it is possible you are a little skeptical about a cupcake with no eggs and no butter (and yet they taste amazing! It's a miracle I know.) These cupcakes are a distant relative to the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes that are an all time favorite with  our family and friends.

Even though he loves, adores and devours the previously mentioned pumpkin cupcakes, Justin still expressed some doubt about these Margarita Cupcakes as I was making them. He took it all back as soon as he tasted them.

It still blows my mind that a cupcake with no eggs and no butter could be so moist and so flavorful. The cupcake isn't overpoweringly sweet so it makes for the perfect compliment to the sweet and tangy lime glaze pair that with the slight crunch from the sugary "salt rim" and these are an amazing way to end a spicy meal on Cinco De Mayo.

Throw some Lilly Pulitzer in there and it's just over the top cuteness!
The recipe is also ridiculously easy. One bowl for the batter and one bowl for the glaze. I got fancy with myself by making little lime wedges from an ice cube mold and by adding a sugar rim to imitate the salt on the edge of a true marg and I for one think they are adorable.

Some side notes before I get to the main recipe:
  • I made the lime wedges using an ice cube mold and Wilton Candy Melts alcoholic
Wilton Candy Melts in Vibrant Green

Looked a little "Ghostbusterish" after being fully melted.

Ice cube tray I got a part of a wedding gift. It made the perfect mold!

Ready for the fridge.

Per Wilton's instructions, I refrigerated them for about an hour before popping them out of the mold.

I then cut them in half to resemble lime wedges. I froze the left overs for the next time I need cute lime decorations.
  •  I baked my cupcakes in a fun and funky baking tin I got at Ikea but any type of tin will do.
How fun is this? Proof that Ikea really does sell everything.

Ok, I will be honest. I bought the tin because I needed a reason to buy these super cute baking liners.

Ready to go!
Ok, now that you are totally sick of my not so good photography skill, it's on to the recipe!

Mucho Margarita Cupcakes With Tequila Lime Glaze 
From Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime zest (1 lime)
  • 1 cup soy milk (or regular milk if you aren't vegan)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp tequila
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Fill a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.

In a large bowl, mix together lime juice, lime zest, soy milk, oil , tequila, vanilla and sugar.
Sift in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and stir until just combined.

Divide evenly into muffin tins. Bake for 15-20, until a tester comes out clean and the cakes spring back when lightly pressed.

Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Tequila Lime Glaze

  • 1/4 cup non hydrogenated shortening, softened (or butter or margarine depending on how vegan you want these)
  • 1 tbsp soy milk (or regular)
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp tequila
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • coarse sugar for “rims”
Blend together all the ingrediants except the coarse sugar. I then dipped each cupcake top into the glaze.

Then I lightly rolled the rim in the coarse sugar and topped with a "lime wedge"

And there you have it! I fun and whimsical treat that's perfect for a Cinco De Mayo party!

Make sure you stop by this week's Mealtime Monday and link up any amazing recipes you have been working on lately.

***Depending on the day this post may be linked up to any of these fabulous linky parties.***


  1. these look great! i often use ice cube trays for my candy melt molds too :)

  2. What could you substitute for the tequila if you do not drink liquor?

    1. That is a great question, I almost left it out since the idea of alcohol in a cupcake was not very appealing to me. I think you could just leave it out and they would still be very good and very flavorful.

      I didn't taste the liquor in the cake part since I think it baked out so you probably would not lose much of the flavor. And if you left it out of the icing you may just want to add a little more powdered sugar to counter act the tartness of the lime juice.

      If I try them again I will leave the liquor out and update the post about how it goes : )

  3. The cupcakes look so yummy and pretty!

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. These sounds and look amazing! I love how you did the lime wedges. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Those are so cute!!! I love the little lime wedges! Thank so much for sharing this with us as well at Thursday's Temptation.

  6. Hi Kaylee, I just came from Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday. This recipe looks great. I'm always trying new recipes and this vegan cupcake will be the next dessert on my to do list. The cupcake tin from Ikea looks so adorable, a great find.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

  7. Those are so cute, love the little limes!

  8. Those look yummy & super cute! I love the sugar & lime tops. Have a happy Cinco de Mayo. I am over at & found you from Friendship Friday! I wish we had a Publix here. Sounds like you get great savings there.

  9. How cute and creative!

    I host a food linky part and I would love for you to link up and share your cupcakes. Hope to see you in the ring!

  10. Those look amazing! I wish I had the patience to make them myself! Maybe one day...

    Stopping by from S&S's Manic Monday link party :)


  11. OMG!!! They look too pretty to eat!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! :)

  12. Those are so cute! I love all of the detail, they look delicious and special as well.

  13. I just saw these on Serendipity and Spice... really cute!

  14. Your cupcakes not only sound delicious, but the presentation is exceptional as well! Love the "salt", chocolate lime, and those perfect papers!

  15. Love the chocolate lime decoration - it's fantastic!

  16. I had a margarita cupcake for the first time the other day! These are super cute, homemade, and may look better than the bakery's!!!

  17. I never ever heard of margarita cupcakes, but sounds wonderful. Your presentation of the cupcakes is so pretty. Thanks for the recipe and for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best!

  18. I'm loving this flavor! They are really cute too! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  19. Love the little limes!! How festive. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  20. How fun! The little lime adds a nice touch ;)
    Thanks for linking up to our Sunday Round Up link party. Hope to see you again this weekend :)

  21. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a very special week end and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  22. Oh yummy! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party.


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