Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Happy Labor Day Everyone!!!

First off let me apologize for my very long absence.  "Life" kind of happened, and it pushed the blog to the side for a while.  I am, however, very happy to say that I am back, and I will be blogging more often now that "Life" isn't so hectic anymore.  Anyway, enough of that, let's get on with the cupcakes!!!

I recently had the opportunity to make some cupcakes for a friend who was hosting a "Senoritas & Margaritas" party.  I have been wanting to try a margarita flavored cupcake for quite some time, and this was the perfect opportunity.  I mean, who doesn't love something sweet to go along with a good margarita, right?  I also wanted to try my hand at a cupcake with actual liquor in it,  and they turned out really good.  I was very surprised at how great they tasted. 

I took my cue from the wonderful and very talented Audra over at The Baker Chick.  Her recipe pretty much set the stage for what I was going for.

I must say, if you like Strawberry Margaritas you should definitely try your hand at these cupcakes.  They are truly a treat!!!

Cupcake Recipe:  Makes 12 regular size cupcakes (Adapted from Cupcakes by Elinor Klivans)  I used the reverse creaming method to make the cupcakes, whereas the original recipe uses the regular method of creaming.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla (original recipe calls for only 1 tsp, but I really like vanilla :-))
1/2 cup canola or corn oil (I used vegetable oil instead)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup lime juice
These cupcakes will

(Using the reverse creaming method)
1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2.  Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and mix together. 
3.  In a separate bowl, mix together the sour cream, eggs, vanilla and lime juice.
4.  Add the the oil to the dry ingredient mixture and mix until combined.
5.  Add the wet ingredients to the mixture and mix on a low-medium speed for about 2-3 minutes, being careful not to over mix because your cupcakes will have a flat top instead of a nice dome.
6.  Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  The cupcakes should have a nice spring back if pushed lightly with your finger tip.


Strawberry Puree Recipe:  (Adapted from The Baker Chick)

Ingredients:
1-16oz carton of strawberries
3 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup of tequila
1/4 cup of lime juice

Place all of your ingredients in a food processor, or blender and mix until well blended.  NOTE: I ended up adding a tbsp of cornstarch to my mixture and warming it on the stove top for a few minutes to thicken it up.  Surprisingly, the tequila still had a very strong presence.


Strawberry Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients:
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter
1- 2lb bag of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of strawberry puree

Cream together your butter and shortening.  Add in about half of the powdered sugar.  Add in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree.  Make sure to scrape your bowl between each ingredient addition.  Add the rest of the powered sugar.  Finally add in the rest of the strawberry puree.  NOTE: Add the last of the puree slowly because you don't want your frosting to be to soft to pipe.

Instead of using the puree as a filling for the cupcake, I dipped the cupcake tops into the puree and then piped on the strawberry frosting.  Add a lime slice and some coarse sugar to dress them up a bit if you like, and 'Voila, there you have a very tasty Strawberry Margarita Cupcake!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you try it, please let me know how you liked it.


Thanks for stopping by, and have a beautiful, blessed day!!!
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Ashley

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23 comments

  1. Those look delicious! Love for you to link this post up to Wonderful Food Wednesday on Wednesday this week at www.athometake2.com. Thanks dear!

    Jessica @ At Home Take 2 (and following you back I might add.) ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment and the follow. I will definitely link up on Wednesday!!!

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  2. Hi Ashley! Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm following you back. Your cupcakes and cakes look amazing :)

    Hilda

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  3. Those look too cute to even eat! Thanks for the recipe. I am returning the follow. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Julie @ Naptime Review
    www.thenaptimereview.com

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  4. yeah, I've got to make these! I love that they're homemade & beautiful! Pinning this one ;)

    Following you back from Daydreaming Realist

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  5. These look amazing! New follower from the hop. Now following via googe friend, pinterst, fb and twitter. I would love follows back.

    http://cumminslife.blogspot.com/

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  6. Wow!! These look deeeeelish! Thank you so much for linking up with the Weekend Blog Walk and posting our button!! You are the bee's knees! :)

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  7. Thank you for linking up to Wonderful Food Wednesday. These cupcakes look truly spectacular. I will definitely be making these! :)

    Kerrie
    http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks so much to everyone for the wonderful comments and follows. They are all very much appreciated!!!

      Ashley

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  8. Those are gorgeous! I love the name of your blog :) I'm your newest follower from Wonderful Food Wednesdays :) Having a hop at my blog too, if you'd like to link-up!

    Jessica
    http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/09/meatless-monday-pb-sushi.html

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  9. Hi, I stumbled across your site and I love your recipes and beautiful cakes! Hope to see many more posts from you.

    I'm following you on GFC, hope you'll drop by my blog and say hi!

    Angela
    www.atypicalenglishhome.com

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  10. Oh. My. Goodness. I love actual margaritas, so I'm sure these would be even more of a hit with me!

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  11. this makes a party a party!! how fun!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    thanks!!

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  12. Thanks for linking this up and responding to my Meatless Monday invite! You're my 200th follower, hooray! Keep up the good work! I'm having a weekend hop, too, if you'd like to join: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-saturday-19-my-lily-is-growing-up.html

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  13. These look incredible, I love the idea of strawberry and lime. Visiting from the SITS food blogger thread, nice to meet you :)

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  14. Wow these cupcakes are beautiful! How can you go wrong with starwberry margarita? I need to give them a try soon THanks so much for linking them up at WHatcha Whipped up. Hope to see you there again next week.

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  15. These were so lovely, I featured them on Meatless Monday today: http://jessica-healthymommyhealthybaby.blogspot.com/2012/09/its-meatless-monday-but-im-taking-break.html. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. These cupcakes are beautiful and look so delicious!

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  17. I think I am going to have a massive cupcake baking day now. However will I survive the yumminess. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Erin - ekcantcook.blogspot.com

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  18. They sound Supremely Divine!

    April @ 100lbCountdown.com

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  19. I found your blog from SITS and I am a new follower. These cupcakes look freakin amazing. I really want to try these! YUM!

    I'd love if you check out my blog as well.

    http://chitsandgiggles.blogspot.com

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  20. YUMMMO!! I want these cupcakes now.

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