Margarita Lime Curd Filled Cupcakes

These margarita lime curd filled cupcakes are a drink in dessert form. Packed full of flavor, filled with homemade lime curd and topped with lime zest frosting.

These margarita lime curd filled cupcakes are a drink in dessert form. Packed full of flavor, filled with homemade lime curd and topped with lime zest frosting.

Welcome to the very first Secret Recipe Club! Want to know what this club is all about? Well it’s simple. Each month you are “assigned” a participating food blogger to make a recipe from. Choose any recipe from the blog you are assigned, make or bake it, and blog about it on the date specified.

Now, onto my secret blogger and what I made. I was given the lovely Suzanne from Thru The Bugs On My Windshield. After looking at all her delicious recipes I decided to settle on her scrumptious looking Grand Gold Cupcakes

I couldn’t resist the urge to pick a dessert recipe! Want to know why they are called “Grand Gold Cupcakes?”  It’s because they have a little Grand Marnier and a little Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila….oh yeah! I stayed true to the recipe with the only exception of filling it with some lime curd.  I had made some a couple days before and couldn’t resist the urge to use it in the cupcakes. I’m glad I did….it was amazing!  I started calling these little gems Margarita Cupcakes because that is what they reminded me off….yum. Give them a whirl….I know you won’t be disappointed!


These margarita lime curd filled cupcakes are a drink in dessert form. Packed full of flavor, filled with homemade lime curd and topped with lime zest frosting.


Margarita Lime Curd Filled Cupcakes

Margarita lime curd filled cupcakes are a drink in dessert form. Packed full of flavor, filled with homemade lime curd and topped with lime zest frosting.


For Cupcakes:

  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated orange peel
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups self-rising flour – divided*
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoon gold tequila
  • 2 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Lime curd

For Lime Zest Icing:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream


For Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Insert paper liners in 12 muffin cups.

In large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 3 teaspoons orange peel until blended, then beat until fluffy and pale yellow. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to blend after each egg. Beat in half of flour. Add buttermilk, tequila, and Grand Marnier. Beat to blend. Beat in remaining flour. Divide batter equally among the 12 cups and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool before filling with lime curd and then top with Lime Zest Icing.

To fill the cupcakes with lime curd (I put mine in a piping bag) gently angle your knife and cut a circle out of the middle of the cupcake. Take the center out (it will look like a cone), cut off the bottom, leaving just the top. Fill the cupcake with lime curd and place the top back on the cupcake. For a great step by step tutorial with pictures please click here.

For Icing:
In stand mixer bowl, blend sugar, cream cheese, lime juice, lime peel, and vanilla; then pulse. Blend in enough whipping cream to form thick but spreadable icing. Ice cupcakes. Garnish cupcakes with orange zest, lime zest and/or turbinado sugar.

*If you cannot find self-rising flour you can use all purpose flour and add 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt per cup of flour.

25 Responses to “Margarita Lime Curd Filled Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Molly — April 18, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Cupcakes and lime curd and tequila, oh my! So much deliciousness in such a compact little dish.

  2. #
    Angie@Angiesrecipes — April 18, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Those cupcakes look so lovely, and the lemon icing sounds so irresistible!

  3. #
    theUngourmet — April 18, 2011 at 5:35 am

    This secret blogger idea sounds like a lot of fun. I’m in the middle of a move right now but when I’m settled I’d love to join in the fun. 😉

    You picked a wonderful recipe! I love the way you’ve frosting these cupcakes. So pretty!

  4. #
    Amanda — April 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Oh my gosh, those sound amazing! I am having such fun going through all the posts, thanks so much for playing along!

  5. #
    Blond Duck — April 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I can’t wait to see what you create for Easter!

  6. #
    Debbie — April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

    They sound delicious and look so good. Love all the ingredients!

  7. #
    Tami — April 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve found a new love for limes. I’m sure that I would love your cupcakes.

  8. #
    EmandM — April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Wow!! Those cupcakes look so good!!!

  9. #
    Dan — April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Booze and cakes – can’t get better than that 🙂 But seriously, this looks like a really yummy flavour combination with the lime.

  10. #
    Jessica — April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I can’t imagine any cupcake being better than a margarita cupcake! They look delicious….. you had me at tequila:)

  11. #
    Rachel @ Rachel's Recipes — April 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Oh my goodness–you left us hanging Friday, but this was worth the wait. These look amazing!

  12. #
    BigFatBaker — April 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    This sounds delicious!! I love curds…I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t but cupcakes filled with them?! DELISH! I love the secret recipe club idea so I decided to join. Thanks for giving me one more thing to keep me in the kitchen 🙂

  13. #
    Dana — April 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    So yummy!! This looks like such a fun event… I can’t wait to participate next time!

  14. #
    Emily — April 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Gorgeous! These cupcakes look amazing!

  15. #
    Erica — April 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I love this idea! Totally signing up. Too cute. And yes, I can’t resist making dessert recipes either :)Love how you added your own touch to these. They look fantastic

  16. #
    Shelby — April 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

    They look lovely! I also love that they have the boozy in them. 😉

  17. #
    Reeni — April 19, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Completely delectable! I love that you added lime curd – it puts them over the top in the delicious category!

  18. #
    SUZANNE — April 19, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Thanks so much for the great “review”. Very glad you liked the recipe and they look awesome! This is a really fun club and I can’t wait until next month to see what everyone picks and makes. Thank you, again!


  19. #
    Mimi — April 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Perfect for a Cinco De Mayo celebration.

  20. #
    Shannon — April 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    these sound delicious!!

  21. #
    grace — April 21, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    oranges and limes–two citrus items i’ve never paired! lovely idea and tasty results. 🙂

  22. #
    Deeba — April 26, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Those are some grand and delicious cupcakes … WOW!! What a great pick from Suzanne’s blog!

  23. #
    Megan'sCookin' — April 27, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Great pick! They turned out beautiful.

  24. #
    Delishhh — May 4, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Really nice, it was so much fun and i hope we do it again this month.


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