Monday, March 10, 2014

Margarita Cupcakes

Recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

What you need:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
zest and juice of 1 1/2 limes
2 TBsp Tequila
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 to 2 TBsp Tequila
1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
1 TBsp lime juice
2 TBsp Tequila
Pinch of coarse salt

How to make them:

Preheat oven to 325˚F.
Line muffin tine with cupcake liners, set aside.
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt, set aside.
In a bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
Reduce the mixer speed to medium, add the eggs in one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the lime zest, lime juice, vanilla extract, and tequila.
Mix until combined (the mixture may start to look curdled at this point, but will come back together)
Reduce the mixer speed to low.
Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches.
Mix only until just incorporated, using a rubber spatula to give it one last mix by hand.
Divide the batter between the muffin cups.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly golden, and when toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean, rotating the pan at the halfway point.
Allow cupcakes to cool for 2 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack.
Brush the tops of the cupcakes with the 1 to 2 Tbsp of tequila.
Set the cupcakes aside to cool completely before frosting them.
To make frosting, whip the butter on medium-hight speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
Reduce speed to medium-low, gradually add the powdered sugar, mixing and scraping the sides of the bowl until all is incorporated.
Give it a mix on medium speed for about 30 seconds.
Add the lime juice, tequila, and salt, mix on medium-high speed until incorporated and fluffy.
(If the frosting appears too soft, add some more powdered sugar, one spoonful at a time until desired consistency is reached.)
Frost cupcakes, garnish with lime zest, an additional sprinkling of coarse salt, and a lime wedge, then ENJOY!!

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