Vanessa Chang
(A Glutton with Brains)


a glutton with brains

Better Than Deja Vu—Margarita Cupcake Recipe

After finishing a mountain of cupcakes, Romina has emerged. With her "new world order" slowly setting pace, she hopefully can go to yoga more often, sleep a couple more hours a night, and have time to explore the Costco in Bountiful with me. In the meantime, she emailed me this, the coveted Margaritaville Cupcake recipe from the much popular Cupcake and Cocktail Fiesta.

"Here's the recipe. It's actually my vanilla cupcake recipe subing tequila and grand marnier for the
vanilla. If you want to make a regular layer cake, you could use any good white cake (yikes!) recipe and just add the flavoring from the recipe. But, white is not a flavor, after all. NOTE: Romina is a woman of convinction.

Les Madeleines' Margaritaville Cupcakes
4 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted * 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder * 3/4 teaspoon salt * 1 pound + 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (4 1/2 sticks) * 3 cups sugar * 6 eggs * 1 1/2 teaspoons tequila * 1 1/2 teaspoons grand marnier or triple sec or any orange liqueur * 1 1/2 cups buttermilk * zest of 2 limes * zest of 1/2 orange

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line muffin tins with liners. Sift flour, baking powder, salt. Whisk to fully
combine ingredients.

Cream the butter, sugar and zests until light and fluffy. It should be white, so it may take a while. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl between each egg. Add the tequila and orange liqueur.

Add 1/3 of flour and mix until almost fully combined. Add 1/2 of buttermilk mixing until almost fully
combined. Repeat with flour, buttermilk and ending with the last 1/3 of flour—always end with dry. Mix
until just combined.

Pipe or scoop into lined tins. Bake until golden brown (about 18 minutes for mini, 22-24 for regular and 28-30 for XL muffin tins).

For buttercream
Combine lime and orange zest, tequila, and orange liqueur to taste until it tastes like a Margarita (I usually use the same proportions as I used in the cakes). Add this to your favorite buttercream recipe (she uses an Italian meringue-based one).

To serve
Have some lime or lemon curd handy. If you really want a recipe. Shoot me an email. Otherwise, the jarred stuff is just fine. You can opt to make and decorate them yourself. Or have everyone do their own and have a messy old time as we did here.