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Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail. There is no "when push comes to shove" or hesitancy in that statement. I declare it with the utmost certainty—I love margaritas. Truthfully, when celebrations come around, margaritas usually find a place in the mix, whether it be on the Fourth of July, ringing in the New Year, or reveling in turning twenty-five. Pair it with a side of chips and salsa and I'm yours. Though margaritas may come in every shade and flavor to match, the classic will always have a place in my heart.

The tart and sourness of fresh lime juice never grows tired.

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake
Boozy Margarita Lime Cake
Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

When it comes to boozy cakes, I don't like them to shy away from the alcohol. It's not that I am much of a drinker (which I am not), but if a cake is going to advertise itself as such, I'd like it to live up to my expectations. When I worked in a bakery, I had visions of opening my own "boozy bakery," providing cupcake cocktails in martini glasses. I dreamed of cupcakes infused with Kahula or red wine, and chocolate cupcakes with rum.

While the dreams of my cake shop never grew to fruition, my boozy cake bakery idea stuck with me, settling somewhere inside my sugar-addled brain.

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

When I thought of making my own margarita cake, I consulted quite a few recipes on the subject. Some included a couple tablespoons of tequila in the batter, some brushed the top with it, but I felt that both of these options did not give enough to fulfill my lofty expectations. Whenever this happens, I set out to do something completely different. There is not only alcohol baked into this particular cake, but it is soaked into the finished product. While lime may be the primary flavor, the tequila isn't too far behind, providing a subtle taste and tingling taste buds.

Cocktail cakes should never fail to please.

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

This Boozy Margarita Lime Cake is a celebration of lime and tequila. Fresh lime juice and zest find their way into the batter (along with the alcohol to make a margarita complete). When finished baking, the cake is soaked in tequila and orange liquor to give it a little extra zing. Topped with a lime coconut whipped cream and slices of citrus, the cake goes from ordinary to extraordinary. This cake makes for the perfect end to a Mexican meal or fabulous dinner party.

Note: This cake has a significant alcohol content and should not be shared with minors. Enjoy this cake with adults and great company.

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Boozy Margarita Lime Cake

Yields 10-inch cake

Boozy Margarita Lime Cake
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
Zest from 2 limes
1/4 cup (57 grams) butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/4 cup (59 ml) vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups (175 grams) cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
1/3 cup (80 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
1/2 cup (60 ml) tequila, divided
1/4 cup (60 ml) orange liquor, divided (I used Triple Sec)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10-inch springform pan and set aside (I strongly suggest using a spring-form pan because the cake will be too moist to remove from a standard cake pan).

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and lime zest for several minutes, or until very fragrant. Beat in the butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Gradually add in the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the milk, lime juice, 1/4 cup tequila, and 2 tablespoons orange liquor, mixing until batter is uniform and smooth.

Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and using a skewer or fork, stab several dozen holes into the top of the cake. Stir together the remaining 1/4 cup tequila and 2 tablespoons orange liquor and slowly pour it evenly over the top of the cake, allowing it to absorb as you go. Cool the cake to room temperature in the baking pan; the cake will continue to absorb the alcohol.

Coconut Lime Whipped Topping
1 recipe coconut whipped cream (2 cups whipped cream can be substituted)
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Zest from 1 lime
Lime slices and zest, for garnish

In a small bowl, mix together the coconut whipped cream, powdered sugar, and lime zest. Set aside.

Once the cake is completely cool, remove it from the springform pan and carefully transfer it to a serving platter. Spread the coconut whipped cream evenly over the top and decorate with additional lime slices and zest (optional). Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve.

Reader Comments (26)

Oh my! This cake looks so awesome. I love margaritas too and this looks like the perfect summer cake!
This cake is just so stunning. I love to see baked goods with margarita twists!
`Cocktail cakes should never fail to please´ jaja, that about brilliantly sums it up! The double dose of tequila is what makes this cake interesting.
Lime is such a misunderstood fruit in the world. I decoration on the top is so rustic but it is a pretty!
Really can't get over the mood you create for your food, just the recipe..
Ooh I've been making boozy cakes today too! Love yours, can't beat a good whack of alcohol in the cake, especially a citrus one.
I LOVE margaritas too! This sounds like the perfect cake! Think I'm going to make my brother a big one for his grooms cake as loves tequila as much as I do!

FoodNerd x
06.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterfoodnerd4life
Awesome! Looks amazing. I also adore traditional margs but recently tried some made with fresh meyer lemons. As good, if not better, than regular. Give it a try!
06.9.2013 | Unregistered Commentersistrsprkl
Wise words from Jimmy Buffet :) What a beautiful cake!
Looks truly delicious and is perfect for summer dinners. Recipe to keep :)
06.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOndina Maria
I seriously think that your blog is going to make my waistline expand, hah! You always hit the spot with your flavor combos and pictures~and thus, I go out to enjoy some kind of pastry to satisfy my new cravings. :P Lime is one of my ultimate FAVORITE flavors for dessert!
oh that looks so good and I don't even like cake. any chance on you transforming this idea into a cookie?
06.9.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjacquie
Yumm this looks delicious and so summery! I love fresh limes on or in my food in summer. I think I might have to try this recipe. But a mini version for just one. Don't want my waistline to suffer too much ;) Maybe a cupcake version..?
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
Very beautiful photographs.. thanks for sharing!
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHari Chandana
This looks beautiful. Love the contrast of the brown, white and that pop of lime green. And what a great alternative to drinking a margarita x
Questa torta deve essere squisitamente buona! Come sempre mi perdo ad ammirare l' atmosfera che sai catturare con una foto. Buon pomeriggio., Anna
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna
I definitely need margarita, but a bite of this cake would be great as well. As always - great pictures.
Cake with booze??? Yes please!! This one looks heavenly! What a great recipe :) love it!!
xox Amy
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
This looks wonderful. I am definitely going to have to try it. I love limes and margaritas. Congrats on figuring out how to get it boozy and make it work!
06.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSandraM
Such a beautiful looking cake. There is a restaurant my family and I go to has margaritas so big you could probably swim in the glass. I'm not old enough to drink (and I'm not one of those kids that drinks under age either) but I'm pretty sure I'm the fruity-type person. I've tried virgin pina coladas before and those are delicious! :)
This cake looks beautiful! Perfect for a party, can't wait to try it! I think you should look into your boozy bakery idea again :)
Just made this cake for end of year teacher gifts. Awesome cake with an amazing tequila kick. I did make coconut/lime icing instead of whipped cream.WIll be making this again!! Thanks for sharing! !
06.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebra
My oh my, this sounds so much like my cup of tea, I definitely need to make this one. Thank you for the recipe! And the boozy bakery sounds so cool, if at some point you do open a shop like this, you could count on me as an employee ;)
06.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEla
Can I make this 24 hours in advance? Will I need to figure out a way to cover it in the fridge?
06.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjordan
This cake just shouts out "Hurray for Summer"! I'm really looking forward to an occasion to make it... Thanks!
06.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie
Oh dear. I love a good margarita, although I've indulged more on mexican martinis lately. There is a place in town that offers an avocado margarita that I really, really want to try and I hope to soon. I've had this cake on the brain for a while now...this weekend seems like the perfect time for it.
07.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

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