Margarita Cake for a Refreshing Fiesta

February 8, 2019

Margarita Cake for a Refreshing Fiesta

Margarita Cake

Want a drink for your party? How about a cake? How about... both!

Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Author Andrea Price


Cake layers

  • 1 pkg white cake mix such as Betty Crocker
  • 3 tbsp lime-flavored gelatin such as Jell-O
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs

Tequila syrup

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 lb powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup bottled margarita mixer
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 drops lime-green liquid food coloring divided
  • 1/2 cup store-bought lime curd
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • 3 tbsp flaky sea salt
  • 3 tbsp sparkling sugar
  • 1 paper drinking straw


  1. Prepare the Cake Layers: Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together cake mix, gelatin, water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Pour batter evenly into 3 (8-inch) round cake pans. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool cake layers in pans 15 minutes; transfer cake layers from pans to a cooling rack. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare the Tequila Syrup: Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high, whisking constantly until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool completely, about 20 minutes. Stir in tequila.

  3. Prepare the Icing: Place butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, and beat on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly add powdered sugar, and beat on low speed until fully incorporated. Add margarita mixer, lime juice, kosher salt, and 3 drops of the food coloring. Beat until icing is smooth and fluffy and food coloring is fully incorporated.

  4. Reserve 1/4 cup Icing. Assemble cake, 1 layer at a time, brushing each layer with Tequila Syrup before adding Icing. Spread Icing between layers and on top and sides of cake. Stir remaining 2 drops of food coloring into reserved Icing, and spread on sides cake into a unique design. Spread lime curd on top of the cake, leaving a 1-inch border. Garnish with lime wedges, sea salt, sparkling sugar, and a straw. Cheers!


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