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Margarita Cake

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Servings: 10-12
What is a Margarita?

Definition: [mahr-gah-REE-tah] A cocktail made with tequila, an orange-flavored liqueur (usually triple sec) and lime juice. The rim of the glass is traditionally dipped in lime juice, then coarse salt. A margarita may be served straight up or on the rocks. It can also be blended with ice into a slushy consistency.

Copyright (c) 1995 by Barron's Educational Series, from The New Food Lover's Companion, Second Edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst

This is the "cake" version of the famous drink. It would make a very festive dessert for Cinco de Mayo, or for that matter any special birthday or holiday. If you are concerned about the alcohol in the recipe, just leave it out. It will still be great!

1 can (ready to use) white buttercream frosting
1 package white cake mix
1 can (10 ounces) frozen, non-alcoholic, margarita mix, defrosted, undiluted
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup tequila (optional)
2 tablespoons triple sec liqueur (optional)

Preheat oven 350ºF (180ºC). Spray two 8-inch pans with vegetable pan spray.

Follow cake mix package instructions for making cake in two 8-inch pans, but replace the water called for with Margarita mix. Add lime zest, and if desired, add tequila and triple sec. Divide batter into the two pans. Bake according to cake mix package directions. Cool on rack for 10 minutes; remove from pans and continue to cool. Frost when cake is completely cool.

Thin white frosting to spreading consistency. Spread on bottom layer, top with remaining layer. Finish frosting top and sides of cake. Garnish with lime twists and strawberries.

Makes 10-12 servings.

Source: Wilton Industries
Date: May 18, 2003


Reviewer: Erica
Reviewer: Nicole
This was an AMAZING cake! The combination of flavors was wonderful, and it was incredibly moist. I left out the lime zest by accident, but I don't think anyone noticed. I used a 12 oz. can of frozen margarita mix, and it was perfect. Thanks for the great recipe!

Reviewer: Allyson Fennell
I was afraid this dessert wouldn't go over well because it's so different. Well, I served it after a Mexican themed meal and everyone loved it. I made cupcakes instead of a cake, and instead of buttercream frosting, I made an icing using lime juice and confectioners sugar. (Use a little water too to keep it from getting too tart.)

Reviewer: Amanda
This cake is FANTASTIC! I received so many compliments at the picnic we attended. I made my cake with the bottled margarita mix and left out the triple sec. I then baked it in a sheet cake pan. Since I had the limes anyway, I thinned the frosting with about a tablespoon of the lime juice. This cake is very moist & delicious...ENJOY!

Reviewer: Shawneen
Delicious and moist! People at work were even able to guess the flavor instead of me telling them. I used 1 1/3 cups of margarita mix from a bottle instead of the frozen. I attempted to layer it but it was a little too soft and would recommend sticking to a sheet cake. Topped it off with buttercream flavored with lime juice and a little bit of tequila.


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