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Margarita Cake

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