Happy Cinco de Mayo! I could not help but do a Cinco de Mayo party inspiration today. This Sunday is going to be a fun filled day with great food and great margaritas. I can not wait!
For great Cinco de Mayo printables visit Pizzazzerie.com. They have some great invitations and cocktail cards for your party.
One of my favorite things to make for Cinco de Mayo is margarita cupcakes. Here is my favorite recipe:
For the Cupcakes:
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, at room temp
3 limes, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup tequila (or half tequila/half orange liqueur, optional)
For the Tequila-Lime Buttercream:
2 cups sugar
8 egg whites
3 sticks butter, room temperature
2 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp Tequila
lime zest and wedges, for topping
fleur-de-sel, for garnish
Preheat oven to 325. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners or baking spray.
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar on a high until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next one.Add lime zest and lime juice. Add vanilla.
Turn mixer to low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated. Fill each muffin cup ~3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pans at the halfway point.
Allow cupcakes to cool completely in the pans before removing. While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with tequila or tequila/orange mixture if desired.
To make the frosting, place the stand mixer bowl over a simmering pot of water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water). Whisk the sugar and egg whites until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture registers 160 degrees with a candy thermometer.
Place bowl on the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until the mixture is cool and holds stiff, glossy peaks (approximately 10 minutes).
Change to the paddle attachment and beat in one tablespoon of butter at a time on medium. The mixture might appear curdled but keep beating, it will pull back together.
Add lime juice and 1 Tbsp tequila. Increase speed to high and beat until the frosting reincorporates and is smooth and fluffy. Beat in remaining tablespoon of tequila, if desired.
Frost the cooled cupcakes with the buttercream as desired. Garnish with lime zest, lime slices, and fleur-de-sel.Recipe courtesy of Tide & Thyme
And who can forget the Margaritas! That is the best part of the celebration. Here is my favorite recipe:
Cinco de Mayo Margaritas
1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
1 bottle light beer
1 can frozen limeade
1 can water
*If Sauza® Blue Silver isn’t available, try Sauza® Silver
Pour limeade and beer into a pitcher with ice. Fill limeade can with Sauza® Blue Silver and pour into pitcher. Finally, add a can of water, stir and enjoy.Recipe courtesy of Love from the Oven
Hope everyone has a wonderful time and always be safe!