Margarita Cake

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This Margarita Cake is like a full margarita cocktail in cake form. Yes, it’s got lime and tequila!

I love a good margarita recipe. If I’m going to have a cocktail, that’s what I’ll be ordering. Why not take my love of the drink and make it into a cake?! After all, I did turn my love of Baileys Irish Cream into a cake!

Margarita Cake

This cake is a delicious vanilla recipe with lime juice, lime zest and yep, tequila (a whole cup). You can use whichever brand of Tequila you’d like – we used Patron this time. Just use whatever you’ve got laying around.

Another key ingredient in this is the vanilla. Always use real vanilla and not imitation. It’s easy to spot, just look for the word ‘pure’ on the bottle. The flavor is a game changer.

This margarita cake would be great for a birthday party – I know I would love to blow the candles out on this cake! I’ve seen so many fun taco theme 30th and 40th birthday parties that this would be perfect for.

Also it would be fun to make for Cinco de Mayo as well. Heck, this cake is great anytime.

This Margarita Cake is like a full margarita cocktail in cake form. Yes, it's got lime and tequila!

Other Margarita Recipes:

Strawberry Margarita Cake

No-Bake Frozen Margarita Pie

Margarita Truffles

Strawberry Margarita Bread

Margarita Popsicles

This Margarita Cake is like a full margarita cocktail in cake form. Yes, it's got lime and tequila!
5 from 4 votes

Margarita Cake

This tender triple layer Margarita Cake is like a full margarita cocktail in cake form. Yes, it's even got lime and tequila!
Servings: 9
Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 55 minutes


Cake Ingredients

  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole milk
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 4 tablespoons lime zest
  • Lime slices for decorating
  • Lime zest for decorating

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups shortening
  • 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grated lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for decor
  • Sugar sprinkles for decor



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease cake pans with baking spray, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat together the egg whites and vanilla until combined.
  • Gradually beat in the flour ingredients and milk until combined.
  • Beat in the lime juice, tequila, and lime zest until combined.
  • Divide the batter between the 3 cake pans.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool completely.

Frosting Directions

  • Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients into the mixer and beat until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks.
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag and set aside.

Decorating Directions

  • Using the cake leveler, remove the domes from the cakes to level them out.
  • Place one cake round onto the cake board.
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the cake and smooth evenly.
  • Place the second cake round onto the top of the frosting.
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the second cake layer and smooth evenly.
  • Place the last cake round onto the top of the frosting.
  • Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake.
  • Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake.
  • Place Lime slices onto the frosting.
  • Zest a lime all over the top of the cake.
  • Place into the fridge for an hour to allow the frosting to harden up a bit.
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!

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  • 3 round 9 inch cake pans
  • 1 round 10 inch cake board
  • 1 Cake leveler
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with star tip


Calories: 3063kcal | Carbohydrates: 317g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 194g | Saturated Fat: 96g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Monounsaturated Fat: 60g | Trans Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 330mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 248g | Vitamin A: 3862IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 4mg


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9 comments on “Margarita Cake”

  1. I want to make this cake soon, but do you think that the egg whites in a carton would work in cakes?

  2. We are alcohol free here…would sprite or 7up work in place of the tequila. I realize it will change the flavor, but we have a recovering alcoholic in the family

    1. Jill, the alcohol will bake out but you could try that. I would think that any flat lemon lime soda will work fine.

  3. Veronica Woodmansee

    Hi, I’m just wondering if it would work to substitute cream cheese for the shortening in the frosting of the margarita cake?

  4. Hello! I am wanting to try this cake out for my husbands birthday! However he isn’t a huge fan of shortening. Could I just use 6 cups of butter for the icing? 

  5. I’m going to make this today for a party on Saturday.. Should I freeze it until then or just keep refrigerated?

    1. It should be fine by then putting it in the fridge…hope you love it as much as we do!