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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!

Here is the printable recipe for you.

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

Margarita Cake

Published By Jill
5 from 3 votes


Cake Ingredients

  • 6 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 4 C sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C Whole milk
  • 1/2 C lime juice
  • 1 C tequila
  • 4 tbsp lime zest
  • 3 round 9 inch cake pans
  • 1 round 10 inch cake board
  • 1 cake leveler
  • Lime slices for decorating
  • Lime zest for decorating

Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 C unsalted butter softened
  • 3 C shortening
  • 12 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp grated lime zest
  • 6 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for decor
  • Sugar sprinkles for decor
  • 1 large piping bag fitted with star tip



  • Preheat and grease cake pans with pam 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 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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I’m going to make this today for a party on Saturday.. Should I freeze it until then or just keep refrigerated?

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

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? 

Hi Emily, Yes. I think changing to butter will be fine.

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


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