Sunday, May 1, 2011

Katelyn's Birthday & the Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Katelyn celebrated her birthday on Saturday and you know we had to make it special. We decided to go to dinner at Crockmeir's and I volunteered to make her a sweet treat. I asked Katelyn what theme she wanted for her cupcakes. Her first response was "almost 30?" but we ultimately decided on cocktails! I have seen a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes on Wilton's website, but Katelyn and I always like a fruitier flavored rita. So I figured I would tweak the recipe and go with a strawberry margaita cupcake with a strawberry buttercream icing. Here is the recipe for the cupcakes:


Cupcake Batter:
  • 1 pkg (18.25 ounces) white cake mix or  I used French Vanilla
  • 1/4 can (2.5 ounces) frozen Margarita mix thawed
  • 3/4 can (7.5 ounces) frozen concentrate Strawberry Daquiri mix thawed
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon strawberry extract
  • 5 drops of red food coloring
Decorations: ** I picked most of these up at Party City
  • Plastic Margarita glasses
  • Pink baking cups
  • Strawberries
  • Umbrella Straws
  • Candy Lime and Lemon Wedges
  • Curling Ribbon
  • Decorative Sugar
Cupcake Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line standard muffin pan with baking cups.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, 1/4 of the Margarita mix can, 3/4 of the can of Strawberry Daquiri, egg whites and vegetable oil using electric mixer until mixed completely and batter is smooth. Fill prepared pans about 2/3 full. I always use an ice cream scoop to make it a little more even.
Bake 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on cooling rack 5-8 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely.

Icing Instructions:
In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer. Add strawberry extract and food coloring. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. Can add more food coloring until the right shade of pink. When all sugar has been mixed in, the icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Putting it all together:
Before icing the cupcakes, I made sure the tie the curling ribbon to the glasses. I then rimmed the glasses with the sugar. To do this, you could use an actual lemon or lime slice to wet the rim then roll it in the sugar. Since I didn't have a lemon or lime, I wet a paper towel with lemon juice and wet the rim of the glass and then rolled it in the sugar. I then assembled the rest! Here is how it all turned out:

Here is invitation I made for Katelyn's Bday Dinner
Mixing up the batter
Perfectly Pink and Fluffy Icing
Some of the glasses rimmed with sugar

On each glass I attached a tag stating "Happy Birthday Katelyn!"

I sliced up fresh strawberries and fanned it out on each cupcake

I cut the straw and put it in the cupcake and added a candy lemon and lime wedge to the rim

No, Cesar is NOT apart of the recipe! haha

I put a little icing in the bottom of the glass to give it a little more weight & stability

Everyone enjoying Katelyn's Bday Dinner and Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Birthday Girl!