Margarita Birthday Cake

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This citrusy layer cake is flavored with lime zest and the frosting is made with tequila, cheers!

Margarita Layer Cake - there is even tequila in the frosting;-)

A few weeks ago, my friend’s husband threw her a fabulous 30th birthday party.  There were chefs cooking Mexican food, plenty of drinks to go around, do-it-yourself ice cream sandwiches and finally this margarita cake.  For my friend that loves all things Mexican food and all margaritas, I couldn’t think of a better birthday cake to finish off the event.  These cake layers are light and citrusy, flavored with a bit of lime zest, and the frosting has just the right amount of tequila to satisfy any margarita lover.

I didn’t get a photo of the inside of the cake since I didn’t want to slice it ahead of time, but everyone who had a slice loved it.  This is such a fun celebration cake during the summer.  I’ll definitely be making it again.

Margarita Layer Cake - the prefect summer birthday cake

Margarita Layer Cake
Adapted from this vanilla bean cake
Makes 1 2-layer 9-inch cake; serves 12

Margarita Cake Layers

8 fluid ounces (1 cup) milk, at room temperature separated (skim, low fat or whole will work)
120 grams / 4 1/4 ounces (~4 large) egg whites, at room temperature
50 grams / 1 3/4 ounces (~1 large) whole egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
300 grams / 10 5/8 ounces (~1-1/2 cups) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lime zest (~2 limes)
350 grams / 12 3/8 ounces  (~3 cups) cake flour, sifted
9 1/2 grams (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) baking powder
5 grams (3/4 teaspoon) salt
85 grams / 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
85 grams / 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) vegetable shortening

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour two  9-inch round pans and line bottoms with parchment paper
In a medium bowl whisk together the egg whites, whole egg, 1/4 cup of milk and vanilla; set aside
In the large bowl of an electric mixer use your fingers to rub the lime zest into the granulated sugar, this will help to release the flavor from the zest; then, with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar / lime zest, sifted flour, baking powder and salt together on low speed for just 30 seconds
Add the butter and shortening; mix on low speed for 30 seconds; add remaining milk and mix again on low speed until just moistened, about 30 seconds
Increase mixer to medium speed and beat for 1 1/2 minutes
Scrape the sides of the bowl add the egg/milk mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition; do not overmix
Divide the batter into prepared baking pans; bake for 29-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center of each layer
Set cake layers aside to cool for 10 minutes then carefully remove each layer from pans; run a knife around the edge of each layer for easier removal
Once cake layers are completely cooled, use a serrated knife to carefully cut each layer in half horizontally, creating 4 cake layers; set aside and make buttercreams

Margarita Frosting

312 grams / 11 ounces ( 2 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
113 grams / 4 ounces regular or light cream cheese
400 grams / 14 ounces (~2 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
1 fluid ounce / 2 tablespoons tequila
1 tablespoon lime zest (~lime)
1 gram / 1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer on high speed or until light and creamy
Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix on low speed for one minute; add additional cup and mix on low for one minute again; add remaining sugar, tequila, lime zest and salt
Mix on low speed for one minute and then scrape the sides of the bowl; beat on high speed for several minutes or until buttercream is light and fluffy

Note:  Cake best served within 24 hours; store leftovers tightly covered with seran wrap to avoid drying up to three days

Margarita Birthday Cake - the prefect summer celebration cake

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11 Responses to “Margarita Birthday Cake”

  1. Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 7, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    I love boozy cakes like this! It looks great!!

  2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic July 7, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    What a delicious looking cake! I love margaritas so this is something I really appreciate :)

  3. Kathy @ Olives & Garlic July 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Did you say Margarita?! Ok, I’ll take the whole cake. :) Yum, must make. Pinned.

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 7, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    So can I stick a straw in this and slurp it up!? Sounds great.

    • Keep It Sweet July 10, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I like the way you think:-)

  5. Kathryn July 8, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    I’ve never been one to turn down a margarita but I think I might like one in cake form even more!

  6. Joanne July 8, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    I made my brother margarita cupcakes for his birthday one year, but I think they’d do even better as a cake! Mostly because…layer cakes just excite me. So fun!

  7. Jody July 8, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    This sounds wonderful. I’m thinking I might brush the cake layers with Countreau (sp?) or Triple sec or even just orange juice before icing.

    • Keep It Sweet July 10, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      That is such a great idea, Jody!

  8. ATasteOfMadness July 12, 2014 at 12:37 am #

    Awesome. Now I know what to ask for for my birthday: this cake! This looks amazing!