Margarita Cake

This is the perfect cake for Cinco de Mayo. Who doesn’t love a margarita? This cake tastes just like the drink. The cake is flavored with lime and one cup of tequila. The lime buttercream frosting just balances the cake. It’s so moist and oh so good, I dare you just to eat one slice.

Margarita Cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Decorating 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 39 minutes
Servings 14 Slices
Author Jennifer Grooms


  • 6 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream 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 9inch cake pans
  • 1 round 10inch cake board
  • 1 cake leveler
  • Lime slices for decorating
  • Lime zest for decorating


  • 3 C unsalted sweet cream 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


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


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

Decorating directions

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

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