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Margarita Cake

May 4, 2010

In honor of Cinco de Mayo and the large volumes of alcohol I will be drinking this weekend (just kidding, Mom…), I made a margarita cake today! Although the recipe wasn’t quite what I expected, it was still really delicious. I thought it would be more lime-y instead of lemon-y, and I had to use triple sec instead of tequila, but all those who tried a piece enjoyed it and gobbled it down, per usual.

Margarita Cake

Margarita Cake, with a recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

1¾ cups granulated sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup lemon or plain yogurt

½ cup superfine sugar
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (preferably Mexican limes)
2 Tbsp tequila (I used triple sec, which is also used in margaritas)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9×13-inch cake pan.

2. Prepare cake: Combine sugar, butter, baking soda and salt in a mixing bowl and beat until blended. add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Add the flour and yogurt alternately, beating well after each addition.

3. Spoon the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

4. Prepare glaze: Combine sugar, lime juice and water in a saucepan and mix well. Cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Stir in the tequila.

5. Assembly: Invert the warm cake onto a serving platter and brush with the glaze until it is absorbed (Instead, I left the cake in the cake pan and spread the glaze on. This allowed the glaze to settle on the edges of the cake and absorb in there, adding more flavor. You could also poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork and let the glaze absorb in the middle that way). Let stand until cool. Slice and garnish each serving with a twisted lime slice and a dollop of whipped cream.

*Note: I have not tried this, but I would like to see this recipe done as a Jell-O cake. To do this, one would prepare lime Jell-O by making it from a package and doing everything necessary except for letting it set. Then, you would poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork and pour the liquid Jell-O mixture onto the cake, covering the entire cake and letting it absorb the Jell-O. I think this would give it a more “lime” taste, instead of a lemon taste, which this cake possesses. If anyone tries it, let me know – I would like to see the outcome! The Jell-O would also turn the cake green, which I think would look better for presentation.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lori Puckett permalink
    May 4, 2010 6:25 pm

    mmm! I’d probably spare some agave in replacement of tequila (triple sec) on the frosting for Cinco de Mayo! (but why waste’r on cake when in Margaritaville on May 5?) Be sure to dance the Maqa raana (sp) for me!

  2. September 27, 2010 4:24 pm

    I will be drooling at this cake, love having the present of magarita

  3. anabela martins permalink
    September 27, 2010 6:48 pm

    Delicioso, vou levar a receita comigo 😉

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