Who says cupcakes can’t have a touch of sophistication and a hint of party spirit? Say hello to pineapple margarita cupcakes! The perfect fusion of lime and tequila, all wrapped up in a delightful little cupcake. Whether you’re celebrating Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or simply craving a unique and delicious treat, these margarita cupcakes are here to elevate your baking game and bring a fiesta to your taste buds!

Pineapple Margarita Cupcakes

The magic of pineapple margarita cupcakes: a fluffy cupcake bursting with tangy lime flavor, a hint of tequila that adds a touch of excitement, and a buttery frosting that mimics the smoothness of a margarita on the rocks. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, get ready to make it a reality! They are the ultimate way to channel your inner mixologist and pastry chef, all in one bite!

how to make pineapple margarita cupcakes


cupcake :

  • 1 ½ C cake flour 
  • 1 ½ C all-purpose flour 
  • 1 C granulated sugar 
  • 1 ½ t baking powder 
  • 1 ½ t baking soda 
  • 3 small limes, zested 
  • 3 small limes, juiced 
  • ¾ C unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 ½ C pineapple puree 
  • 2 T tequila, blanco
  • 3 large eggs 
  • ¾ t salt
pineapple margarita cupcakes

frosting :

  • ½ C cream cheese, room temp 
  • 1 C unsalted butter, room temp 
  • 3 ½ C powdered sugar 
  • 2 T tequila, blanco
  • 1 ½ T lime juice 
  • ¼ t salt


To make pineapple margarita cupcakes, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and lining a cupcake pan with paper. In a large bowl combine cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, lime zest, and salt. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. 

Add softened butter to the bowl and beat with a hand-held mixer for around one minute. Stir in the egg, one at a time, and continue to beat with a mixer. Next, add pineapple puree, lime juice, and tequila. We used one of our favorite blanco tequila, Suerte. Mix on medium speed for two minutes. 

Place cupcake batter into the pan and bake for 18 – 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the oven, and let rest for an additional five minutes. Let the cupcakes completely cool before frosting. 

To make the frosting, combine butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer until smooth. Next, add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in. Add lime juice, salt, and tequila, and beat the frosting for 3 – 4 minutes on medium speed. 

Once the cupcakes are cooled, pipe the frosting with a pattern of choice. Finally, garnish with a pineapple slice or additional lime zest. 

Buon Appetito!

*These cupcakes do contain alcohol. Enjoyed by adults only, please. 


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We made our own dehydrated pineapple slices, which were very easy to make, and added such a cool touch to our pineapple margarita cupcakes. Detailed recipe and instructions coming soon! In the meantime you can grab some decent ones from Amazon!

Suggested Pairing

Come on, is it obvious? Try out one of our favorite margarita recipes, the coconut blood orange margarita. What could go wrong? A delicious pineapple margarita cupcake in one hand and a crushable margarita in the other. Life is good!

pineapple margarita cupcakes
pineapple margarita cupcakes

pineapple margarita cupcakes


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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