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Recipe: Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t like my frosting too sweet, but feel free to add more powdered sugar if you desire.

24 mini cupcakes

–cupcakes
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs(at room temperature)
1 1/2 limes (zested and juiced)
2 tbsp silver or blanco tequila
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup half and half
–Tequila Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
3/4 tsp lime zest
1 1/2 tsp silver or blanco tequila
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 lime cut into small wedges for decorating

–cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 325˚ F with the rack in the middle. Line a mini cupcake pan with 24 liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 5 minutes until pale in color. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Mix in the lime juice, zest, tequila, vanilla and buttermilk.
Place the batter in the muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full.
Bake 12-14 mins or until a wooden skewer comes out virtually crumb free. Let the cupcakes cool completely before removing them from the pan.
While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting.
Clean the mixer bowl. With the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese together until well combined. Mix in the vanilla, lime juice, lime zest, tequila and salt. Mix in the sugar until you reach a creamy texture. *see notes
Transfer the frosting to a piping bag. Remove the cupcakes from the pan. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake and top with a lime wedge and small straw.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick & Easy Avocado Cilantro Dressing

This salad dressing is just as great on pasta salads as it is on green salad. Toss it with rice or barley, top your favorite fish with it…the uses are endless. In less that 5 minutes you can have this dressing ready.

2 cups salad dressing

1 ripe avocado
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cilantro (packed)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (not light)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 small garlic clove
salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adding more water if you want a thinner dressing.

Add more or less water to your dressing to thicken or to thin it out.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Quick & Easy Avocado Cilantro Dressing

This salad dressing is just as great on pasta salads as it is on green salad. Toss it with rice or barley, top your favorite fish with it…the uses are endless. In less that 5 minutes you can have this dressing ready.

2 cups salad dressing

1 ripe avocado
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cilantro (packed)
1/4 cup mayonnaise (not light)
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 small garlic clove
salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. Adding more water if you want a thinner dressing.

Add more or less water to your dressing to thicken or to thin it out.

~ Marla Meridith

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