Spiked cupcakes anyone?

On Saturday one of my best friends celebrated her 27th birthday by having a good old-fashioned apartment house party!  One particular friend is known for her famous “margarita cupcakes” (and initiating the limbo) and the concept is truly as amazing as it sounds.  When I say margarita cupcakes, I mean the cupcakes taste like margaritas and are followed by a graceful shot of tequila.  So you can imagine how the limbo turns out later…

Anyway, here is the recipe and a picture so you can get the idea… I am telling you, it’s GENIUS!

RECIPE

(serves 30 mini cupcakes)

Shots:

1 bottle of tequila

30 shot glasses

5 limes sliced into sixths

Cupcakes:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)

2/3 cups sugar

3 eggs (room temperature)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Zest of two limes

Beat the butter until pale, then add the sugar. Add one egg at a time, blend until all incorporated. Then add in flour baking powder and salt, followed by the margarita mix. Then add the zest. Fill lined mini cupcake pan with batter 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for 18 minutes. Makes 30 mini cupcakes. 

Frosting:

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

1/2 cup shortening

4-5 cups powdered sugar

2 T. Tequila (Use margarita mix to substitute the Tequila and lime juice if you prefer or want an alcohol free version )

1T. fresh lime juice

Beat butter and shortening until smooth, then add powdered sugar along with tequila and lime juice or margarita mix. Once you’ve frosted the cupcakes sprinkle on with coarse salt.  (props)

[SHORTCUT VERSION:  Make a boxed version of cupcakes and substitute margarita mix for water & squeeze a lime into vanilla frosting.]

Either way, they’re delish!

Speaking of tequila…if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my old age (kidding, kidding) it’s that once the thrill of being able to legally drink surpasses, you really go back to your high school roots and appreciate the luxury of a shindig in the comfort of your own home.  On one of my favorite blogs A Cup of Jo, I read about a hilarious party theme that legitimately had me laughing out loud at my desk.  The writer, Joanna Goddard, and her husband host an annual “Staring Contest Party” at their apartment.  While it sounds a little off kilter, I think after viewing the photos below, you will agree it is a ridiculous and hilarious idea (that you may need to try for yourself).

See?!? HILARIOUS!  I’m laughing again!  Great, now it’s only Tuesday and I’m thinking about the weekend….sigh.

What’s your favorite party theme?  What out of the ordinary rendezvous have you attended or heard of?

XOXO

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