Total Time: 40 mins

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Yield: 24 servings

Dish: Cupcake Pans



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons tequila
  • 1 grapefruit zested and juiced
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 1 Tbsp tequila (to brush cupcakes after baking)
    • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
    • 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
    • 1 tablespoon tequila
    • pinch of coarse salt


    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Line cupcake pans with liner cups (24 total) 
    3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, water, citrus zests, citrus juices and tequila until smooth
    4. Add box of cake mix, beat well
    5. Spoon batter into cupcake pans, about halfway up each one
    6. Bake in the oven for about 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
    7. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Use cooling racks if you have them.
    8. Once cooled, brush tops of cupcakes with tequila
    9. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the butter on high speed about 5 minutes, or until fluffy
    10. Slowly add the powdered sugar to butter, mix until combined
    11. When just combined, add the citrus juices, tequila and salt
    12. Spread icing onto each cupcake
    13. Enjoy!


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