Make This Margarita Cake Your Summer Party's Centerpiece

5 years ago

You know I love to bake cakes. You know I love to make cocktails. Now I'm getting crazy and putting the two together!

Last week when I was gathering ingredients for my margarita recipe, I had this idea to turn a margarita into a cake. I wanted to base it on the classic gelatin poke cake, but add a few ingredients to turn it up a notch. I think the results are truly unique and quite delicious! You'll find the wonderfully simple recipe below.

Since the Fourth of July is just around the corner, I included some of my other favorite recipes that would go perfectly with this recipe! Read on for party dip ideas, delicious sangria recipes to wash it all down, and fun and festive decorating ideas. After reading this post you'll be all set to throw a magically scrumptious and unforgettable summer party!

Now let's bake this cake!

While the cake cools let's whip up the icing and prepare the gelatin.

Some sliced lemons and limes make an easy and attractive garnish. It doesn't get much more simple!

Time to slice a piece. And let me tell you, if you like margaritas you are going to love this cake.

And don't worry, if you don't like tequila or don't drink, no problem! Just substitute more water or some lemonade. With those substitutions, you'll have yourself a lemon-lime cake.

Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? I think margaritas and cake are a match made in heaven!

Margarita Cake

Here's what you'll need…

1 package white cake mix (plus water, eggs, oil)
1 tsp lime zest
1 cup boiling water
1 package (3 oz.) lime flavor powdered gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup cold tequila
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1 package instant yellow pudding
1 cup plain yogurt
Lemons and limes for decorating

Let's get baking…

Prepare the cake batter as directed on package, but also add the lime zest. Bake as directed on for 13 x 9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 minutes. Pierce cake with wooden skewer or fork across the entire top. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl stirring until completely dissolved. Then, stir in tequila and cold water. Once mixed, pour over cake. Refrigerate for about two hours.

Next, make the frosting. In a medium bowl whisk together whipped topping, yellow pudding mix and plain yogurt.

Add icing to your cake. Decorate with slices of lemons and limes.

Cut, serve, and enjoy! Cheers!

Additional Recipes to Round Out Your Party

Since summer is all about soaking up the sun and spending time with friends and family, I thought I'd share some other ideas for easy entertaining.

Sangria, as you know, is my go-to drink. It's simple and it looks fabulous! It's also super-versatile, so you can make it any way you like it. One of my favorite combinations is strawberry and peaches!

For even more Sangria recipes check out my collection of twenty unique recipes.

Another party essential are dips. I'm a huge fan because they are always packed with flavor, and painless to whip together. One of my favorite dip recipes is this one for Sun-Dried Tomato Spread. My family loves it!

If you need more dip ideas, I've got you covered. I scoured Pinterest for dozens of the most fabulous recipes. Check out my list here.

And what's a party without fabulous homemade decorations? These @center/276964/60-days-summer#/280175">paper star medallions are one of my favorite go-to decorations. They are so simple to make, and are extremely cost-effective. Plus, you can choose papers that suit your theme, whether it's a garden party, birthday bash, or even the Fourth of July.

For even more Red, White, and Blue themed decorations check out my Patriotic Party Ideas. I've uncovered oodles of fun ideas and recipes to make your celebration unforgettable.

Now you are officially all set for your next big party. You have dynamic decorations, delicious dips, creative cocktails, and a fabulous cake. Sounds like the ingredients for a perfect summer celebration!

Plus, all these ideas won't break the bank or keep you stuck inside prepping while everyone else is having fun.

Though, as evident in this picture below, being inside baking cakes is obviously pretty darn fun too.

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What creative and unique ideas are you planning to make your summer unforgettable?

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