2 Margarita Cake Recipes~ Strawberry & Lime

The following 2 recipes are for Margarita Cake. There is the traditional lime flavor as well strawberry. Great for Cinco de Mayo or any hot summer day! At the end, read about how the Margarita drink got it name.

Strawberry Margarita Cake Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup bottled strawberry-flavored nonalcoholic margarita drink mix
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • egg whites as called for in cake box recipe
  • Substitute applesauce for vegetable oil in the recipe
  • 1 TBSP grated lime peel
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Fresh strawberries and a thin slice of lime for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Very lightly grease bottom only of 13×9-inch pan.
  3. Add enough water to drink mix to measure 1 1/4 cups.
  4. In large bowl, beat cake mix, drink mix, applesauce and egg whites on low speed 2 minutes.
  5. Pour into pan.
  6. Bake and cool and directed on box.
  7. Gently stir lime peel into whipped topping and then spread over top of cake.
  8. Garnish with strawberries and a twisted slice of lime.
  9. Store covered in refrigerator.

Lime Margarita Cake Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely crushed salty pretzels
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups bottled nonalcoholic margarita mix
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 TBSP grated lime peel
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Additional grated lime peel for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan).
  2. Grease bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with shortening and lightly flour
  3. In medium bowl, mix pretzels, sugar and butter.
  4. Sprinkle pretzel mixture evenly on bottom of pan and press gently.
  5. In large bowl, beat cake mix, margarita mix, apple sauce, 1 TBSP lime peel and the egg whites with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds.
  6. Beat on medium speed 2 more minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
  7. Pour batter over pretzel mixture.
  8. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown and top springs back when touched lightly in center.
  9. Cool completely, about 2 hours.
  10. Frost with whipped topping;
  11. Sprinkle with additional lime peel.
  12. Store covered in refrigerator.

Thank you, Better Crocker!

The Legend of Margarita:

There are several different versions of how the drink got its name…

1. A wealthy but foolish caballero was in love with a beautiful young woman named Margarita. Blinded by his infatuation, he had a drink created in her honor by the local bartender and invited her over to share drinks with him, hoping to get her into bed. She could hold her liquor better than he could. He awoke the next morning – no Margarita and no wallet.

2. Francisco “Pancho” Morales is credited with the creation of the first Margarita in 1942. He created a mixture of tequila, cointreau and lime juice and named it “Margarita.” Pancho died in El Paso, 1997.

3. The Margarita was named after Margarita Sames of San Antonio. The drink was especially created for her for a Christmas party she was hosting in Acapulco in 1948.

4. Back inte 1930’s an actress named Margorie King claimed to only be able to drink tequila. It was quite unladylike back then to drink tequila straight, so Danny Herrera, the owner of Rancho La Gloria, created the drink so that she could have her alcohol and maintain her image.

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