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Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes

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These gorgeous Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes just scream summer don’t they?

Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes

My favorite thing…

My favorite thing about these strawberry mango margarita cupcakes is just how gorgeous the colors are together. The contrast is so nice. But let’s talk about the flavors. Unlike the cocktail, these don’t contain alcohol which is great for those of us who don’t drink, but they still contain those delicious fresh flavors in the drink. Strawberry and mango, coupled with lime is a flavor combo match made in heaven.

What do they taste like?

Colorful strawberry-mango flavored vanilla cupcakes with strawberry mango frosting and strawberry lime decorations. Everything fresh, all in one bite!

Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes

What brand of food gel do you use?

I typically use two brands. Either Americolor (if I can get it) or Chefmaster. I find those two brands to give me similar results. In terms of food coloring, look, they’re not great for you. And there alternative brands which much more muted colors that are also natural, but my philosophy is everything in moderation and food colorings on special occasions.

Where can I find your buttercream recipe?

Well, I have a great selection of buttercream and frosting recipes, but you can find the American Buttercream frosting recipe that I used in this recipe here!

What brand of food flavorings do you use and where can I find them?

I use a range of flavorings. Pretty much any brand that is available to me. A great place to find them if you’re in Australia is at Spotlight. I gravitate toward a brand called Roberts.

How far in advance can I make these cupcakes? Won’t the limes go bad on top?

My general rule of thumb when adding fresh fruits on top of cupcakes is to add them right before serving. Because, yeah, they will dry out. Also, keep in mind, when adding fruits to cupcakes, they need about an extra 10-15 minutes of baking time, and they will only be good for about 2 days instead of the usual 3.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this simple but delicious strawberry mango margarita cupcakes recipe with me. Please comment in the comments section below, or feel free to share with your family and friends on social media. I’ll see you all on the following recipe. Happy baking!

N x

Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes

Strawberry Mango Margarita Cupcakes

Colourful strawberry mango flavoured vanilla cupcakes with strawberry mango frosting and strawberry lime decorations.

Serves 20

4.5 from 4 votes
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Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 209kcal



  • 3 1/2 cups / 430 g plain, all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups / 265 g caster, superfine sugar
  • 3 tsp / 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp / 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1/2 cup / 125 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 / 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml full-cream, whole milk
  • 1/2 cup / 125 ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp / 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt, or sour cream
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 4 / 4 drops pink food gel + 3 drops red food gel
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp strawberry flavouring
  • 4 / 4 drops yellow food gel
  • 1 tsp / 1 tsp mango flavouring
  • 2 tsp tequila, (optional)



  • 1 cup / 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 10 / 10 limes - cut into 40 wedges
  • 10 / 10 strawberries, washed & halved

Learn How To Make it! [VIDEO]



  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C (275°F) or a conventional oven to 160°C (320°F). Line two cupcake tins with the cupcake liners.
  • Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • Next, add the softened butter and mix on low speed until the mixture reaches a crumbly, sand-like texture.
  • Add the eggs, milk, oil, yoghurt, tequila and vanilla, and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds.
  • Split the batter into two separate mixing bowls. Add pink and red food gel to one bowl along with the strawberry flavouring and mix until well combined. Add yellow food gel and mango flavouring to the other bowl and mix.
  • Add both batters to two separate piping bags. Begin by piping yellow batter into your cupcake liners, then pipe swirls of red batter on top.
  • Bake for 40–50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  • To prepare the frosting, split into two mixing bowls. Add pink and red food gel to one bowl along with the strawberry flavouring and mix until well combined. Add yellow food gel and mango flavouring to the other bowl and mix.
  • Lightly brush the rim of each baked cupcake with a little bit of water. Gently roll the cupcake in sugar to give it the illusion of a salt rimmed glass.
  • Fit the end of a piping bag with an open star tip and frosting a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Add two wedges of lime on the side along with a strawberry cut in half at the front of each cupcake. Finish each cupcake with a paper straw before serving to complete the drink illusion.


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.


Calories : 209kcal
Carbonhydrates: 27g
Protein: 2g
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Trans Fat : 1g
Cholesterol: 12mg
Sodium: 124mg
Potassium : 34mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 10g
Vitamin A: 143IU
Vitamin C: 4mg
Calcium: 43mg
Iron: 1mg
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mary September 6, 2021 - 4:29 pm

Hello – I’m going to be trying some of your recipes. I’m from Canada so I’m unclear as to what full cream whole milk is – is it whipping cream? (35% fat) or is it whole milk (3.5%)? Thanks Also, how much tequila do you use in the recipe. The video shows it, but the recipe doesn’t have it written. Thanks again.

Nick Makrides September 19, 2021 - 2:06 am

Hi Mary, this is just regular full-cream cows milk. Not skim. I should really go through and get rid of that description. It’s left over from when my book was edited and published. I just updared the recipe for the tequila. It’s 2 tsp and goes in with the wet ingredients! 🙂 N x

Sarah Jeffrey January 19, 2022 - 5:49 am

Hi! I cannot find mango flavoring ANYWHERE! any suggestions for an alternative? Thanks so much! ♡ Sarah

Nick Makrides September 10, 2022 - 12:55 am

Hi Sarah, I’m not sure where you’re located! I’ve tried just adding mango puree and unfortunately it just doesn’t have a strong enough impact on the flavor.

Karly June 12, 2022 - 2:48 am

If I wanted to add tequila how much to the batter and frosting?

Nick Makrides August 1, 2022 - 10:59 am

I’d say no more than 2 tbsp N x


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