It's been kind of cold to sip on a margarita, but there is no reason why we shouldn't enjoy this flavor in our cake. Isn't the color so pretty and timely for Valentine's Day?
At first glance this looks like a girly dessert, but rest assured I have been feeding this to men; my husband, contractor's currently working in my house and my boys...all have loved this cake. It really is delicious.
For the strawberry margarita flavor, I used Bacardi Daiquiri Mixer and then added tequila to make it margarita-esque. The tequila added a nice background flavor, not that sharp boozy taste you often get when alcohol is added to a dessert like this.
I flecked the whipped cream with lime zest and sprinkled French Grey Sea Salt on top to mimic the salt around the edge of a margarita glass.
I used my 2-1/2" biscuit cutter to make the little rounds. Biscuit cutters are extremely handy to have around the kitchen. Once you cut out the rounds, you will be left with the unused edges of the cake. Cut the leftovers into squares and make mini trifles that include whipped cream and strawberries too. You don't want the extra cake to go to waste.
Strawberry Margarita Cake Bites
- One package white cake mix
- 3 egg whites
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup Bacardi Strawberry Daiquiri Mixer (if you buy the frozen one, thaw it first)
- 1/3 cup tequila (I used Patron silver)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 2 Tablespoons lime zest plus more for garnish
- French grey sea salt or fleur de sel
- fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine cake mix with egg whites, water, oil, strawberry mix and tequila. Beat for 2-3 minutes on high until smooth.
- Pour batter into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish that has been greased and floured. Bake for 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely. I like to serve my cake cold for this recipe so you can refrigerate for up to one day at this point.
- Using a 2-1/2-inch biscuit cutter, cut 12 circles out of the cake (more if you can).
- Make the whipped cream by beating the heavy cream, sugar and lime zest until stiff peaks form.
- Garnish each cake round with more lime zest, sea salt and fresh strawberries.
I also refrigerated the cake until serving time. It was a nice touch to serve it cold...just like an icy margarita!!
This will be a big hit when you serve it.
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