Tequila Lime Margarita Cake

Put down the cocktail pitcher and pick up your bowl and whisk, because is the ultimate party cake! A slightly boozy tequila cake with a tasty lime frosting, this one’s a crowdpleaser for any big occasion.
Tequila Lime Margarita Cake
  • 390g all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 336g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 414g Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 180ml milk
  • 60ml lime juice
  • 120ml tequila
  • 2 tbsp lime zest
How to make the Tequila Lime Margarita Cake


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C Line three 8-inch cake pans with baking paper in the bottom and grease the sides.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Leave to one side.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg whites and vanilla and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  5. Then add about one-third of the flour mixture to the batter, continuing to beat on medium speed until combined.
  6. Repeat step with milk.
  7. Repeat again with another third of the flour mixture.
  8. Next add in the lime juice, tequila and lime zest and continue beating on a medium setting until combined.
  9. Repeat step with the rest of the dry ingredients.
  10. Divide the batter evenly between the cake tins, ensuring they are spread evenly. 
  11. Bake the cakes for 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked (they should be slightly golden to brown).
  12. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes, then place them on a cooling rack.
  13. To make the frosting, add the butter and shortening to a large mixer bowl and beat until smooth.
  14. Slowly add about half of the Tate & Lyle Powdered Sugar, mixing until well combined.
  15. Then add lime zest and lime juice and mix.
  16. Gently add the remaining Tate & Lyle powdered Icing Sugar and mix until well combined. 
  17. If the icing is too thick, carefully add more lime juice.
  18. Trim the tops of the cakes so they are flat and fit evenly together.
  19. Place the first layer of cake on a cake stand then top it with about 1 cup of icing and spread out an even layer.
  20. Add the second layer of cake and another layer of icing.
  21. Top the cake with the remaining icing and also coat the outside of the cake.
  22. Finish decorating the cake with some swirls of the remaining icing and lime slices.