For my Birthday we started with individual 7 layer dip cups, labor intensive, but fun to serve!
Second layer is sour cream, you could flavor this with taco seasoning but I wanted the sour cream to be white.
Next layer is Guacamole, either homemade or store bought.
I added a good Pico de gallo for the next layer.
Followed by shredded Mexican cheese.
Sliced olives and scallions complete the 7 layers.
Add a couple tortilla chips with extra on the table, cuz two will not do!
A from-scratch cupcake and frosting inspired by the delicious Margarita cocktail.
For the lime cupcakes
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs at room temperature
3 limes, zested and juiced
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Tequila (optional)
For the frosting
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon lime juice
5 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 325. Prepare muffin tins with paper liners or baking spray.
- Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside. Cream butter and sugar on a high until pale, light, and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
- Add eggs one at at time, mixing thoroughly before adding the next one.
- Add lime zest and lime juice.
- Turn mixer to the low. Add the dry ingredients in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk in two batches. Mix only until just incorporated.
- Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer shows only moist crumbs attached, rotating the pans at the halfway point. Allow cupcakes to cool completely in the pans before removing.
- (Optional) While the cupcakes are still warm, brush the tops with tequila.
- To make frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
- Stir in the lime zest and 1 tablespoon of lime juice.
- Beat in the confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl thoroughly with a spatula after each addition.
- Spread the frosting on your cupcakes, I used a piping bag with a tip.