Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake & spiked! recipe challenge: tequila

Tequila!  That seemed like such a simple ingredient when it was announced, but them I could not decide what to make.  I wanted something unique, and over the top, and then I started over thinking it!  My first choice was…..

watermelon margarita, one of my favorites!  Would that be too ordinary?  It didn’t sound exotic enough.  So I started dreaming up some kind of chocolate tequila cheesecake.  But I could not seem to wrap my head around the idea of tequila and cheesecake…together.  Then what would I call it?  I didn’t want a long descriptive name, but there was no cocktail that I could come up with that would work as a cheese cake.  See what I mean about over thinking it!
Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake by cookingwithcurls.com

So two days before the contest begins, I finally went back to my original idea…..Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake!  I even made watermelon margaritas for Cinco de Mayo, so it was meant to be…

Watermelon Margarita WM

Last year I had a Cinco de Mayo party and made bundt shots for dessert.  I made watermelon margarita, pina colada, and regular margarita, the colors of the Mexican flag, and placed them each in a giant margarita glass.  This was before I even knew what a food blog was, so there are no pictures 🙁   These babies are addictive!  They are like donut holes…for adults!  Each time someone would walk across the room, they would grab another one.  So decision made, my entry in the Spiked! Recipe Challenge will be Watermelon Margarita Bundt Shots.  But what if people don’t have four mini/teacake bundt pans to make them?  Well then, I shall give you options!

Option #1 Bundt Shots…..

Bundt Shot Collage WM

Watermelon Margarita Bundt Shots WM

Option #2 Bundt Cake…..

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake Collage WM

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake cookingwithcurls.com

Option #3 Cupcakes…..

Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Collage WM

Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes WM

These are all made with the same recipe, I just used different pans and cooking times.  I probably should have added color to the glaze on the big bundt.  I was not expecting it to turn out white!  I ran out of daylight, so maybe tomorrow I will cut into the cake and sneak in a photo of the inside 🙂  The reason why I did not color the glaze for the bundt shots, is because it would have turned my fingers pink…for days!

For those of you wondering what watermelon pucker is…..

Bundt Shot Alcohol

it is a sweet & sour watermelon schnapps.  If you can only find watermelon schnapps, just mix it half and half with lime juice.

Now for that cool cake pan, it is a retired Nordic Ware Chrysanthemum pan.  I bought a couple of them on ebay last year and just sent one to my mom for Mother’s Day.  Any 10 – 12 cup bundt pan will work.

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake by cookingwithcurls.com

The taste kind of reminds me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher…..Enjoy!

Update: I came back in and posted some additional photos.  The lighting was slightly better today, and I needed individual photos to pin!

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Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake(s)

Serves 14+
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert
A Watermelon Margarita, baked into a cake!


  • For the Cake
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 Large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 Cups super fine sugar
  • 2/3 cups watermelon pucker
  • 1/2 cup high-quality silver tequila
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liqueuer (cointreau, tripple sec)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour (I used Queen Guinevere Cake Flour)
  • For the Glaze
  • 1+ cup powdered sugar*
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons watermelon pucker
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons high-quality clear tequila
  • 1/2 Tablespoon orange liqueuer


Bundt Shot Pan Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cake pan with baking spray, set aside.
Bundt Shot Liquid
Beat eggs, oil, and sugar together with a mixer.
Bundt Shot Add Alcohol
Add the watermelon pucker, orange liqueur, and tequila, mix to combine.
Bundt Shot add Dry
Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally.
Bundt Shot add Color
Add raspberry/pink gel food coloring, about 1/8th teaspoon, and mix until evenly colored.
Bundt Shot Fill Pan
Pour batter into prepared pan(s), cupcake liners. Do not fill more than 3/4s full.
Bundt Shot Baked
Bake mini/teacake bundts for 12 minutes. Original Bundt for 47 - 55 minutes. Cupcakes for 17 - 19 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Glaze Sugar
While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Place powdered sugar in a bowl.
Glaze Alcohol
Add the alcohol.
Glaze Whisk
Whisk to combine until smooth.
Bundt Shot Glazed
For "Bundt Shots", dip each bundt into glaze and place on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet.
Watermelon Margarita Bundt Glaze
For Bundt, place cake on a wire rack over a large plate and pour glaze over cake with a large spoon.
Move cake to a clean plate, and reuse glaze from first plate.
Watermelon Margarita Bundt Pink
Allow cakes to cool completely before serving.
Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Baked
For cupcakes, allow to cool completely before frosting.
Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Frost Sugar
Pipe a ring of frosting around edge of cupcake.
Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Sugar
Sprinkle ring with clear sugar crystals.
Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Frost
Fill center with additional frosting.
Watermelon Margarita Cupcakes Straw
Trim a straw to fit in the cupcake.


*Glaze- Bundt Shots will take twice as much glaze as a regular bundt cake. Double or triple the recipe for full coverage.

For the Frosting- I use my regular buttercream recipe, but substitute 2 teaspoons watermelon pucker, 1 teaspoon tequila, and 1/2 teaspoon orange liqueur for the flavorings. Color with the same gel coloring that is used for the cake.

A bundt cake will serve 12 - 16 depending on the size of your slices.

This recipe will make:
1 full sized bundt cake OR
4 pans of mini/teacake bundts OR
24 cupcakes



  1. says

    I absolutely love the way you gave so many ideas for this Lisa! I have that same mini cake pan and have yet to use it. This is the best recipe to try it out! They all unmolded so well. And ANYTHING with booze in my kitchen is very, very welcome.

  2. says

    All three variations are so pretty, and the recipe sounds delicious!! I definitely want to give this one a try! On a side note, I have that same rainbow placemat. : )

  3. says

    OMG!!! Lisa these all look amazing… but I must say that the watermellon margarita looks super refreshing. You are so stinking creative with your recipes and take GREAT photos… I could eat the screen right now. YUM!

  4. says

    Oh so awesome! Now I want a watermelon margarita…and it’s not even 6a.m.!! I love the rimmer of sugar on the cupcakes! Too cute! Did you know that UV just came out with a “salted watermelon” flavor?

  5. says

    You had me at watermelon. I LOVE watermelon I ate an entire personal-sized watermelon once and learned the hard way that is a bad idea… This looks like a much safer and fancier alternative!

  6. says

    Lisa, all of them look so amazing! I especially love the cake. I found you at the I Gotta Create party and I’m definitely pinning it!

  7. says

    I don’t know which version of this recipe I should make. The mini bundt cakes are adorable but I do love the cupcakes. The kids would love those. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday Anything Goes.

    One of the FFF co-hosts,

  8. says

    The little bundt shots are definitely my favorite {in looks!} but I love the overall recipe! Think I have seen the Watermelon Pucker at one of our larger liqueur store :/ Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party and I am now sharing this at Google+ !

  9. says

    Umm, yum! I’m not the biggest watermelon person, so I think I’d switch it out for strawberries – my fave type of margarita!

    Thanks so much for linking up at Martha Mondays last week! I hope you come back by this week as well : )


  10. says

    I’ve just posted my Tasty Tuesdays link party on my blog & wanted to tell you that this recipe has been featured & that I’m now following you socially! Don’t forget to grab our features button and link up again!

  11. says

    So many great ideas! I love the cute cupcakes. I pinned them. Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up with Saturday Dishes Cakes & Party ideas.
    Diane Roark


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