Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake

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Tequila! That seemed like such a simple ingredient when the competition 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 a Frozen Watermelon Margarita, one of my favorites!

Your guests are going to love this Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake!! cookingwithcurls.com

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!

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!

Grab yourself a nice big slice of this delicious Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake! cookingwithcurls.com

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!

How to  make Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cake pan with baking spray, set aside.

Beat eggs, oil, and sugar together with a mixer.

Add the watermelon pucker, orange liqueur, and tequila, mix to combine.

Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally.

Add raspberry/pink gel food coloring, about 1/8th teaspoon, and mix until evenly colored.

Pour batter into prepared pan(s), cupcake liners. Do not fill more than 3/4’s full.

  • 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.

To make the Glaze:

While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Place powdered sugar in a bowl.

Add the alcohol.

Whisk to combine until smooth.

For “Bundt Shots” – dip each bundt into glaze and place on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet.

For Bundt Cake – 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.

Allow cakes to cool completely before serving.

For the cupcakes – allow to cool completely before frosting.

Pipe a ring of frosting around edge of cupcake. {Buttercream Frosting recipe – see note below}

Sprinkle ring with clear sugar crystals.

Fill center with additional frosting.

Trim a straw to fit in the cupcake.

How to make Watermelon Margarita Bundt Shots:

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cakes Bundt Shot Collage cookingwithcurls.com

Aren’t they so cute?

How fun are these Bundt Shots Your guests will love these Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cakes at your next party!! cookingwithcurls.com

How to make a Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Bundt Cake:

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Bundt Cake Collage cookingwithcurls.com

How to make Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cupcakes:

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cupcakes Collage cookingwithcurls.com

The cupcakes are topped with Watermelon Margarita Buttercream and “rimmed” with coarse sugar….

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cakes topped with watermelon margarita buttercream!! cookingwithcurls.com

These are all made with the same recipe, I just used different pans and cooking times. I 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!

What is Watermelon Pucker?

Watermelon Pucker 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…sorry! Any 10 – 12 cup bundt pan will work.

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake glazed and sprinkled with pink sugar! cookingwithcurls.com

Notes:

  • 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

Tools used to create this recipe: contains affiliate links

Noric Ware Blosson Bundt Pan – mine are Nordic Ware but Amazon does not seem to have them.

Noric Ware Blosson Bundt Pan

Wire Cooling Racks

Round Wire Cooling Rack for large Bundt

The taste of these cakes kind of reminds me of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. 🙂

Enjoy!!

Your guests are going to love this Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake!! cookingwithcurls.com

Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake

Your guests are going to love this Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Cake!! It is basically a Watermelon Margarita baked into a Cake!!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cake, cocktail, tequila, watermelon, margarita, cinco de mayo, party, recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups super fine sugar
  • cups watermelon pucker
  • ½ cup high-quality silver tequila
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liqueuer cointreau, tripple sec
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ cup non-fat dry milk powder
  • 3.4 ounce instant vanilla pudding mix one package
  • 2 ¾ cups cake flour I used Queen Guinevere Cake Flour

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar see note about Bundt Shots
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons watermelon pucker
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons high-quality clear tequila
  • ½ Tablespoon orange liqueuer

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cake pan with baking spray, set aside.
  • Beat eggs, oil, and sugar together with a mixer.
  • Add the watermelon pucker, orange liqueur, and tequila, mix to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients and beat until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally.
  • Add raspberry/pink gel food coloring, about 1/8th teaspoon, and mix until evenly colored.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan(s), cupcake liners. Do not fill more than 3/4s full.
  • 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.
  • While cake is cooling, prepare the glaze. Place powdered sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the alcohol.
  • Whisk to combine until smooth.
  • For "Bundt Shots", dip each bundt into glaze and place on a wire rack sitting on a baking sheet.
  • 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.
  • Allow cakes to cool completely before serving.
  • For cupcakes, allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • Pipe a ring of frosting around edge of cupcake.
  • Sprinkle ring with clear sugar crystals.
  • Fill center with additional frosting.
  • Trim a straw to fit in the cupcake.

Notes

  • 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 Frosting 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

Nutrition

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 86mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.3mg

 

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37 Comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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,
    Joanne

  8. 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. 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 : )

    Amanda

  10. 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. Your recipes look so delicious and the photos are outstanding. Thanks so much for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday. I know everyone will enjoy your recipes, they are all winners.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon,
    Joanne

  12. 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.
    Blessings,
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread.com

  13. All three options turned out so beautiful looking! I shared the bundt cake on our facebook page a few days ago, and I’m pinning all 3 posts you shared at Saturday Dishes!
    Thanks for sharing with us- hope to see you back this weekend!

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