These Boozy Margarita Cake Balls made with tequila and triple sec are the perfect boozy sweet treats for adults.
If you love margaritas, then you’ll enjoy these delicious round balls of goodness.
The bite-size margarita balls are super easy to make and fantastic to serve at Easter brunch, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and enjoy poolside during the summer.
Of course, you have to make sure to keep these boozy cakes away from the children.
How to Make Boozy Margarita Cake Balls
First of all, to make the Boozy Margarita Cake Balls you’ll need to bake a cake.
You will need to add eggs, oil, tequila, triple sec, lime zest and juice to the cake mix and cook it.
Second, once the cake bakes and cools break it into crumbs.
Next, place the cake in a bowl and add the buttercream frosting to it, along with tequila, triple sec, powdered sugar, and lime zest.
After the cake ball mixture is mixed together cover the bowl and chill it in the fridge.
Once the cake mixture is chilled roll it into 1 inch balls, place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 45 minutes.
Third, remove the margarita balls from the fridge and melt the chocolate.
I used a Wilton Candy Melting Pot for melting my chocolate..
Last, dip each ball into the chocolate and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Immediately after sprinkle them with coarse sugar and lemon zest.
Don’t these cake balls look tasty? You can make them and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them at your gathering.Print
These Boozy Margarita Cake Balls made using tequila and triple sec are the perfect boozy sweet treats for adults.
- 1 box white cake mix (I used Pillsbury)
- 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup tequila plus 1 Tablespoon
- 1/4 triple sec cup plus 1 teaspoon
- Juice and zest of 2 limes, divided
- 1 tub Pillsbury buttercream frosting (you could also use vanilla or key lime)
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 12 oz bags Wilton white candy melts (1-2 bags)
- Coarse sparkling sugar
- Optional: Wilton bright green candy melts
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 10 x 13 baking pan and set aside.
2. Line a large cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, add the cake mix, oil, eggs, 1/2 cup tequila, 1/4 cup triple sec and the juice and zest of 1 lime. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.
4. Spread the cake batter into a greased 10 x 13 pan and bake for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
5. Allow cake to completely cool.
6. Once cooled, use 2 forks to break up the cake into small crumbs. Place cake crumbs in a large mixing bowl.
7. Add the tub of buttercream frosting, 1 Tablespoon tequila, 1 teaspoon triple sec, juice of one lime and powdered sugar to the cake crumbs. Mix well. Cover and chill for 30 minutes for easier handling. (Save the lime for lime zest in Step 12).
8. Shape the chilled cake mixture into 1 inch balls and place on the lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 45 minutes. (Freezing is important and eliminates any cake ball crumbs falling into the melted chocolate).
9. Melt the white candy melts in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring occasionally (or use a Wilton candy warmer).
10. Dip the chilled cake balls into the melted white chocolate. Insert a toothpick into each cake ball and spoon the chocolate all over to cover each ball. Allow any excess chocolate to run off each cake ball before placing on the lined cookie sheet. When you remove the toothpick from each cake ball, fill the small hole with melted chocolate from the spoon.
11. Immediately sprinkle with coarse sugar before the chocolate hardens.
12. Sprinkle lime zest on top of each sugared margarita cake ball.
13. Allow 20 minutes for the white chocolate to completely harden.
Use a bit more more tequila if you want your cake balls to have a stronger alcohol taste.
If you want more of a green color to your cake balls, melt 1/4 cup of Wilton bright green candy melts. Drizzle on top of each margarita cake ball.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Margarita Balls, Cake Balls, dessert, tequila, triple sec, Cinco de Mayo, Easter Brunch, entertaining,