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Boozy Margarita Cake Balls

Boozy Margarita Cake Balls

  • Author: Kim Seghers
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 dozen 1x


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.
14.   ENJOY!!


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,