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One of the problems I have with all the holiday baking is that it tends to be a Sweet Overload. My taste buds can take only so much sweet before they rebel. Somehow my mother came across a recipe for a cake that's not sweet. It has a slightly tart taste, and it can definitely be the hit of any holiday party.
I've mentioned the Christmas Eve feasts I held at the Target store I worked in for many years. The first year I had it, Mom baked one Margarita Cake that I took with me. That one cake lasted 45 minutes before it was nothing but stray crumbs on the bottom of the cake stand. The next year, I brought two Margarita Cakes. Those two cakes lasted 30 minutes. The last year I held one of my Christmas Eve feasts, SIX Margarita Cakes were brought in. They lasted an hour. The most common remark made about them was "This isn't sweet like all the other stuff, and that's why I love it." Evidently I'm not the only person who has picky taste buds. After you read the ingredient list, you may think you know why I had the happiest group of cashiers in the biz!
- 1 package yellow cake mix (approximately 18½ ounces)
- ¼ cup butter or margarine, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 envelope Margarita powdered cocktail mix
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup orange liqueur
- ¼ cup tequila
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. butter
- 1 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
- 1 tbsp. Kahlua coffee liqueur or strong coffee
The most difficult ingredient for me to find was the powdered margarita mix, but I did find it (and stock up on it). It's essential for the recipe.
If you bake one of these, don't expect it to last very long once people find out that it's not the run-of-the-mill sweet confection.
You won't get drunk eating margarita cake, but you certainly will enjoy yourself!