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6 Desserts to Try If You Love Margaritas

Margarita Cake
Photo by sarahwalker

It's what's for dessert in Margaritaville.

Enjoy the sweet, salty, limey, tequila-tinged flavor of your favorite Mexican cocktail in these margarita-inspired desserts. They're the perfect way to top off a Cinco de Mayo feast — or any fun-in-the-sun meal. After all, you can have too many margaritas, but can you ever have too much cake?

Related: See our entire collection of margarita cocktail recipes.

1. Margarita Cake

This easy cake starts off with orange cake mix and gets flavored up with lemon juice, tequila, and triple sec liqueur. To finish, drizzle with a glaze of confectioner's sugar, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, then grate lime zest over the top. You could sprinkle over just a touch of flaked sea salt if you want that salt-kissed margarita vibe. Tip: Some reviewers substituted lemon or vanilla cake mix, or used OJ in the batter if they couldn't find orange cake mix.

2. Frozen Margarita Pie

A light and airy mousse of whipped cream, condensed milk, limeade concentrate, tequila, and orange liqueur is folded together with a hint of green food coloring to make the filling for this pretzel-crust frozen pie. Tip: You could follow Christina's lead and decorate the top with more whipped cream and thinly sliced lemon wedges. So pretty!

More: Get tips to make whipped cream.

Frozen Margarita Pie
Photo by Christina

3. Margarita Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

If you want a dessert that tastes like margaritas but with none of the booze, try this simple cake topped with a cream cheese frosting flavored with lime juice and grated lemon peel. Tip: To make cupcakes, pour the batter into a lined cupcake pan and bake at 350 degrees F for only 15 to 20 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick or wooden skewer into the top; if it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. As always, cool completely before frosting.

Margarita Cake with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo by camp0433

4. Margarita Balls I

Think rum balls but with tequila. Finely ground vanilla wafers and almonds get smooshed together with melted white chocolate, tequila, orange marmalade, and a bit of light corn syrup to form a mixture you can roll into balls and coat with sugar. Let them "mature" in the fridge for a few days before serving to an adults-only crowd. Tip: kmeyer42 added a squeeze of lime and a shot of orange liqueur to amp up the flavor.

5. Cinco De Mayo Margarita Ice Pops

"This boozy popsicle recipe is so fun to share and tasty to enjoy, especially because of the smoothness added by using condensed milk!" says mystinkypete. "Add a bit of other juices, such as guava, orange, or grapefruit juice, for variation." Tip: You'll dip the ice pops in margarita salt before serving. And of course, you can omit the tequila if you're serving this to an all-ages crowd.

Cinco De Mayo Margarita Ice Pops
Photo by Buckwheat Queen

6. Layered Margarita Jell-O® Shots

Lime gelatin and orange gelatin are layered up to make the cutest ever Cinco de Mayo Jell-O shots. To make adult versions, add the tequila and the triple sec recommended in the recipe. Tip: Give yourself plenty of time to ensure each layer is fully chilled and solidified before adding the next layer.

More: Get tips to make the best Jell-O shots.

Layered Margarita Jell-O Shots
Photo by gnomeygoose

More: Find top-rated Cinco de Mayo recipes.

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).