Margarita Cake

One of my favorite flavors is the simple yet beautiful combination of lime, lemon and orange. Or, more specifically, tequila, grand marnier, a wedge of lime and a delicate rim of salt. However, as sad as it is, there are days where I just can’t fix myself one of these divine cocktails. When I find myself in this situation, I turn to this cake. I don’t know what to say about this cake other than it is awesome.

This cake has the best flavors of a top shelf margarita, without the loopy side effects. Overindulgence in this sweet trip might get your jeans to feel a little tighter (it’s the dryer, I swear!) but won’t get you a DUI! It has a tender crumb, is perfectly moist, and the glaze….oh the glaze….

Margarita Cake
1 lemon cake mix
1 package vanilla instant pudding
4 eggs
1/2 cup applesauce
2/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup margarita mix with tequila included

3 cups powdered sugar
zest from 1 lime
juice from 1 lime
6 tablespoons margarita mix with tequila included

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, applesauce, orange juice, lime juice and margarita mix. Beat for two minutes.

Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
While cake is baking, combine the ingredients for the glaze.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Remove cake from pan and place on a rack to cool.
Pour half of the glaze over cake while its still warm.
When the cake is completely cooled, pour the rest of the glaze on the cake.

Alternate Preparations:
*If you would like to make this drink without the alcohol, simply use a margarita mix that does not have any tequila added.

*You may change any combination of the orange, lemon and lime flavors. For example, you can use a lemon flavored pudding with an orange flavored cake. Or lemon juice instead of lime juice. Whatever tickles your taste buds.

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