You know I love to bake cakes. You know I love to make cocktails. Now I’m getting crazy and putting the two together!

Last week when I was gathering ingredients for my margarita recipe I had this idea to turn a margarita into a cake. Using the basic idea behind the classic gelatin poke cake, I could add in a few ingredients to turn this cake up a notch.

I think the results are truly unique and quite delicious. I have yet to do a google search to see if this exact recipe has already been created, but this particular version is the product of my own imagination!

As usual, I snapped some pretty pictures along the way. The recipe, which is wonderfully simple, is towards the bottom of the post.

And with the Fourth of July just around the corner, I included some of my other favorite things that would go perfect with this cake! Party dip ideas, delicious sangria recipes to wash it all down, and fun and festive decorating ideas. After reading this post you’ll be all set to great a magically, scrumptious, and unforgettable party!

Now let’s bake this cake!

While the cake cools let’s whip up the icing and prepare the gelatin.

Some sliced lemons and limes make an easy and attractive garnish. It doesn’t get much more simple!

Time to slice a piece. And let me tell you, if you like margaritas you are going to love this cake.

And don’t worry, if you don’t like tequila or don’t drink, no problem! Just substitute it for more water or some lemonade. With those substitutions, you’ll have yourself a lemon lime cake.

Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds! I think margaritas and cake are a match made in heaven!

Margarita Cake

Here’s what you’ll need…

1 pkg.  white cake mix (plus water, eggs, oil)

1 tsp lime zest

1 cup boiling water

1 pkg. (3 oz.) Lime Flavored Gelatin

¼ cup cold water

¼ cup cold tequila

1 tub (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed

1 pack instant yellow pudding

1 cup plain yogurt


Lemons and limes for decorating

Let’s get baking …

Prepare the cake batter as directed on package with the addition of lime zest. Bake as directed on for 13×9-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with wooden skewer or fork across the entire top.

Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl stirring until completely dissolved. Then, stir in tequila and cold water. Once mixed, pour over cake. Refrigerate for about two hours.

Next, make the frosting. In a medium bowl whisk together whipped topping, yellow pudding mix and plain yogurt.

Add icing to your cake. Decorate with slices of lemons and limes.

Cut, serve, and enjoy! Cheers!


Since summer is all about soaking up the sun and spending time with friends and family, I thought I’d share some other ideas for easy entertaining.

Sangria, as you know, is my go to drink. It’s simple and it looks fabulous! It’s also super versatile so you can make it any way you like it.

One of my favorite combinations is strawberry and peaches!

Strawberry Peach Sangria 

For even more Sangria recipes check out my collection of twenty unique recipes.

Very Pinteresting – Twenty Sangria Recipes


Another party essential are dips. I’m a huge appetizer fan because they are always packed with flavor and painless to whip together.

One of my favorite dip recipes is this one for Sun-dried Tomato Spread. My family loves it!

Sun-dried Tomato Dip 

Need more dip ideas, I got you covered. I scoured Pinterest for dozens of the most fabulous recipes. Check out my list here.

Very Pinteresting – Delicious Dips


And what’s a party without fabulous homemade decorations? These paper star medallions are one of my favorite go to decorations. They are so simple to make and extremely cost effective.

Plus, you can choose papers that suit your theme be it a garden party, birthday bash, or even the Fourth of July.

Star Medallions  

For even more Red, White, and Blue themed decorations check out my Patriotic Party Ideas. Oodles of fun ideas and recipes to make your celebration unforgettable.

Very Pinteresting – Red, White, and Blue


Now you are officially all set for your next big party. You have dynamic decorations, delicious dips, creative cocktails, and a fabulous cake. Sounds like the ingredients of a perfect summer celebration.

Plus all these ideas won’t break the bank or keep you stuck inside working and prepping while everyone else is having fun.

Though, as evident in this picture below, being inside baking cakes is obviously pretty darn fun too.

What creative and unique ideas to you have to make your summer unforgettable?

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!

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  • Liz at

    Great ideas, as always Michael! The cake looks fab and easy too, I will have to try it. Have a great weekend!

  • Eva from ~ Sugar Shack Studios ~ at

    I can’t resist a good margarita and therefore I am completely compelled to make this. Tomorrow. I can’t wait! Michael you are tearing it up, these ideas are fab, I love the pinterest boards!

  • Anonymous at

    Going to try this recipe for July 4th. When it says yellow pudding, do you mean Vanilla or Lemon??

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