Margarita Cake with a Sugar Cookie Crust #NationalMargaritaDay

Happy National Margarita Day, everybody! My good friend, the fabulous Heather of girlichef, has brought a wonderful group of bloggers together to celebrate this glorious holiday.
Margarita cake with a sugar cookie crust | gotta get baked
You are OBLIGATED to spend your entire day drinking margaritas. It’s the law (no, it’s not but let’s pretend that it is). Just got out of bed? Slam back that frosty drink. Just finished your Saturday morning grocery shopping? Sip your way to relaxation. It’s finally after twelve noon? Keep that blender going and top up that pitcher! Seriously, today, it’s always five o’clock. By three p.m. you should barely be able to stand up but make sure your hand is firmly secured around your glass.

I really really love alcohol. So it was a no brainer when Heather asked if I wanted to contribute something. I had a lot of fun coming up with something sweet ‘n delicious. I didn’t add alcohol to my dessert but you can bet I’ll be washing it down with booze!

I made a lemon ‘n lime cake and topped it with a lemon ‘n lime sugar cookie crust, sprinkled with lime-zest-infused sugar. I wanted my dish to have the classic margarita flavours with that pretty coloured sugar.
Margarita cake with a sugar cookie crust | gotta get baked
Margarita (Lemon ‘n Lime) Cake (adapted from Baking Bites)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp lime zest
1 tbsp lemon zest
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and lightly grease.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, sugar, egg, lime zest and lemon zest. Stir in half of the flour mixture.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the milk, lime juice and lemon juice. The mixture will curdle. Add the liquids to the large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the remaining flour and mix only until no streaks of flour are visible. The batter will be thick.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and using a rubber spatula or spoon, spread it into an even layer.

Lemon Lime Sugar Cookie Crust

For the sugar cookie crust, I used this recipe from Feed Me Seymour. I didn’t change much (just reduced the sugar from 1 1/2 cup to 1 cup) so please click on the link to access the original recipe.

Sugar Topping

Combine the zest of one lime (or lemon or both!) and 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Using your fingers, rub the zest and sugar together until fully incorporated and fragrant.

Assembly and Baking:

Bake the cake for 15 minutes then pull it out of the oven. Using your hands, drop bits of the cookie batter over top of the cake until the entire surface of the cake is covered. I only used about 75% of the cookie batter (I didn’t want the cookie top to be thicker than the cake portion) and used the rest to make cookies. You can use your fingers to smooth the top. Sprinkle the zesty sugar over top.

Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes. The cookie will be puffed and slightly golden.
Margarita cake with a sugar cookie crust | gotta get baked
Oh mama was this good.

I stored it at room temp just loosely covered with plastic wrap and four days later, it still tasted amazing. Use a very sharp knife to cut the bars cause you want to get nice straight edges through the cookie layer.

The cookie and cake tasted amazing together. The texture of the cookie was almost creamy, with a fabulous crunch from the sugar topping. I had to bring these bars into the office to photograph because I made them late last Sunday night and there’s zero natural light when I get home after work during the week. As soon as my photo shoot was done, I shared these with my coworkers and they demolished them. I think this has had the best reception out of all the desserts I’ve brought in!
Margarita cake with a sugar cookie crust | gotta get baked
I hope your day is delicious and boozy and full of margaritas! Need some inspiration? Check out what everyone’s bringing to the party:


Margarita Bites:

51 thoughts on “Margarita Cake with a Sugar Cookie Crust #NationalMargaritaDay

  1. Nancy!
    oh my gawd, I love this cake! it’s so pretty and perfect! Lemon ‘n lime cake and topped it with a lemon ‘n lime sugar cookie crust, sprinkled with lime-zest-infused sugar???!!! WOW. Perfection. Bet this tastes amazing!!! Happy National Margarita Day to you!!! Cheers!

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  8. This cake looks amazing, I need to try it!! And thanks for letting me know it’s National Margarita Day– I need to go make one, since you did say I’m obligated to drink all day long. I wouldn’t want to let you down… Lol. 🙂

  9. I did not know it was National Margarita day however, now that I do – I have an obligation to slam back a few and I will! This cake looks wonderful and since everyone in our house likes margaritas – I will be making this cake with that amazing sugar cookie crust!!

  10. LOVE this scrumptious cake…made EVEN better with a cookie crust! Gorgeous slices…the sugar topping and good dose of lime zest make for such a beautiful presentation!

  11. After reading this post, I get the feeling you’d be able to drink me under the table. Geez, I haven’t been able to booze it up such as you describe since I was in college. If I were to attempt to do so again, I’d need this cake to soak up some of the alcohol. It looks delicious.

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  14. Well, I would hate to not listen to the law and not drink margaritas if it is their day, it would almost be insulting 😛
    Right, I think I will need 4 pitchers maybe?
    Or maybe I just to eat your incredibly delicious looking cake! 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I just love your baking posts Nancy, you are the baking queen! This looks stunning and honestly I can just imagine the wonderful flavors of the lemon and lime in it…I just love citrus in baked goods! I laughed too when you said you “really love, love love alcohol” LOL!!

  17. “I really really love alcohol.” I love it when somebody admits that. Because yeah….so do I. And especially tequila. Additionally, “sugar cookie crust” is making it’s way into my next dessert. I’m not sure how, but it will happen. Because those three words right there just won my heart forevers.

  18. Nancy, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get out of bed again without thinking “Just got out of bed? SLAM back that frosty drink!!” If only right? haha. Except not really for me, because I don’t even drink. Instead I am just going to make this cake-sugar-cookie-thing and eat. all. of. it. With extra lime zest, thankyouverymuch.

  19. Ooh girl so my brother’s having his Eagle Scout ceremony this weekend and I was planning on making a towering cake using your pb whipped chocolate frosting that looks like freaking ice cream…but this? I might have to make instead. !!!! It just looks so good!

  20. I missed it. I feel like I just had a death in the family. I MISSED MARGARITA DAY! Oh the wasted tequila! Oh the time spent sipping on my Malibu bay breeze instead. How did I miss it, I should have known.
    Your cookies however looks divine! I think its smart to leave things like tequila out of baked goods. Once I made cupcakes… that was just a disaster…. Stick to the chicken and jello shots.

  21. I had to bow my head when I read this title, you know why? because I’m ashamed to say I didn’t celebrate National Margarita day…sad huh?! I guess I just have to makeup for it right?! Maybe by making these lovely bars? Thanks for the awesome recipe girl! Have a wonderful week 🙂

  22. Any kinda cake with a crust made out of cookies will get my attention instantly. Plus lemon and lime? Girl. I will only take my margaritas in cake form from now on, thank you.

  23. I don’t know how you came up with the idea to combine cake and sugar cookies and didn’t even know it was possible but I love the idea and I love the flavours in this! I don’t order or make fancy drinks like margaritas often, mostly because I’m lazy and cheap, but I do love them and I love booze inspired desserts! I guess I missed out on margarita day but these would be great for cinco de mayo too! (not that I celebrate that either but I should start!)

  24. I really, really love alcohol, too. I don’t think I could deal with certain aspects of life without it. I work for a doctor that believes she’s better than everyone, which means I need to throw one or two back every once in awhile. This cake looks amazing. Any booze-infused cake is my kind of cake. Love this!

  25. I have no doubt that your coworkers loved this dessert! It sounds fabulous! I love the layers and the flavors have got to be bangin’. I never even knew it was National Margarita Day but after reading this I’m ready for a belated celebration!

  26. If only I knew I was OBLIGATED to spend my entire day drinking margaritas, i would have drank without reservation. The desert is outstanding…it looks delicious!

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