Margarita Cake for Cinco de Mayo

Last night was full of all my favorites:

Good friends, good food, good booze. Mmmmhmmm.

Once the clock struck 5:00, we fired up the margarita machine and toasted to the Cinco de Mayo festivities.


To make the margaritas, I used some good ‘ol tequila, along with this Sinless Margarita mix. The company sent it to me a couple months ago to try out, and I’d been saving it for a special occasion.


We were all pleasantly surprised with the flavor of this mix. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasn’t as “oh-my-god-this-is-sweet” as some other mixes are. For only 5 calories a serving, we were all sold…and a couple of us celebrated with more than one.


Ohhh, don’t worry, nobody got crazy. Winking smile

While we were waiting for a couple more of the girls to arrive, a few of us snacked on some tortilla chips, salsa, and Healthier Guacamole.


I seriously could eat this stuff by the spoonful…well, actually, I did while I was making it soooo……


Once we were all here, I got to work on cooking up the meat and prepping our taco station. Thankfully, I had done some of the work ahead of time, so dinner was ready in a flash.

Make Your Own Taco Bar!


I had hard taco shells and soft tortillas, ground beef and ground chicken,


refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, Mexican blend cheese, sour cream,


and my girl Eileen brought a rice and bean dish that had a serious kick to it.


I dug right in for my share: 2 whole wheat tortillas filled with beans, chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, a little sour cream, and extra guac.


Like I said, I can’t get enough of the stuff.


Everything was delicious, but I had to make sure to save room for dessert. I’d been waiting all day for this thing!


Margarita Cake!

*edited to include recipe*



I enjoyed every last bite of my piece…


…but my favorite part is definitely the salty and sweet crust.


I made sure to send a bunch of it home with the girls…my waistline is already thanking me.


This morning, I ran a nice three miles on the treadmill, but realized halfway through that I probably should have gone outside. Apparently, it’s just second nature to head down there, so I guess I’m going to have to work on that.

Breakfast was nothing you haven’t seen already this week…iced coffee

And this awesome stuff.


By the way, thanks to everyone on your input regarding my kitchen table choices. I’m still not sure what I’m leaning towards more, but both Jen and Melissa did make some pretty valid points about table #2 (round table = round placemats, which I don’t have, and round table base = extra dusting) so we’ll see!

Of Possible Interest:

Starting today through May 15th, Starbucks will be offering half-price Frappuccinos for Happy Hour from 3-5pm. So just in case anyone needs to find me around 3pm today, now you know where to find me.

Question for the Day:

How would you tackle a Taco Bar? What are your favorite mix-ins?


    • Courtney says

      The company actually sent it to me to sample, but if you click on the link it will bring you to their website and you can order from there. :)

  1. says

    Awesome spread! I wud head for lettuce, then chicken, then salsa, guacs, greek yog and then crumble a taco shell on top! Yum- had that for lunch and my mouth still waters at the thought of it!

    What was the dessert exactly? Couldn’t make out!

  2. says

    That cake is darling! I love it!

    I have difficulty with taco bars. Somehow, I can never gauge an appropriate amount to put into the tortillas and they always end up spilling over. Truth be told, I could eat just guac and tortillas and be a very happy camper! 😀

  3. says

    Ohhhhh that cake looks so good! I wish I had made it. I love how you healthified your Cinco de Mayo. I will find another excuse to make this cake because it is just too darn cute :-) I attack a taco bar with intensity and focus, fitting as much into a tiny taco as humanly possible ;-). I like veggie tacos but occasionally like to add some chicken.
    Jamie aka “Sometimes Healthy” Girl recently posted..Sometimes Healthy Catching Some Z’s

  4. says

    I loved everything in your taco bar! I would probably add some grilled bell peppers, or mole sauce, but your party food sounded awesome. Especially that cake 😉 I wish I could’ve been there to snag some of that cake…
    Liv @ The Salty n’ Sweet recently posted..A Mexican Evening

  5. says

    omg. that cake! i want some! lol.

    i love tacos w/ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato and olives!
    i’m not a fan of shredded meat in tacos. hahahaha.

  6. Jillian says

    Such a fun night with the girls!!! That cake looks amazing, and the crust- even better. You truly are a master of all things baked!! I am SOO impressed with your cupcakes. Forget teaching – DC Cupcakes here you come :)


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