Cinqo de Mayo Recipes

Sweet and Salty To Satisfy Your Cravings

Cinqo de Mayo Recipes

"Estoy en estos pastelitos como el blanco del arroz." Roughly translated, I’m on these cupcakes like white on rice!

Such a yummy treat for Cinqo de Mayo. If only I could actually bake…

Margarita Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 pkg (18.25 ounces) white cake mix 
1 can (10 ounces) frozen Margarita mix thawed (undiluted)
3 egg whites 
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 
1 tablespoon lime zest grated

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line standard muffin pan with baking cups.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, Margarita mix, egg whites and vegetable oil using electric mixer. Stir in lime zest; mix completely. Fill prepared pans 2/3 full.
Bake 22-24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
Cool in pan on cooling rack 5-8 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely. 
Cool cupcakes, frost with icing and garnish with a lime twist.

Lime Frosting 
8 oz  package cream cheese, softened 
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel 
1 tablespoon lime juice 
5 cups confectioners' sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, and stir in the lemon peel and lime juice. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl thoroughly with a spatula after each addition.

Photo: The Cupcake Blog

Sweets not your thing? Perhaps a salty snack with a Mexican twist is what you’re looking for this Cinqo de Mayo?

Chilli n’ Lime Popcorn

Make plain popcorn as usual.
Sprinkle on 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp cumin, dash of salt. Shake rigorously to distribute powder evenly. 
Pour into large bowl. 
Squeeze some fresh lime juice over popcorn just before serving. Ole!



Holy Guacamole; It's Fiesta Time!

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With These Tasty Recipes

Holy Guacamole; It's Fiesta Time!


I’ve only been to Mexico once, I gag at the sight of Tequila and piñatas make me nervous. So why do I get so excited about Cinco de Mayo?  Ola? Perfect excuse to eat Mexican food...aka the tastiest food in the americas. 

For past fiestas we’ve made enchiladas or set up a fajita or taco bar. This year we’re keeping it simple. Our menu includes:

Grilled Mushroom Quesadilla, refried black beans and mexi rice (yes, from a package). Served with a simple mexi salad—shredded lettuce, topped with a trio of sour cream, salsa and a GIANT blob of fresh guacamole (guac recipe below) this meal screams "Ola amigas!"

I simply fry them up on the stovetop, but I have my eye on a quesadilla maker and have dropped multiple hints that it would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift. This madre wants her quesadilla grilled, sealed and served by her own personal cabana boy, por favor.

This Cinco de Mayo, may your avocadoes be ripe (but no too ripe because mushy avocados are a major disappointment) and your margaritas strong and bottomless. *That last point may or may not also apply to the cabana boy.


Here are a few 'key phrases' to get you in the fiesta frame of mind. I'm certain you'll find these quite useful or my name isn't Jennifer Lopez.

"Tengo la goma en el pelo." I have gum in my hair.

“No escriba en mi gato por favor.” Please don’t write on my cat.

"Eso es lo que ella dijo." That’s what she said!

“Tu madre dormio con un payaso de circo.” Your mother slept with a circus clown.

“El burro asada es delicioso!” The roast donkey is delicious!


Party Mummy’s Holy Guacamole

2-3 ripe Haas avocados mashed
2 tsp lemon or lime juice (to prevent avocado from turning brown)
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/8  cup diced onions (Spanish, Vidalia or White)
Black pepper and garlic powder to taste


Combine all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate a few hours prior to serving (if possible) to allow flavours to intensify. 

Turkey Gorditas and Luke Perry and THESE are other family fiesta faves!