Cherry Margarita Pound Cake

Cherry Margarita Pound Cake
Have I mentioned how much I love margaritas cherries? I love cherry flavored desserts. And every baker needs a good, solid pound cake recipe. I’m fortunate to have a couple  that I   love!
My son and his friend made this pound cake a couple weeks ago, using lime juice. But me? I thought why not add in tequila instead. Perfect.
My hubs said he could taste the “zing” of the tequila, I sure didn’t think so. I think the “zing” he tasted was lime zest. BUT, if it’s called margarita cake, you have to have tequila. Don’t ya think?
This cake was so good I had to wrap up the leftovers and put them in the freezer for later use. To eat a whole pound cake in two days just is not good (for my waistline). So if you make this cake, invite a friend (ME) over for coffee, and share!
Cherry Margarita Pound Cake recipe
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Margarita Doughnuts
Cherry Beer Margaritas
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Cherry Margarita Pound Cake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


    For the Cake:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 small limes, zested (save juice)
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • For the Glaze:
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add in sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time (save whites for later in this recipe). Beat well after each egg yolk addition. Beat in lime zest and tequila (you can substitute 1/2 cup fresh lime juice if you prefer).
  2. In small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture, alternating with sour cream until fully mixed.
  3. In clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites at high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold gently into cake batter. Pour mixture into bundt pun (sprayed with nonstick baking spray with flour). Bake in a 325 degree oven for 85-90 minutes.
  4. Let cake cool about 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan then cool completely on wire rack.
  5. To make glaze, whisk together the sugar with lime and cherry juice. Drizzle over cooled cake. Enjoy!
  6. **recipe adapted from Callie Makes Do

39 Responses to “Cherry Margarita Pound Cake”

  1. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Saw you at Tip Junkie :)
    This might have to be a treat at my Bunco group! Sounds delicious!

    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you make the cake!! Enjoy!

  2. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    This looks amazing! I would love if you could join Thursday Food Fest at I hope I see you there. I open Wed eve!

  3. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I need this for breakfast! Yes, tequila for breakfast! You haven’t met my coworkers 😉

    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      I need to work where you work!

  4. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Had to pop over when I saw the words margarita & cake in the same sentence :~) This sounds really yummy…especially chilled on a hot summer night!

  5. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Another super creative recipe from The Kitchen of Aimee! Margaritas AND pound cake TOGETHER? This shouldn’t even be legal. I can totally eat this for breakfast right?! With a magarita on the side?

  6. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    This cake has such a beautiful presentation I agree with adding the tequila.

  7. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Seriously, margs and cake. You rock, Aimee! This looks intensely moist and totally rich and I am dying over the fact that tequila is in the cake! Maybe if I made this for my not-so-nice coworkers, they’d like me better :) yummy!

  8. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This is awesome! One of my fav drinks in a cake! And I love your header! It’s giving me the change itch!

    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Awww thanks. The header has gotten easy now that I’ve changed it 5 times in a week….but I’m sticking with this one!

  9. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Yummy!!! I could totally go for a huge piece of that cake right now! I love that you added tequila to the mix…sounds just right!!! And I love cherry stuff in the summer too!!! Your pics are gorgeous:-)

  10. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    1/2 c tequilla…now THAT is the makings of a great cake! Looks awesome and love the idea!

    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks Averia, I think so too :)

  11. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Wow this looks awesome, the tequila will really work i reckon, i can’t wait to try this, me and the wife are loving this blog and recipes…


    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Glad to hear it, thanks for following along! The tequila works great!

  12. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I LOVE margaritas! Give me cake and margaritas? I’m a happy gal. This looks fabulous and I love your pictures too!

    • posted Jul 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks girl. Cake and margaritas make me happy too!

  13. posted Jul 10, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    This cake looks just FABULOUS

  14. posted Jul 11, 2012 at 4:50 am

    You do CHERRY better than anyone I know!!

    • posted Jul 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      I do have a thing for cherries right now!

  15. posted Jul 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Wow it looks divine :-) I love cherry and will be adding this to my list of things to make!

  16. posted Jul 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Looks yummy. What a fun blog check out my blog if you get a min and have not already :).

    Have a great day

  17. posted Jul 14, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    love this combo! sounds delish!

  18. Anonymous
    posted Jul 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Getting all the ingredients together now…….can not wait, it’s been some time since I had a Margarita!

    • Anonymous
      posted Jul 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Well had a few bumps along the way but nothing stops me! My oven is not level and my bundt pan must be a tad bit small and because of that I had to cut the top (bottom) off. Plus it stuck at one side pulling apart….just a little. My icing looks and taste good though. The bad part I have to save the cake til tomorrow for family….the good part I have lots to sample from what I cut off and it is soooo good! Plus I now have some left over Tequila and a few slices of lime. Have a great day!!!

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  20. Heidi
    posted Nov 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Would I be able to bake this in a loaf pan? I don’t want to mess anything up and didn’t know if you knew how to adjust temp/time for a loaf pan. Looks Delicious!

    • posted Dec 1, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Heidi, I’m sure you can, I just don’t know how long you would bake it for (and maybe I would do two loaf pans, it’s a big cake!)

  21. Raquel
    posted Jan 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    This looks so delicious! And, the perfect cake to bake & to ship to my grown son for Valentine’s day. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on using morello cherries/juice instead of maraschino?

    • posted Jan 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

      I’ve never used them (are they fresh/frozen?). I don’t see why not though!

  22. posted Apr 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    LOVE. Featured this today over on my blog. :)
    xo, Claire

  23. Jackie
    posted Jun 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Hi Aimee

    What brand of tequila did you use in this recipe.

  24. posted May 5, 2014 at 6:51 am

    You can’t go wrong with Tequila!

    Oh aye! Tequila in cake! That’s a happy, happy day! 😀

    • posted May 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Haha, my new motto! “you can’t go wrong with tequila”!!!

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