Tipsy Tastiness: Margarita Jell-O Shot Cake Recipe

Today, I'm going to tell you about a business I really like. Don't worry, it involves cake. This cake.

Poke cake

Recently, I was contacted by a business called Butter & Scotch, the beautiful partnership of Keavy Blueher of Kumquat Cupcakery (aka Butter) and Allison Kave of First Prize Pies (definitely Scotch). They are soon-to-be (with the help of Kickstarter!) Brooklyn's first dessert & craft cocktail bar.

They've already raised most of the money, but they need a little help, so they asked if I could share the business on CakeSpy. "OK," I said, "but first, show me the cake." After all, how can I expect people to support a business if you have no idea what they do?

So, they put their cake where their mouth is (what?) and shared this wondrous recipe for a Margarita Jell-O Shot Cake. Yep, you heard that right.

Poke cake

As recipe designer Keavy writes, "This is such a silly cake and I totally love it! I was taste testing it all morning yesterday and I do believe I accidentally got a little drunk so be careful!" 

Sounds like a tipsy pleasure to me. If you enjoy this cake as much as I did, please consider helping Butter & Scotch via Kickstarter!


Poke cake

Margarita Jell-O Shot Cake

Vanilla cake (mine is below but you can use whatever recipe is your favorite.....or boxed!)

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbls vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, heavy cream, or buttermilk

Boozy Lime leche!

  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup tequila Fresh lime

Jell-O shot mix

  • 1 cup lime juice
  • Zest from 2 limes
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbls gelatin
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Whipped cream topping

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 1 tbls vanilla


  • Lime zest
  • Flaky sea salt


  1. Make cake: preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together on medium high speed. Add eggs and yokes and beat till incorporated. Add vanilla. Turn off mixer an mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt. Turn mixer on to slowest speed and add the dry ingredients. Immediately after add milk or cream and let it all come together keeping it on slowest speed.
  3. Pour cake into a 9" square baking dish. Bake for 30-40 min or until toothpick comes out clean. While cake is baking make leche and jello.
  4. Leche: mix lime zest, tequila and condensed milk in a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Jello: add gelatin to cold tequila, lime juice, and zest and let bloom for 2-3 min. Heat water an sugar to almost a boil and mix with gelatin mix.
  6. Assemble it all: Once cake is out of the oven (no need to cool it) use a chopstick to poke it generously with holes all over and then pour the leche and jello over the top. Put in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until cold.
  7. Make the whipped cream topping! Add heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to a mixer and beat on high speed till cream forms stiff peaks. Spread onto cake and top with line zest and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt.

What's your favorite boozy dessert?