Cinco de Mayo: Lime Margarita Cake
CINCO DE MAYO IS COMING UP WOOOOOOO!
Try extra hard not to be a jerk about it.
Seriously, it’s really cool that the United States has kind of taken note of another country’s holiday, which hasn’t really happened since we adopted Veteran’s Day alongside the British Commonwealth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cultural fluidity and globalization and all that jazz. But please, for the love of God, do it right.
This means don’t wear sombreros, or play with maracas, or put on fake mustaches. This means don’t ask your Latinx friend why they aren’t celebrating Cinco if you know they’re not Mexican (surprise surprise, Latin America is made up of many many countries and many many cultures, and Mexican culture is not the only one). This means you should probably look up the history of the holiday to begin with, because it’s actually not just a celebration of tequila (I’ve even taken the time to link to the Wikipedia page for you here, so no excuses).
But this also means you should take the time to learn a little bit more about Mexican culture and all that it entails! Mexico has a rich cultural history and a beautiful array of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. If you’re feeling like getting into the celebratory mood, try partaking in the local authentic Mexican community. Go out to a local restaurant, buy from a small Mexican grocery, celebrate responsibly while giving back to the people whose culture you’re actually celebrating.
I’m definitely not saying you shouldn’t take a sip of tequila on the 5th of May (in fact, if you make this cake, I’m sure you won’t be able to help yourself). But I am saying that you should definitely appreciate this holiday for what it actually is instead of taking it as an excuse to go get trashed.
Now, I promise the soapbox part of the post is over, and we can get down to business: this cake. This is not for the faint of heart! It’s a huge burst of tequila and lime in your mouth, reminiscent of a margarita in cake form. It’s really dense and moist from the syrup that goes over it, giving it a really good texture that carries the flavors well. And the lime curd?
Girl, the lime curd???
Life-changing. I wish I were kidding, but this lime curd has made me a new man. It’s even better than the lemon custard I made for Joanna’s Lemon Pie. I almost ate it all with a spoon before it even made it to the cake. I want this every day. Every single day. I mean, a curd is mostly fruit juice and eggs, so it’s totally normal to have it for breakfast, right? Right?
This is probably one of the most indulgent cakes I’ve ever made (the brownie pudding doesn’t count), because of the amount of tequila, butter, and sugar that goes into it. Seriously, we never have to speak of these amounts again. If you meet me in the street and ask “Hey how much butter is in that cake you made?” I will literally turn around and pretend that we’ve never met. So if any of my more industrious readers want to try and make a healthier version of this, hit me up when you do! I’m all about cake with less calories.
So in short, happy Cinco de Mayo, celebrate responsibly, eat boozy cake and be merry!