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Mamacita needs a Margarita (Cake)… & a new apron!

My family and I were browsing in a little beachside shop last summer when my son pulled a tank top off the rack and said, “Mom!  You have to buy this!”  It had a picture of a margarita on the front with the words “Mamacita needs a margarita.”

Okay, there are are few things wrong with this scenario.

1.  My son is 8.
2.  Although I like a good glass of wine, I don’t like margaritas at all.
3.  Why does my son think I need this Margarita tank top?

Well, as it turns out… my son just thought it was cute (the rhyming words and all).  I didn’t buy the shirt.  And for the rest of the summer, you can bet that my new, affectionate nickname in the house was, “Mamacita.”

Although I’m not a huge fan of margaritas, I do happen to love Margarita Cake.  I tested this recipe years ago when I was involved in putting together the Junior League of San Diego Cookbook: California Sol Food.  The cake received very high ratings from testers and therefore made it into the cookbook.  And it’s a margarita cake recipe that doesn’t use a cake mix for a base.  It’s a light and lemony cake with a lime-tequila glaze.  It’s absolutely delicious & if you don’t like tequila, you can definitely leave it out and still have a fantastic dessert.

This cake is meant to serve two purposes
1.  It’s a great choice to serve on Cinco de Mayo, should you choose to celebrate.
2.  Mamacitas everywhere might like to have this cake for Mother’s Day (or they might prefer Margaritas).

Mamas might also like a new apron from Flirty Aprons.  They sent me a “Sassy Black” style apron (pictured below) to check out their goods, and I’m excited to share this as a neat Mother’s Day gift idea for the cooking Mama in your life. They’re darling, feminine, designer aprons… cute ruffle styling and a bow, with two little pockets on the front.

If you’d like to shop for Mother’s Day, use this coupon code to get 20% off of your total purchase: FA202010

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me about a special food that your Mom or Grandmother used to make (or still does). If you don’t have a good memory, just tell me you’d love to win the apron set 🙂  Please leave just one comment & a valid email address. A winner will be selected randomly via on Sunday, May 2nd at 4pm Pacific time. This giveaway is open to EVERYONE- worldwide!  The winner will be able to pick which apron set they’d like from the FlirtyApron’s website.  Good Luck!

This giveaway is now closed. The winner via….

… is commenter #111 “Oregon Judy,” who said, “My 2 little granddaughters and I love to cook together. So far our favorite thing to do is a big pot of vegetable soup. Everybody gets to chop, stir and taste-test.” Congratulations to Judy… I’ll be contacting you for your address!

The recipe for the cake pictured above can be found here: Margarita Cake

196 Responses to “Mamacita needs a Margarita (Cake)… & a new apron!”

  1. postedApr 29, 2010 12:16 PM
    pamela ponder

    ambrosia salad, my grandma made this every year, I miss her…the cake sounds really good and I would love to win thanks

  2. postedApr 29, 2010 12:29 PM
    Alisha J

    My mom makes the most amazing scalloped potatoes – can’t wait for the holidays just so I can eat them.

  3. postedApr 29, 2010 11:49 AM

    i am TOTALLY making this for cinco de mayo. so glad i saw this, i was looking for something to make!

  4. postedApr 29, 2010 11:52 AM

    Funny story:) My grandma’s cinnamon rolls are a legend. My dad mastered the recipe and now I am carrying on the tradition by baking them as well. The aprons are cute!

  5. postedApr 29, 2010 11:55 AM

    Oh, how fun to see a worldwide giveaway – I’m in Sweden. My mom makes an incredibly comforting chicken in curry sauce – it’s my favorite food. I always ask for it when we’re eating at her place – it’s so yummy!

  6. postedApr 29, 2010 11:59 AM

    My mom would always make something called “special spaghetti.” We all loved it! Now I make it for my family and my daughter eats it like it’s candy. Real simple recipe: spaghetti, tomato sauce, butter, and salt and pepper. Yummy!

  7. postedApr 29, 2010 12:03 PM
    Zahra Duffy

    My mom makes a mean meatloaf. I cannot eat meatloaf if it is not my mom’s! 😛

  8. postedApr 29, 2010 12:03 PM
    Michelle Ramsey

    My mom used to make fake tacos. I loved them as a kid and still do. We would ask for them weekly.

  9. postedApr 29, 2010 12:06 PM

    I love my mom’s six grain bread, warm out of the oven. She’s a good cook, so it was hard to narrow it down to just one thing 🙂

  10. postedApr 29, 2010 12:07 PM
    Susan Ashby

    We ate lot of spaghetti with mom’s awesome homemade sauce (which she still makes and so do I) but every once in a while, for special occasions, my mom would make some Braciole along with the meatballs and that was the best!

  11. postedApr 29, 2010 12:08 PM

    Nice this cake!! Lovely aprons. The cake I used to make with my grandma is a vanilla pound cake.Nothing special but it tasted delicious at that time.

  12. postedApr 29, 2010 12:08 PM

    Not so much something my mom made, but I remember when I was a kid I would make her chicken cordon blue every year for her birthday. I even came home from college Freshman year to make it for her. It was nice tradition.

  13. postedApr 29, 2010 12:14 PM

    My grandmother made very special sugar cookies at Christmas. I have the recipe, but no one can make them as well as she did!

  14. postedApr 29, 2010 12:14 PM

    Ohh! Lily and I want matching aprons! How cute! Something that my Mom makes that is out of this world is tortellini soup!

  15. postedApr 29, 2010 12:14 PM

    My mom and grandmother weren’t big cooks. My memories from cooking as a kid were with my Aunt. One of the first things I made with her was an angel food cake from scratch. By the way, the apron is really cute!

  16. postedApr 29, 2010 1:17 PM
    Rachel J.

    My mom used to make the BEST ever yeast rolls. The recipe (that we know of)- has never been written down. But we recently found her old recipe box and might have something to work from in there! She has been gone for 16 years now- but if I learned one thing from her it was a love for cooking.

  17. postedApr 29, 2010 12:18 PM

    My Granny made the best pecan pie. I have yet to taste anyone’s who comes close.

  18. postedApr 29, 2010 12:19 PM

    My mom makes a mean mac and cheese. I crave it when I’m away for a long time. Her cheddar cheese soup is also a KILLER. And her cabbage salad! Oh, and our captain crunch chicken. I could go on and on about how awesome my mom’s cooking is!

  19. postedApr 29, 2010 12:19 PM

    OMG – so yummy! Margs are my most favorite drink!

    My grandma always used to make an amazing orange coconut cake!

  20. postedApr 29, 2010 12:22 PM

    So delicious…our family loves making pumpking rolls together.

    Those aprons are adorable!

  21. postedApr 29, 2010 12:27 PM
    Jenna Hilgers

    My grandma makes the BEST fudge in the world- peanut butter and it is amazing!!!!!!

  22. postedApr 29, 2010 12:28 PM

    Ay mamacita, this margarita cake looks great! haha

    I wish the ad had mentioned mother-son aprons instead of just mother-daughter. Oh well. I guess we still have a long way to go before ad companies acknowledge the fact that men cook too and some women don’t cook at all, like my mom. I will take an apron for myself, though! haha A less frilly version, of course.

    • April 29th, 2010 @ 12:33 PM

      @Memoria, I know… I have a little boy myself. They have men’s aprons, but no little boy aprons yet. Maybe we can convince them to add them to their collection!

  23. postedApr 29, 2010 12:29 PM

    Love making chocolate chip cookies with my mom and now with my daughter. Just something we have always done!

  24. postedApr 29, 2010 12:31 PM

    My grandmother’s special dish – the one that I always remember as being HER dish – was chess pie. It was so sweet and rich, but I always looked forward to it at family get-togethers.

  25. postedApr 29, 2010 12:34 PM

    my granny would make biscuits and gravy and it was perfect! no one could ever make it like her

  26. postedApr 29, 2010 12:35 PM

    I would love to win the apron set. My daughter would be more excited than me!!!

    I LOVE anything my “mimi” prepares, especially her fried chicken!

  27. postedApr 29, 2010 12:39 PM

    Home made doughnuts!!!!

  28. postedApr 29, 2010 12:40 PM
    Tameka Downing

    I remember spending time with my great- grandmother and baking her rolls and coconut cake. Unfortunatly she passed before I was able to learn her recipe.

  29. postedApr 29, 2010 12:40 PM
    Yadira Alcala

    My mom has always made the best green sauce enchiladas i have ever tasted ad still does. Very cute apron.

  30. postedApr 29, 2010 12:40 PM

    I grew up with my grandmother making Sweet & Sour Meatballs from scratch. YUM-O! I have since taken over making the recipe. There is nothing like family recipe traditions being passed down through generations!

  31. postedApr 29, 2010 12:41 PM

    Cute aprons! My mom’s special dish, homemade macaroni and cheese and fried potatoes. I don’t know why, but I can never seem to fry those potatoes like she can. 🙂

  32. postedApr 29, 2010 12:45 PM

    The favorite recipe passed down from grandma to mom to me is cut out sugar cookies. It’s the best!

  33. postedApr 29, 2010 12:47 PM
    Kristen Wright

    My mom always makes the best chicken roll ups!!!! Now I’m making the same stuff for my husband and can’t wait to pass it on!!

  34. postedApr 29, 2010 12:48 PM
    Christy Rose

    My Great Grandmother made fried apple pies that were to die for!!

  35. postedApr 29, 2010 12:49 PM

    Oh I miss my Grandmas Sfinge (deep friend Italian ricotta donut holes)! I can make them, But hers, well, they were just the best!

  36. postedApr 29, 2010 12:50 PM

    My mom’s baked mac and cheese – still the best I’ve ever had.

  37. postedApr 29, 2010 12:51 PM
    Jamie R

    My mom always made the best snicker doodles. YUM!

  38. postedApr 29, 2010 12:52 PM

    My Mom and I make pizelle’s (Italian cookies). We’ve been making them since I was just a wee little one. I know that they will always make me think of her. Thanks for the chance!

  39. postedApr 29, 2010 12:52 PM
    Tiffany S.

    My favorite dish my grandmother makes is her creamy spinach. When I found out the ingredients, I about flipped. For something that tasted soooo good, there was a whole lot of c*&p in it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. postedApr 29, 2010 12:53 PM

    My mother is Filipino … my brother and I still beg her to make pancit and adobo when we visit her 🙂

  41. postedApr 29, 2010 12:55 PM

    i love making rhubarb custard pie w/c is actually my mil’s fam recipe!!

  42. postedApr 29, 2010 12:56 PM
    Katie R

    I love these aprons – so cute!!

  43. postedApr 29, 2010 12:57 PM

    I have a lot of food allergies, but I love to cook! So my grandmother being the amazing woman that she is would always have me over for wheat-milk-egg yolk-sugar free cooking dates. We’d experiment and feel like scientists until we found a wonderful Christmas Cookie/Snaps recipe! I absolutely love it and it’s allergy friendly! We always make them for Christmas and she makes sure to make enough to keep in the fridge for unexpected visits from her favorite grandchild 🙂

  44. postedApr 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    My mother, grandmother, great grandmother and I would make lefsa every year! Such great memories!

  45. postedApr 29, 2010 1:05 PM

    My Mammaw made THE BEST biscuits. She’d always make extra and stick the leftovers on a plate and keep them in the microwave. When we went to visit Mammaw, I made a bee-line for the microwave and Mammaw’s biscuits! I think they were even better later in the day when I got them than they were when she had them at breakfast! 🙂 I wish I could have another of her biscuits…she was an amazing cook.

  46. postedApr 29, 2010 1:10 PM

    Has to be pot roast. My mother knew I loved it and it was always made for me but especially after I grew up and left home, whenever I would visit her–pot roast. Love your blog by the way

  47. postedApr 29, 2010 1:10 PM
    Lisa Mc

    I have so many fond memories of baking with my mom! She made the very best homemade whole wheat bread and would always give me a small piece of the dough to knead. She also always let me SLOOOOWLY beat the sugar in the meringues come Christmas time……I now realize that this was to keep me really busy so she could make all the other cookies and I have since passed the tradition on to my daughter ;P!.

  48. postedApr 29, 2010 1:16 PM

    G’Day from Australia. I came across your cake whilst browsing TasteSpotting. Margaritas are one of my favourite drinks so having it as a cake too would be awesome! Must try this.

    My mum makes great Cambodian dishes like somlor kakor. Full of fresh herbs and veggies to get you taste buds dancing.

  49. postedApr 29, 2010 1:17 PM

    My mom always made cinnamon rolls for our neighbors every Christmas. I still carry on the tradition!

  50. postedApr 29, 2010 1:19 PM

    My mother makes the world’s best French bread. Love the aprons; thanks for the opportunity!

  51. postedApr 29, 2010 1:19 PM

    My grandmother used to make what she called “beef and gravy”, cubes of beef in a beefy tomato puree/sauce, over Czech dumplings. I miss it.

  52. postedApr 29, 2010 1:34 PM

    My mom made oyster pie every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It doesn’t feel like the holidays without it so I make it when I am not celebrating with my mom. My husband’s family loves it now too.

  53. postedApr 29, 2010 1:34 PM
    Stephanie Brauer

    Nobody can touch my Mom’s angel food cake! It’s heaven…and she LOVES aprons! 🙂

  54. postedApr 29, 2010 1:36 PM

    SO happy to see a worldwide giveaway! The cake looks delicious!!

  55. postedApr 29, 2010 1:40 PM

    It warms my heart to remember my grandmother making her Hungarian Goulash with homemade spaetzle. I miss her!

  56. postedApr 29, 2010 1:42 PM

    My Grandma makes a mean brisket- yum!

  57. postedApr 29, 2010 1:47 PM

    I am LOVING this recipe! And just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks so much for sharing!

    A recipe that my grandmother and mom used to make all the time is borscht! And the sad thing is, I hate it. I know my whole family loved it so it makes me sad that I couldn’t appreciate it as a kid.

  58. postedApr 29, 2010 1:53 PM

    Unfortunately my mother’s cooking was not noteworthy. I learned to stay away from leftovers at an early age. But I would love a fantastic new apron!!!

  59. postedApr 29, 2010 2:05 PM
    Judy H.

    My mom loved her Norwegian and Danish heritage and could whip up a “mean” batch of lefse any ol’ day of the week. My husband had never had it before meeting our family and is now hooked and begging for my daughter and myself to learn the ropes :O)

  60. postedApr 29, 2010 2:06 PM

    My grandmother used to make homemade french fries.. but they were nice and fat with the skins on (more like potato wedges)… yum!

  61. postedApr 29, 2010 2:07 PM

    I absolutely love aprons! My favorite food my mom makes for me is her potato salad. It is the best ever

  62. postedApr 29, 2010 2:09 PM

    Both my Mom & Grandma made the best Apple Pie, and now that I think of it Red Velvet Cake & well now I’m drooling and will be baking tonight LOL

  63. postedApr 29, 2010 3:11 PM
    Terry Boroff

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, just perfect for summer!
    One of my cherished memories is picking apples at grandma’s and then making apple dumplings. Now my granddaughter and I bake together all of the time. She even makes up her own recipes, that turn out quite well. She is 5 and we really could put these cute aprons to use. 🙂

  64. postedApr 29, 2010 2:17 PM

    My grandmother makes the BEST whoopie pies and now they are a favorite of mine to make!

  65. postedApr 29, 2010 2:39 PM

    My family is generally pretty inept at cooking, but we do have a pretty awesome family fudge recipe. Of course, it is prepared using a microwave!

  66. postedApr 29, 2010 2:40 PM

    My mom would save a little dough every time she made bread, and deep fry some hot scones for us for breakfast. So amazing with butter and honey.

  67. postedApr 29, 2010 2:46 PM

    My grandma andI used to always make homemade peanut butter balls. We liked to eat them before they were dipped in chocolate!

  68. postedApr 29, 2010 2:52 PM

    My grandmother would let me help her make croquetas. She would set up shop and let me pick which step I wanted to help with, which was always putting shaping the croqueta and rolling it in egg. Yum!!

  69. postedApr 29, 2010 2:53 PM

    Lori, this Margarita cake is fabulous! Aww…that apron is really flirty. 😉 My mom is so far from me here but I would jump to any dish of hers. She is just awesome cook. 🙂

  70. postedApr 29, 2010 2:56 PM

    My mom makes lots of tasty food…plus I’d love to win that apron 😀

  71. postedApr 29, 2010 2:56 PM

    I didn’t know you were part of testing our JLSD cookbook…I’m the Cookbook Treasurer this year and I’d love to figure out a way to sponsor a giveaway for your readers if you think there would be interest. Let me know.

    What a small world!!!

    • April 29th, 2010 @ 3:39 PM

      @Denise, It is a small world, isn’t it? Yep, I was there from the beginning… from concept to completion. Contributed recipes, tested them, etc. Loved being a part of it all. And, yes I’d love to give away a JLSD cookbook. It’s such a treasure to have.

  72. postedApr 29, 2010 3:24 PM
    Jennifer Haile

    I will always remember the brown sugar cookies that both my grandma and my mom made. So good!!

  73. postedApr 29, 2010 3:28 PM
    April in CT

    I have been wanting an apron so bad, but just can’t bring myself to spend the money on one. I could have used it tonight when I got sauce all over my shirt! Nobody makes cornbread like my mom and I wish I could get it to be that good!

  74. postedApr 29, 2010 3:31 PM

    My grandmother is the queen of pies! Every time we would visit, each grandchild (24 in all!) got a full pie in their favorite flavor.

    I was always choose strawberry pie – the filling was all strawberries!

  75. postedApr 29, 2010 3:46 PM
    Kathleen P

    Arroz con pollo! Good memories!!

  76. postedApr 29, 2010 3:50 PM

    I just discovered your sige…love it. I can’t wait to make this cake…thanks for the recipe.

  77. postedApr 29, 2010 3:55 PM

    My favorite Mom/Grandma meal(s) is chicken and dumplins and cornbread. Yummmo!

  78. postedApr 29, 2010 4:05 PM

    I love aprons! I hope I win!

    I also think this recipe will be great! I’ll definitely be celebrating cinco de mayo this year!

  79. postedApr 29, 2010 4:24 PM

    OH, that is something my son would say too. Kids are so funny. : )
    My mom made the best cream cheese swirled brownies on the planet. She even used to send them to me in care packages when I was in college. Thanks for reminding me of a great memory!!!

  80. postedApr 29, 2010 4:24 PM

    My grandma started teaching me to make pie crust when I was seven. We’d practice every summer when she visited.

  81. postedApr 29, 2010 4:29 PM

    The best thing I remember my grandmother making for my sister and I was a “loving home”. Being raised my our grandparents, she was always there, no matter what. That’s worth more then anything on earth to me. And on top of that, she was a fantastic cook (all from scratch). Grandmothers are special gifts from God.

  82. postedApr 29, 2010 4:37 PM

    Agh! Worldwide?! Sweeeeet.

    My granny makes the best Irish stew known to man, beast or reptile. It’s amazing.

  83. postedApr 29, 2010 4:42 PM

    My grandma made us donuts from refrigerator bisquits. I cant stand the thought now, but boy did he love it when she pulled out the frydaddy!

  84. postedApr 29, 2010 4:47 PM
    Sarah Baskett

    Some of my greatest memories of my Nanny involve me sitting on an old wooden stool watching my Nanny bake cookies, my Nanny is no longer with us, but that stool now sits in my kitchens & my girls sit on it everyday while I cook.

    • April 29th, 2010 @ 4:49 PM

      @Sarah Baskett, Wow… just WOW! What a treasured stool that must be. Would love to have something like that as a memory of my grandmother.

  85. postedApr 29, 2010 4:49 PM

    My mom always made me homemade Salisbury steak for my birthday… not sure why that was my favorite (as my mom is an amazing cook) but it was, and is still what I always remember.

  86. postedApr 29, 2010 5:03 PM

    This looks like a cake I want to add to my plans for the beach- a perfect match wouldn’t you say!

  87. postedApr 29, 2010 5:07 PM

    My mom’s Chrusciki is unbelievably good; I have the recipe but I haven’t tried it yet; maybe this will be the year?

  88. postedApr 29, 2010 5:07 PM

    I have a recipe for zucchini bread that is the best I’ve ever eaten in my life. Anyone who eats it agrees. The recipe was my great-grandmother’s. It’s the one recipe I don’t share with people: it’s my secret family recipe.

  89. postedApr 29, 2010 5:08 PM

    my grandma was the best cook! I especially LOVED her chocolate cake with 7 minute frosting… YUM!

  90. postedApr 29, 2010 5:23 PM

    My grandma was such a great cook. Her pies were legendary and everyone in the family wishes they had learned how to make her fried chicken.

  91. postedApr 29, 2010 5:37 PM

    My mom makes the best cha gio (Vietnamese spring rolls). I want one right now.

  92. postedApr 29, 2010 5:37 PM

    My Mom made the best Raisin Pie and my Mother-in-law makes the best cinnamon rolls.

  93. postedApr 29, 2010 6:18 PM

    My all time favorite meal has got to be my grandmother’s chicken and dumplings. She made them from scratch and by memory, and I wish that I had gotten her to write something down before she passed away. I have great memories from childhood of her letting me roll out the dough, her cutting the dough for the dumplings and letting me drop them into the pot. I can still taste them!

  94. postedApr 29, 2010 6:19 PM

    My mom makes the best traditional French-Canadian tourtiere. Everyone who has tried it loves it, and I crave it every Christmas when she makes a fresh batch!

  95. postedApr 29, 2010 6:28 PM
    Erin from Long Islan

    My granny makes the BEST stuffing. Not too soggy, not too dry, just perfect!

  96. postedApr 29, 2010 9:08 PM

    My mom made the best fried chicken and mashed potatoes & gravy!! And pies…her pies always turned out picture perfect!

  97. postedApr 29, 2010 9:13 PM

    My grandma passed the recipe to my mom and now my mom and I make them for special occasions. They are aebleskivers. They are a Danish. Kind of a round pancake.

  98. postedApr 29, 2010 10:56 PM

    Matzoh ball chicken soup – hers will always be the best!

  99. postedApr 30, 2010 2:48 AM

    That cake looks really good and moist. My mom used to make a marble cake that I enjoyed as a kid. I still make it for my kids. Ty for the opportunity to win the apron. I love aprons and so need a new one. I only have one good one.

  100. postedApr 30, 2010 3:03 AM

    Good morning. I saw this drawing and thought I would share my story. My mother was a horrible cook. She herself grew up very poor and somewhat neglected so never ate home cooked meals when she was a child, and then ended up being a single mother of 4 children on a budget with no time and so cooking had to be easy, cheap, quick, and so often times turned out awful if edible (she once put canned mixed vegetables in green jello in an attempt to make something different. YUCK!). She did her best and we never went hungry which is the most important thing, but I did not learn any “family heirloom” recipes at my mother’s knee nor any extraordinary “special homemade treats” in my memory. Except for one thing — Weanie-lada’s. Yes, that’s right. Enchilada’s made with hot dogs. My mother got the recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens casserole cookbook from the 70’s. It was her “go-to” recipe for most special occasions. She still makes it to this day. My husband loves it and my kids request it when Grandma volunteers to cook dinner. She is a much better cook now that she has no small children under foot and some time and money to work with. But I still go straight back to my childhood when I get a whiff of those Weanie-ladas.

    • April 30th, 2010 @ 4:53 AM

      @Holly, What a lovely story- thank you for taking the time to share it. Weanie Ladas! Oh Dear!!