Cosmopolitan Cupcakes

Just in time for Sex and the City 2!!!! These are very, very good and oh so pretty! I did use some pink dye in the mix and frosting  and found using good quality alcohol makes all the difference. I made 2 batches (each made almost 24) and found the 2nd batch made with lower quality booze werent as good, still good but lacking in something, so dont skimp on the booze part! Found these little pieces of heaven on A Cup Full of Cake!


1/2 cup butter room temp
2 cups sugar
2 eggs room temp
1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 cup Cosmopolitan ( recipe below)
zest of 1 lime
Red paste or gel food coloring.(optional, if you would like a stronger reddish tint in the cake)-I used just a bit of pink dye

Allow all ingredients to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with cupcake papers. With a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat until well combined. Add the lime zest Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside Make the cosmopolitan and measure out 1 ½ cups in a separate bowl.
Add in 1 cup each of the dry and wet mixtures alternately, beating on low until the whole mixture is well combined. Fill cups with batter two-thirds full. Bake at 350 F for 18-22 minutes or until cupcakes
spring back in the middle when touched lightly. Cool for 10 minutes in pan.

For glaze:
1/2 cup cosmopolitan
Heat the cosmopolitan over med heat until thickened and slightly reduced. Poke cupcakes with a fork and brush with cranberry/vodka glaze when cupcakes are still slightly warm.
When cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with Cosmo Buttercream

Cosmopolitan Buttercream Recipe
3 sticks or 1 1/2c butter room temp
4 c confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp meringue powder ( optional)
pinch salt
1 tsp lime zest
3-4 tbsp of the Cosmopolitan (or more until you reach desired consistency) red food coloring-I used more pink dye

Cream the butter until light and fluffy. Stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time beating well with each addition. Add the meringue powder and the salt. Mix in the zest. Add the Cosmopolitan one tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Garnish with: (optional)
Dusting of Lime zest-I omitted
Colored sugars for sparkle

Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe:
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka (cranberry or any citrus vodka works best) 1/2 fluid ounce cointreau 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 1 1/2 fluid ounces cranberry juice 1 twist lime zest, garnish
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with lots of ice. Shake vigorously for several seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime twist.



3 Comments on “Cosmopolitan Cupcakes”

  1. What a fun & cute idea! Perfect for a S&tC2 party!

  2. Beverley says:

    those cupcakes look and probably taste FABULOUS!!!!!! ha ha ha! Just in time, always good ideas Ms. lovestoeat 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    I have saved this recipe since you posted it, and I am making it right now for a bachelorette party. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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