Saturday, September 5, 2009

Cosmopolitan Cupcakes

My mom got me a set of jumbo cupcakes pans and I have been dying to use them and since I don't ever really need an excuse to bake but a friend's birthday is always a good reason. My friend Julie is a huge fan of Sex and The City and LOVES Cosmos just like Carrie so I decided to try my version of the Cosmo cupcake and make them JUMBO

I made an actual Cosmo for the liquid in my batter and added in a touch of pink coloring to enhance the pink color of the cupcake. I LOVE how pink they came out. I also added in lime zest so when you took a bite there were little flecks of green here and there throughout the pink cake

I baked 6 jumbos and made the rest of the batter regular sized. They looked so tiny compared to the jumbo. And made me think why have I been making regular sized all this time when we could be eating Jumbo. If I had made mini's that would have been eating like popcorn - by the handful. Ha ha.

I then made another cosmo - how I didn't get a buzz during this process I do not know - and reduced it into a glaze which I brushed over the still warm cupcakes with a pastry brush. I really wanted that cosmo flavor infused into the cake.
I used a few teaspoons of the cosmo reduction in the buttercream and added pink sprinkles. I made little lime curls to garnish. I had attempted making candied limes but I didn't do them right so that is another item on my list of things to try to do. Another time

What girl doesn't love the girliest of girly drinks made into a cupcake!!
These tasted amazing!!

Cosmopolitan Cupcakes with Cosmopolitan Buttercream Frosting

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 to follow)
zest of 1 lime
Red paste or gel food coloring.(optional, if you would like a stronger reddish tint in the cake)

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.
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

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
Dried cranberries

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.


This is for one drink  or roughly 3 ounces of a cocktail. I needed about 15 ounces (I think) so I converted it to 5 servings. I may have had enough I can’t remember since I made this recipe a while ago but here it is .


Ingredient amount for roughly 15 ounces.

5 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers vodka (cranberry or any citrus vodka works great)
1/4 cup and 1 tablespoon cointreau
1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons fresh limejuice
3/4 cup and 3 tablespoons cranberry juice
5 twists lime zest, garnish


You can always err on the side of needing more and make more. And if there are leftovers you get a martini glass out and fill with the remaining cosmo and drink up!!

Side note : this recipe makes a lot of cupcakes. Because I made jumbos and the rest regular size I really don't know how many it makes if you do all jumbo or all regular. Bake the jumbos about 25-28 min and the regulars 18-22 min.


  1. Would LOVE the recipe for these!!

  2. I will add the recipe soon I promise!!

  3. i am going to try this recipe out for memorial weekend for me and my BFF cause we are going to see SATC2 that weekend :) Was wondering do you have a virgin cosmo buttercream recipe too? So my kids could try them as well! thanks! Tanisha

  4. Tanisha - you could just substitute cranberry juice a little lime juice and lime zest for the cosmo in the cupcake batter, glaze and frosting for a non alcoholic version. Have fun!


  5. so did you make the recipe up or is it from somewhere else? it looks yummy! :)

  6. I had seen several online using box cake mix as a base and a few with either a cranberry cupcake with lime frosting or lime cupcake with cranberry frosting so I came up with this version on my own. I would have credited the other recipes for my inspiration but I can't remember which ones I had adapted from!!

  7. Actually I might have found an excellent non alcoholic cosmo recipe. I will try that one with your cupcake recipe and afterward I will post about how they turned out on my blog! Thanks again for all the help and responses! :)

  8. Cake Chic - can't wait to see how yours turn out let me know for sure. I want to try a non alcoholic version of my margarita ones. Those are super yummy too!!

  9. My friend and I attempted to make these today (at high altitude) and they didn't turn out too badly! However, we weren't sure where the buttermilk is supposed to go? It's in the ingredient list but not in the recipe!

  10. Oops I did forget that didn't I? It goes in with the cosmo mixture. So when you alternate the flour with the "wet" it goes in to the batter then. Thanks for pointing that out I will fix the recipe!

  11. I just made these and they turned out amazing! Thank you soooo much for the recipe! And it made 2 dozen muffin sized easily and had some batter left over so made 6 minis :)

  12. To make them turn pink you need to leave out the egg yolk and Use double amount of egg White. Eg if 2 eggs required use 4 egg whites.