Moscato Cupcakes

Cocktail cupcakes are back and this time using strawberry moscato wine! These vanilla cupcakes are spiked with moscato, a sweet, slightly bubbly, wine.

Moscato is sweeter than most wines so it naturally adds a sweetness to the cupcakes. I specifically chose a strawberry flavored moscato because, hello, pink frosting!

I used my champagne cupcakes recipe to make these moscato cupcakes. It was an easy substitution since both wines are a little bubbly. With either recipe, the alcohol is truly evident, especially in the buttercream frosting.

The moscato is strong in the buttercream frosting because I used a moscato concentrate. It’s super easy to do and concentrate the strawberry wine flavor.

Simply heat a cup of moscato on the stovetop until it boils down to two tablespoons. The flavor will become more concentrated as will the color—hence the pink hue!

The pink frosting has got to be my absolute favorite thing about these cupcakes. They are just so pretty. I used a large star tip for frosting the cupcakes and sprinkled white nonpareils on top.

While the frosting is very boozy, the vanilla cupcakes have a more subtle flavor so not to overwhelm the tastebuds. There is still half a cup of moscato in the cupcake batter, but due to the baking the alcohol will burn off.

The flavor, however, sticks around and adds a subtle taste of strawberry in the fluffy, moist vanilla cupcakes!


  • 1 3/4 cups (218 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (124 g) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) pink moscato


  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon (250 ml) pink moscato
  • 1 cup (226 g or 2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups (300 g) confectioners' sugar
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  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a cupcake pan with baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. .............................................

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