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!

Delicious Moscato cupcakes with strawberry frosting. These delectable light and fluffy cupcakes make perfect treats for Valentine’s day, a wedding reception, bridal shower or girls night out.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! I’ve been scheming cute cupcakes to make worthy centerpieces for Mother’s Day gatherings. I found this delicious moscato cupcake recipe. My husband picked the strawberry frosting flavor. This is an absolutely delicious combination of flavors! Yep! Your mama will love this thoughtful foodie gift. This recipe is great for any party!

I love making cupcakes for my hubby and for our friends and family. You will find several of my favorite cupcake recipes at Homemade Food Junkie cupcake corner . All of my cupcake recipes are homemade from scratch and delicious!

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!

These Moscato cupcakes are light and airy. Reminiscent of angel food cake. The frosting is made with a fresh strawberry puree, bursting with the flavors of fresh strawberries.

I’ve come to really love cooking with alcohol. My cupcakes come out the lightest and fluffiest when I add alcohol into the recipe. So far I have made champagne cupcakes (which is the same recipe as this one just substitute the wine for champagne). I have also made Chocolate guinness cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day and blue moon cupcakes with my husband’s favorite beer.

Step out of your comfort zone a little bit and try cooking with alcohol. I have been pleasantly surprised every single time I use it!


  • 18.25 oz of WHITE cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cup of Sweet Moscato
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 drops of red food coloring
  • Pink decorating sugar totally optional

** Frosting**

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet pink moscato wine
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 5 drops red food color


  1. Empty the bag of cake mix into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add your eggs, oil, and moscato then mix with a electric hand held mixer.
  3. Once your batter is lump free, add in your food coloring then mix until the batter is pink.
  4. place your cupcake wrappers into your cupcake pan, then fill each with the batter 3/4 of the way.
  5. Bake your cupcakes on 350 for 20 minutes, then remove from the heat and let cool.
  6. Once your cupcakes are completely cool, frost them. You may also add colorful sugar or other decorations if you choosing

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