This Prosecco Cupcakes Recipe with Prosecco Buttercream is the perfect boozy dessert for all your parties! These Alcohol infused cupcakes with champagne (or any sparkling wine) can be served for any adult celebration and are super easy to make for beginning bakers because they start with boxed cake mix!
The Prosecco Cupcakes Recipe You Need to Try
This Prosecco Cupcakes Recipe is such a fun dessert idea for all kinds of parties for grown ups. They are low effort but seem extra special and sort of fancy. (And who doesn’t love low-key fancy).
Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, throwing a bridal shower or celebrating a birthday, these boozy champagne cupcakes with box mix are the perfect treat!
Note: Don’t get confused! Prosecco is interchangeable with any other sparkling wine like champagne or Cava. So if you are looking to make champagne cupcakes, this recipe will work.
The flavor is delicious and I warn you, people will probably start requesting that you bring these gourmet cupcakes to all the parties!
Related: Sangria Cupcakes Recipe with white wine
By just adding a little bit of champagne or sparkling wine, you can turn a classic vanilla cupcake into a Prosecco dessert with a little more pizzazz.
I love an easy dessert idea that feels a little flashy. I’m not a dessert show-off. But it is fun to have people be excited about the treat you bring to a get-together.
For the Cupcakes
For the Frosting
Because it really doesn’t matter what cake mix you use, you’ll want to follow the directions and ingredients needed on the back of the box you are using.
Mine called for 3 eggs and 1/2 cup oil. But yours might be a little different.
Where it calls out the water, just swap in the Prosecco instead. Yum.
There is more than enough in one bottle to make this recipe.
In fact, you’ll even have a few glasses for you to sip on as you make this… or you can try one of these Champagne Cocktails.
How to Make Prosecco Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream
Make the Cupcakes
Preheat the oven based on the directions on your boxed cake mix.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Make the cake based on the box, however, use Prosecco in place of the water.
Fill the muffin cups about 1/2 full.
Bake according to the box (usually around 25 minutes).
Remove the cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool them completely.
Make the frosting
In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add in Prosecco starting with 1 tsp at a time and checking for flavor.
Add the powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand so it doesn’t blow everywhere then with the mixer to get it really smooth.
Add powdered sugar until you get the taste and consistency you like (for me it was about 4 cups).
To frost the cupcakes, go by your personal skill level.
For me, that is usually putting the buttercream into a plastic zipper bag and cutting the end off and praying for somewhat of a professional-looking frosting swirl.
or you can use a piping bag. It’s up to you. I prefer to have someone else decorate them like I did here…
If you missed it above, you may want to grab my free cheat sheet for easy cake decorating tips (because I need all the hacks I can get!)
And if you would prefer to use plain vanilla buttercream, you can do that instead.
A few pretty sprinkles and these easy Prosecco Cupcakes are done and ready to party.
They’re perfect for nights like New Year’s Eve when you want things to feel extra special.
These are perfectly celebratory.
Frequently Asked Questions
Prosecco is really just the Italian version of Champagne. You don’t have to buy expensive bottles, but it should be a wine that tastes good on its own. It will be mixed with other flavors but it should be palatable. La Marca is a great price point with a delicious flavor. And they sell it in individual-sized bottles which is perfect for baking.
If you don’t have Prosecco you can substitute any other sparkling wine.
For example, you can use sparkling wine made in California, Cava which is sparkling wine from Spain, Moscato (a sweeter Italian sparkling wine), Champagne from France, etc.
Yes! While you can sometimes buy flavorings or extracts that taste like different alcohols, I prefer to use the real thing. I used about 5 tsp of Prosecco to get the flavor I wanted.
And while they are easy enough to make all the time, these are best kept as a special occasion dessert to bring out to impress your guests.
This Prosecco Cupcakes Recipe with Prosecco Buttercream is my go-to dessert for parties and celebrations! They’re a real showstopper!
More prosecco and champagne recipes
- This Prosecco Vinaigrette with Kale Salad is a must-try.
- Best Champagne Punch
- Classic Champagne Cocktail
- St. Germain Champagne Cocktail
- Champagne Float with Strawberry Lemonade
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- These Elderflower Cupcakes with St Germain are delish.
- Boozy Moscow Mule Cupcakes are full of lime flavor that you will love.
- Coconut Rum Cupcakes are rich and decadent.
- Wine lover? Try these Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes.
- Rosé Wine Cupcakes are a fun treat to serve at any party.
- Where to get Cupcakes in a Jar (a great gift idea!).
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- This Snickers Cupcakes Recipe transforms your favorite candy bar into cupcakes!
Easy Prosecco Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream
For Prosecco Cupcakes
- Preheat oven based on the directions on your boxed cake mix.
- Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
- Make the cake based on the box, however use Prosecco in place of the water.
- Fill the muffin cups about 1/2 full.
- Bake according to the box (usually around 25 minutes).
Remove cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely. For Frosting:
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Add in Prosecco starting with 1 tsp at a time and checking for flavor. (Add more as needed – probably around 5 tsp total).
- Add the powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time, mixing by hand so it doesn’t blow everywhere then with the mixer to get it really smooth.
- Add powdered sugar until you get the taste and consistency you like (for me it was about 4 cups).