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Festive Prosecco Cupcakes Recipe with Prosecco Buttercream

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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!

Frosted Prosecco cupcakes on a table that are topped with sprinkles next to a bottle of champagne.
Let’s make this easy Prosecco Cupcake Recipe!

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. 

Ingredients

A box of white cake mix on a counter next to a bottle of prosecco, eggs and oil to make cupcakes.
Here’s what you need to make Prosecco Cupcakes.

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

Pouring champagne into a bowl with cake batter for some boozy cupcakes.

Make the Cupcakes

Preheat the oven based on the directions on your boxed cake mix.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Step 1

Make the cake based on the box, however, use Prosecco in place of the water.

Step 2

Fill the muffin cups about 1/2 full.

Baked Prosecco cupcakes in a cupcake pan without frosting.

Step 3

Bake according to the box (usually around 25 minutes).

Step 4

Remove the cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool them completely. 

Make the frosting

Ingredients on a counter to make Prosecco Buttercream.

Step 1

In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until smooth.

Adding prosecco to buttercream frosting.

Step 2

Add in Prosecco starting with 1 tsp at a time and checking for flavor.

Using a hand mixer to make prosecco buttercream.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Add powdered sugar until you get the taste and consistency you like (for me it was about 4 cups).

Frosting prosecco cupcakes with prosecco buttercream.

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.

Prosecco cupcakes for parties and celebrations.

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

What kind of Prosecco do you use?

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.

Can you use a different sparkling wine?

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.

Can you add alcohol to buttercream?

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.

Prosecco cupcakes with buttercream on a table with sprinkles.

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! 

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prosecco cupcakes on a table with sprinkles

Easy Prosecco Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

These fun Prosecco Cupcakes are topped with Prosecco Buttercream and perfect for any party or event you want to celebrate with a special treat!
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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 423kcal

Ingredients

For Prosecco Cupcakes

  • 1 box of White Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs double-check how many eggs your cake mix suggests and go by that
  • 1/2 cup oil double-check amount called for by your cake mix recipe and use that
  • 1 cup Prosecco we are replacing the water called out on your boxed mix directions with Prosecco

For Prosecco Buttercream

Instructions

For 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). 

Notes

Use whatever brand of cake mix you like, just follow their recipe and swap out the water for Prosecco.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 161mg | Sugar: 38g
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3 Comments

  1. These sound so good and perfect for brunch! Any chance you’ve tried these with gluten free mix? If not, I’ll try and report back

  2. I NEED these in my life! Yum!!

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