Cosmopolitan Cupcakes*


These are not just regular cupcakes, no, they are alcoholic Cosmopolitan cupcakes! To celebrate Sex And The City 2!



This being a food blog, I figured just sharing how to make a Cosmo (which I hope you already know how to make) would not be enough of a celebration…but Cosmo Cupcakes…well those are cause for celebration all by themselves! I have been a Sex And The City fan since as early as they started running reruns on TBS and I could watch it without my mother knowing. And of course as soon as I got out of the house, I rented the DVD’s and caught up on what was really going on. And to this day, I will watch reruns when they come on, even though my husband always rolls his eyes and leaves the room. But whatever, his loss! I should have not allowed him near these cupcakes either…but they were just so good I wanted to share with him too!



I am really happy with the way these turned out! I loved the color I got, and I am slowly getting better at my swirls of buttercream. I also thought they were pretty delicious and great excuse for drinking a Cosmo (you didn’t really think I was going to throw out the extra did you?!). I added a straw on top, which I think is cute, but what I really wanted to do was to add a little drink umbrella! I just did not have time to run to the store in time, and I already had straws! But if you get the chance, a little drink umbrella would be adorable on top of these!


Cosmopolitan Cupcakes

Printable Recipe



You will need:

1 stick butter, room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1 1/4 cup Cosmopolitan (recipe below), room temperature
zest of 1 lime
Red food coloring

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 salt, baking powder, and flour 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 ingredients and cosmo mixtures alternately, beating on low until the whole mixture is well combined. Last, slowly add the red food coloring until you achieve the desired color. I choose to keep my cupcakes on the lighter hot pink side, but do whatever color you would like!

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.



You will need:
1/2 cup cosmopolitan

Heat the cosmopolitan in a sauce pan over med heat until thickened and slightly reduced. Allow to cool slightly and then brush glaze on the tops of each cupcake while the cupcakes are still slightly warm. Allow the cupcakes to completely cool before frosting with Cosmo Buttercream.





You will need:
3 sticks butter, room temp
4 c confectioner’s sugar
1 tbsp meringue powder (optional)
a pinch of salt
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. Add the Cosmopolitan one tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency. And lastly add red food coloring, slowly, again until you reach your desired color. Pipe onto cupcakes, and top with a straw or a drink umbrella!

Adapted from: A Cup Full Of Cake







Now for those of you who need the Cosmopolitan cocktail recipe, I am ashamed of you! 😛  But don’t worry, I will help you out! You will need a little over 5 of these to complete this recipe, I made 6…and had no problems figuring out what to do with the leftovers…and I am sure you can figure it out too! Also, this says to shake over ice, which you should do with your leftover bit that you are going to drink yourself, but for the cupcakes it needs to be room temperature, so do not shake over ice. Just shake by itself!


Printable Recipe

You will need:
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger cranberry flavored/infused vodka
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.



P.S. Are you planning on seeing the second movie? Any parts you are anticipating seeing? Big surprise, but I am going with my girlfriends to the midnight showing! And I can not WAIT to see the above scene! I am loving their 80’s outfits. The Walkman Kim/Samantha is wearing is hysterical and Cynthia/Miranda’s socks and tennis shoes with her suit is just awful! And I am thrilled to see Aiden is back. I was always a fan of him and Carrie! It is going to be a blast and I plan on having a real Cosmo that night! 😀


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42 Responses to “Cosmopolitan Cupcakes”

  1. 1

    ErinsFoodFiles — May 25, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

    Too stinkin’ cute!

  2. 2

    Melissa — May 25, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    How much fun! These look so yummy. Woohoo…can’t wait for the movie this week.

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    Christy — May 25, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    OMG. Now I feel old. Knowing you were young enough to be watching SATC on reruns and living at home with your parents. Are you sure you’re old enough to even have a Cosmo? LOL. The cupcakes are adorable and so are you. Have fun at the midnight showing!

  4. 4

    The Teacher Cooks — May 25, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

    I love these cupcakes. Your pictues are so cute. A Cosmo is in the works!

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    Kerri — May 25, 2010 @ 8:37 pm

    I’m also excited to head out and see it… Not sure when it will be though! I always like Carrie and Aiden together as well… but I think that they’ve tortured Carrie and Big enough over the years.

    I think a lot of flirting will go on and maybe a kiss or two… but I don’t think that there will be any sort of sexy-time happening… I could be wrong…

    The cuppy cakes look ah-mazing! :)

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    hungry dog — May 25, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    Your cosmo cupcakes look fabulous! I’d like to give them a try. I’m going to see the movie, eve if it gets terrible reviews,which it probably will.

  7. 7

    Kristin — May 26, 2010 @ 12:15 am

    These cupcakes look and sound so good! I want to make them immediately!

  8. 8

    Lisa — May 26, 2010 @ 2:28 am

    Gah! The frosting is so pretty and the little straws so cute ^^ Adorable. The look like they belong on the set of Sex and the City!

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    Jane Ko — May 26, 2010 @ 2:40 am

    Love love the pictures, I will definitely try out these in the upcoming future :)
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    DessertForTwo — May 26, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    These are too cute! Am I allowed to eat one for breakfast? 😉

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    Kylee — May 26, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    ahhh this are too cute!! I am a huge sex and the city fan and I am also going at midnight tonight!! woohoo!!

    I think I will make these but maybe instead of a straw, use a candied lime instead.

    Great idea!

  12. 12

    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 26, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    Ahhh! SO, SO cute! I love the straws, too. Yes, definitely going to see the second movie sometime soon.

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    Jessie M — May 26, 2010 @ 10:28 pm

    Oh WOW! These are awesome!! I can’t wait to try them out. Might have to make them and have a little caloric shin-dig when it comes out on video :)

  14. 14

    Sandy — May 26, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

    These look delicious. I love cosmopolitans but I have never had them as a cupcake. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes — May 27, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

    These are beyond adorable – and I happen to think your buttercream swirls are perfection! MUCH better than anything I can do. You’re brave to go to the midnight showing – I’m waiting until the crowds calm down a bit. Enjoy! xxSAS

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    ingrid — May 28, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

    Love the cake to frosting ratio.

    LOL, btw work attire is very formal in NYC and heels with panty hose is a must. Because they walk so much there the majority of the women wear sneakers with their suits and carry pumps in a tote. (I’m a NY’er though I’ve been living in FL for about 14 yrs.)

    Hope you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

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    Jessica — May 29, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    Love the cupcakes, and the idea behind it is fabulous! I agree…little umbrellas would be just the thing!

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    FoodTherapy — June 3, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    First time visitor…I LOVE your blog! Beautiful layout, gorgeous pictures!! This recipe for cosmo cupcakes sounds just perfect for a ladies night I’m hosting this weekend…THANK YOU!

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    Nuria — August 10, 2011 @ 4:25 pm

    Wow!! I love them!!

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    Terresa — October 26, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Is the butter salted or unsalted?

    • Jessica replied: — October 26th, 2011 @ 6:39 pm


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    Suzie — November 6, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    How many cupcakes does this recipe make?

    • Jessica replied: — November 7th, 2011 @ 3:04 am

      This recipe made 24 normal sized cupcakes.

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    Jessie — February 3, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    I love the idea! I am going to make this cake for a divorce party!
    I was about to make this recipe and I wanted to double check that the butter is 1 stick (i.e. 1/2 cup) ?

    • Jessica replied: — February 6th, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

      Hi Jessie! Sorry this recipe is from so many years ago (and when I first started blogging) so the recipe is a little…um un clear lol!

      But yes, that is 1 stick, 1/2 cup butter!

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    Mara — September 7, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    There is buttermilk on the cupcake recipe but not in the instructions. Does it even go in?

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    SMS in DC — April 6, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    I also noticed the recipe calls for buttermilk but that’s not in the baking instructions. Should I just include when I mix the dry Ingrediants and Cosmo?

    • Jessica replied: — April 16th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      So sorry! The edit must not have saved from last time! The buttermilk should be whisked into the cosmo mixture.

      I have updated the directions!

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