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Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes

Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes

This Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes recipe combines a slight strawberry tartness, the citrusy taste of orange, and yes, a little hint of champagne. You won’t get drunk from these cupcakes, but you will get a sugar high.

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Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes

Strawberry mimosas in cupcake form! Adapted from Sprinkle Bakes’ Sparkling Champagne Cupcakes and Smedette’s Strawberry Sauce.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup champagne or ginger ale
  • zest from 1 small orange

Strawberry Filling:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/4 cup champagne or ginger ale
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp strawberry filling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F. Place 12 cupcake wrappers in cupcake tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using a hand mixer. (You can use a stand mixer for this part too if you have one.) Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a third bowl, whisk together champagne and sour cream. Gradually beat flour and champagne mixtures into butter mixture.
  4. Divide batter evenly among cupcake wrappers and bake for 17–20 minutes. Cool completely.
  5. To make the strawberry filling, combine strawberries and champagne in a small non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  6. Once filling comes to a boil, use a wooden spoon to mash strawberries. Add sugar and continue to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened. Cool to room temperature.
  7. When cupcakes and filling have cooled, you can begin to fill the cupcakes. Use a paring knife to cut a divot into the center of each cupcake. Put about a tablespoon of filling into the hole you’ve made, then replace divot. (If you’ve never done this before, read this tutorial.) Reserve 2 tablespoons of filling for frosting.
  8. To make the frosting, combine cream cheese and butter in a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer at low speed. (If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.) Once mixture is well-combined and fluffy, gradually add powdered sugar with mixer on low. When powdered sugar is fully incorporated, beat in orange zest and strawberry filling.
  9. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Garnish with a small orange slices (as shown) or strawberries, if desired.

Notes

The frosting has just enough strawberry in it to give it a pink tint and a light strawberry flavor without adding food coloring or artificial flavor. If you plan on frosting your cupcakes with a spatula instead of piping it, you can add more strawberry sauce for a darker color and more intense flavorβ€”the first time I tested this recipe, I added too much sauce to the frosting and it didn’t pipe well, so I speak from experience.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    April 30, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Aww, I think they’re cute. Probably because they look like mine when I frost cupcakes! πŸ™‚

    When I have some time I’m going to scour Youtube for frosting tutorials. Mine actually look a little more like um, ‘dog gifts.’ So I’d say you’re doing pretty good!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      April 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

      The sad thing is that I have watched those tutorials–ha! I would love to do all those flourishes and rosettes and swirls, but when I try doing them myself, it always looks like a shaky-handed 5 year old did it. ;( I guess I should just make cupcakes every week until I get it right!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    April 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

    You’re way too hard on yourself. I think they’re absolutely darling!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you! I’m always hard on myself, but believe me, it’s merited this time. πŸ˜‰

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    RJ
    April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Wow. Mine would probably look like ginormous slippery blobs! Cake decorating is not my forte, but yours look so cute and yummy!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      The ones not in focus were like blobs! I’m almost tempted to post photos of them so you all believe me, ha!

  • Reply
    Jenn @therebelchick
    April 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

    These would be perfect for breakfast!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Cupcakes are ALWAYS perfect for breakfast!

  • Reply
    Rikki
    April 30, 2012 at 10:47 am

    They look beautiful!! And extremely delicious [:I love this recipe, bookmarking it!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Thank you! They were delicious, even if the frosting was wonky. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Rachel
    April 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    They do look great. Mine end up looking like a 4 year old decorated them.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      That’s what the other 11 cupcakes look like, trust me. The one in focus is the ONE that turned out okay!

  • Reply
    beti
    April 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I just love it when you turn a delicious drink into food, definetly bookmarking them, they look gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Thank you! These definitely have all the flavors of mimosas in the form of a cupcake. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    April 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve totally been there with the over-obsession of the frosting! I’ve totally scraped it off and re-pipped it too! And these look so perfect for a bridal shower.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I don’t know how some people make the whole frosting thing look so easy! I read and watch all the tutorials and I still can’t manage it!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    April 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    They look beautiful and sound amazing! These would be great for Mother’s Day!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      That’s what I was thinking too!

  • Reply
    Virginia from That Bald Chick
    April 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    These look delish!

  • Reply
    Courtney Rae Jones
    April 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    These are beautiful! So pretty! I’ve definitely scraped off icing, so I could re-do my piping too. I’m glad i’m not the only one! I am looking forward to trying this recipe – maybe for my sister’s wedding shower this upcoming weekend!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone in the scraping and repiping too! I felt so lame as I did it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Shirley
    April 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    It’s not that I think they don’t look that bad — I think they look good!! They’re little cupcakes with pretty pink frosting, and you can see from the little specks that real fruit was used to make the frosting. The polka dot cups are adorable, and the little orange slices are a nice finishing touch. Plus strawberry mimosa sounds fantastic. We’re each our own worst critics, right? πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      I started feeling better about them, then another blogger posted a cupcake recipe today and looking at hers, I wanted to crawl in a hole! But on the bright side, they were delicious! πŸ˜€

      • Reply
        Shirley
        May 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        The mark of a perfectionist. lol And really, doesn’t it matter more that they were delicious? And I still want one.

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    May 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Oh. My. God. These look and sound fabulous. Everything is better with booze. These are the perfect breakfast cupcake! Are you using a tip with your piping bag? I use a Wilton 1M tip to make it look all professional-like.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      I’m not sure which tip I was using, but it was one with just a round hole at the end. Because I have NO CLUE how to use the fancy ones. I really need to learn these things!

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    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen
    May 1, 2012 at 3:51 am

    you’re a perfectionist! I’m the same way!!! πŸ˜€ The focused one looks AWESOME! Although i can’t see the other ones but they look good and make me want to chomp off my laptop!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      The focused one was definitely the best looking one. The other ones were SUPER wonky! I kind of felt like I was cheating by having them out of focus, ha!

  • Reply
    Genevieve
    May 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I would have gotten so frustrated if I had to redo the frosting four times! They look lovely though! I like the occasional mimosa for brunch too, especially when they are more creative like a strawberry or peach mimosa. They are great for celebrations, so these cupcakes would be perfect for a birthday or bridal shower!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Yeah, I was pretty frustrated by the fourth time around, which is why I gave up. πŸ˜‰ I guess my perfectionism only goes so far!

  • Reply
    Stephanie @ henry happened
    May 1, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I just pinned your basil syrup and have to pin this too! You crack me up w/ refrosting 4 times – that is dedication πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

      Dedication or insanity–one of the two. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

    They’re super cute! I can’t pipe frosting to save my life! Maybe you could take a cake decorating course at your local high school through the adult Ed program?

    Either way, if you’re going to be making cupcakes every week I would be happy to take some off your hands.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

      I will mail ALL my wonky cupcakes your way! πŸ˜‰ It’s funny, right after I made these, there was a Groupon for cupcake decorating classes in my town. But I looked it up and they were doing waaaaay advanced things and I just need to learn how to pipe!

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    Val
    May 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had a strawberry mimosa!!! Maybe this will be the way I can try them. πŸ™‚

    I want to take a cupcake decorating class, too. I took a cake decoratig class but they really are quite different! (At least it seems that way…) The forsting gets harder to work with over time from the warmth of your hands. I’ve tried to cool it in the fridge a bit but it really isn’t the same after that.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

      Yeah, the first time I tested the recipe, I put too much strawberry in the frosting so I tried putting it in the fridge, but it still was too soft to pipe. So annoying!

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    May 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Wow these look good and sound yummy! Love the photos.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

      Thank you! It’s hard to go wrong with cupcakes. πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Katie
    May 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I bet they are wonderful! I”m pinning the recipe!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! And yes, they were really good. πŸ˜€

  • Reply
    Connie
    May 5, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Invite me over anytime to taste test πŸ™‚ These look amazing!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      And going back to your review of that cupcake cookbook, this is how I color my frosting without using food coloring. πŸ˜€ This one is a pale pink, but I made a raspberry cream cheese frosting a few months ago with bright pink frosting.

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    Kim of Mo'Betta
    May 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    These cupcakes look great, way better than mine when I frost! I’ve been working on my technique, but….it still needs work! These cupcakes have jumped to the top of the list for what to make for Mother’s Day!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Well, the ones that turned out really awful are out of focus. πŸ˜‰ Trust me, they were pretty shameful. Guess I will just keep trying!

  • Reply
    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    May 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    The trials of food styling! You are getting me jealous between having 80 to 90 degree weather and already having strawberries at the farmer’s market! It’s gray and 47 degrees here right now– I know, what can I expect in the Northwest– and strawberries are at least a month away. BTW, I had no trouble remembering your new blog name– I’m glad you changed.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      May 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      I think we got strawberries a little bit earlier than usual this year because of the mild weather. I have some growing in my garden too, but they’re yellow strawberries and I haven’t quite figured out when to pick them–they’re all either mushy or tart when I eat them!

      I’m really glad I changed the name of my blog too. I just wish I had done it months ago!

  • Reply
    Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
    June 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love this flavor combo! I took some cupcake decorating classes through our local “continuing education” at the high school last year. Also, if you’re into video tutorials, Jamie over at My Baking Addiction has a great video on her Snickers Cupcake post about frosting cupcakes.

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      Kiersten
      June 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      I’ve watched a few video tutorials and somehow my cupcakes still turn out like this. πŸ˜‰ But I’ve been keeping an eye out for a class!

  • Reply
    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen
    March 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    No, your cupcakes look gorgeous – I love your photos! Love the sound of strawberry mimosa cupcakes too!

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