Summer celebrations will never be the same now without these fun, fruity, and fresh sangria cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but a backyard bbq isn’t complete without a pitcher full of cold sangria. Red, white, berry, or citrus…it really doesn’t matter. Just pass me the pitcher and a tall glass. These sangria cupcakes will be the perfect sweet treat addition to your summer celebration.
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Easy Homemade Sangria Cupcakes
Fluffy oil-based cupcakes made with sangria are wonderfully moist and flavorful. A one-bowl recipe that requires little effort to prepare the batter and bakes up in a flash. These flavorful sangria cupcakes are paired with a light whipped sangria buttercream frosting that requires no extra flavorings or extracts. Using a sangria reduction, a few tablespoons is all that is needed to create this delicious and stupendous sangria frosting.
What Is Sangria?
Sangria is a mixed alcoholic drink originating from Spain. Made with either red or white wine, it is prepared with fresh fruits and/or citrus in a punch-like presentation. Some sangria recipes call for extra flavored liqueurs, sparkling water, and/or brandy and are typically mixed with orange juice. There are several non-alcoholic versions and recipes that are just as fun and flavorful as its boozy originator.
How Do I Make Sangria Flavored Cupcakes
There are a lot of fun extracts and emulsions on the market. I, however, try to stay as real and genuine as possible when introducing a flavor to a baked good. A good ol’ bottle of pre-made sangria was all I needed to create these incredibly flavorful sangria cupcakes.
First, I used the sangria in the cupcake batter straight from the bottle. Well, I measured it first and then it went straight into the batter in place of what typically would be milk. Second, I reduced a cup of the sangria for 20 minutes and used that in the buttercream frosting to really pack a sangria flavor punch.
Non-Alcoholic Sangria Cupcakes
While I love a good alcoholic sangria, I realize not everyone does. And I fully support that! I also fully support still making these sangria cupcakes with non-alcoholic sangria. Here are a few different options:
- Make your own non-alcoholic sangria. Here’s a fabulous recipe from I Heart Naptime.
- Use a premade non-alcoholic sangria beverage. Here’s a yummy one from amazon called Mocktails.
- Swap in non-alcoholic red wine like this one and 1 cup of mixed fresh berries or small diced fruit.
One-Bowl Oil-Based Cupcakes
I love easy. Life is busy with work and kids and all things summer, so an easy cupcake recipe is clutch. And this one-bowl oil-based sangria cupcake recipe is everything easy and delicious. There’s an entire debate regarding oil vs. butter-based cupcakes and I simply do not have space here to go into it. Okay, that’s a lie, I do have space…it is my own blog after all. Truth is, I believe there’s a time and place for both oil and butter-based cupcakes.
Oil-based cupcakes, generally speaking, tend to retain more moisture, have a higher lift, and a more even crumb. The pure and simple ease of using oil in a batter cannot be beaten either. Especially when it’s hot and the fewer appliances on the better.
Much like many one-bowl recipes, this one requires exactly that: one bowl. Into that bowl goes all the dry ingredients for a quick whisk together. Second, in goes the wet ingredients. Do cupcakes get any easier than that? I think not!
Sangria Buttercream Frosting
Not only was this frosting perfectly pink, but it was light, fluffy, and so wonderfully full of that sangria flavor. The trick to using a liquid such as juice, or in this case, sangria, to flavor frosting, is to reduce it. Reducing a liquid means simmering away the water portion. This reduces the volume while concentrating the flavor.
In simpler terms: more bang for your sangria flavor buck! A few tablespoons of this sangria reduction gets whipped into the buttercream frosting and will not only provide a stunning pink color but all the sweet scrumptious sangria flavor needed!
The Best Sangria Cupcakes
Okay, okay…the term “best” gets thrown around a lot. Especially on food blogs. But seriously you guys these are truly the best sangria cupcakes. Easy, fresh, fruity, and totally fun. Perfect for a summer bbq, an evening spent socializing on the patio, or simply a summer-inspired sweet treat. These sangria cupcakes are a superb “cheers” to every sun-filled celebration.
Fresh and Fruity Summer Sweet Treats
Summer is sweet and so should be your treats. Here are a few fun fruity recipes I think you will enjoy:
- Key Lime Pie Cookies
- Easy Lemon Cake
- Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
- Black Forest Cake
- Strawberry Almond Cake
- Peach Rose Cupcakes