Once More With Feeling

My fellow knitter and stash-enabling cohort (see: Needle Emporium tent sale of a week and a half ago) Diana commissioned me this week to bake her some cupcakes to bring to school – for the teachers, not the kids, to be shared at the staff treats party. She asked for some Cosmopolitan cupcakes specifically, and I was quite happy to try Version 2. I did these today and I’m pleased enough to share with you what I did. They’re so beautiful it’s almost too sad to part with them 😉


They taste both light and decadent at the same time. They’re moist and fluffy and I think using juice concentrate was a better move than the cranberry juice out of the bottle. I wanted to use dried cranberries as well, but for some reason those went astray and I couldn’t find ’em to add them into the batter. For this recipe, I used the Lemonade Cupcakes on this page (which, by the way, are delicious) as the base idea and changed a few things around. If I change it up again I’ll letcha know 😉

“Cosmopolitan” Cupcakes with Lime-Cointreau Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup frozen cranberry juice concentrate or cranberry punch concentrate, thawed
zest of 1 lime
1 cup dried cranberries, chopped
2 drops red food colouring (optional, if you would like a stronger reddish tint in the cake)

1. Allow all ingredients to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line muffin pans with cupcake papers.

2. With a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs 1 at a time and beat until well combined.

3. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Combine buttermilk, thawed concentrate, zest, and cranberries in a separate bowl.
Add in 1 cup each of the dry and wet mixtures alternately, beating on low until the whole mixture is well combined.

4. Fill cups with batter two-thirds full. Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until cupcakes
spring back in the middle when touched lightly. Cool for 10 minutes in pan.

For glaze:
1/4 cup thawed cranberry juice concentrate
1/4 cup vodka

5. Brush with cranberry/vodka glaze when cupcakes are still slightly warm.
When cupcakes are completely cooled, frost with lime-cointreau buttercream:

Lime-Cointreau Buttercream
1/2 c butter
4 c confectioner’s sugar
3 T Cointreau
juice from 1 large lime

Mix all ingredients on high speed until fluffy. Double this recipe if you are doing a lot of piping or have more than 2 dozen cupcakes.

Garnish with: (optional)
Dusting of Lime zest
Dried cranberries


Yum. If you’ll just excuse me, I’ll be over here putting a few aside for myself for later…. ::whistles::

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  1. (oh good grief…I typed a comment and got so excited about copying the recipe that I ‘think’ I forgot to submit it…)

    THANK YOU!!! Glenna, they’re just beautiful and yes, I DID copy the recipe…hopefully someday in this life I’ll find the time and bake some of these little tasty babies.

    Those teachers are SO lucky!

  2. As I was out walking last night I passed by a church with the door to the meeting room propped open. I heard a woman’s voice from inside say, “Hello. My name is Julia. I’m a cupcake-aholic.”

    Shall I get you the meeting times?

  3. Oh man, those look amazing, I am so making them! Question is, what do I do with the rest of the bottle of vodka? 🙂

  4. An update on those cupcakes….. They were put on the treats table along with the usual brownies, squares, cookies, fruit platter, etc. and were gobbled up first! Everyone liked them but couldn’t quite explain WHY they like them (I didn’t tell them they were Cosmo Cupcakes until they were gone). Needless to say, they want another batch next month!

    Thanks for a fabulous treat on the first day of school!

  5. Wow, those are gorgeous! Mmm cranberry and lime. YUM! This months theme is cloves, if you have any ideas, please enter!


  6. I just made these yesterday for a birthday party and they were a HIT! They went like hotcakes. 🙂

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  8. Hey, I saw this on the Ravelry knit ‘n bake group. They look soooooo delicious, and beautifully photographed, too!
    I publish a small knitting magazine–Knitcircus–and we include recipes along with knitting patterns, articles, reviews, etc.

    Would you allow us to reprint the recipe in our summer zine (the theme–sexy/domestic issue–these would count as sexy, I believe!)? No $ is involved, but you get a free full-color magazine and ad space if you have a business you’d like to promote.

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks and take care,

  9. I’m making these tonight for a girlie night in watching Sex and the City… can’t wait!!!


  11. i made these cupcakes today! they turned out cute & i added a few more drops of red food coloring ’cause i couldn’t contain myself LoL took some pics of it on theboogieblog.net

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