Wine Cupcakes!

27 Sep


We’re talking about wine, cupcakes, and friendship today!

All good things.

We’re discussing these things because today happens to be my best friend’s birthday.

We’ve been friends for over 20 years! That’s a long time.

That deserves a blog post.

Being friends as long as we have, there are a lot of great memories that we share.

We rarely talk on the phone but when we do, we usually end up laughing hysterically for hours over the things we did before we knew any better. In other words, our 20’s.

One particularly hilarious memory for me, revolves around a couple of bottles of red wine & how we learned late one night the best way NOT to open them. Word to the wise – corkscrews have a purpose. Keep ’em on hand… just sayin’.

In honor of her special day, I’m posting a recipe that reminds me of her.

These cupcakes are definitely for grown ups. There is wine in the cake & wine in the frosting, I also highly recommend serving them with a glass of wine.

Especially if it’s your birthday. 

Happy Birthday Jill!


Sweet Red Cupcakes

For Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup granulated sugar

1 stick butter – room temperature

2 large eggs

1/4 sweet red wine

1/4 cup milk


For Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese – room temperature

2 tbsp sweet red wine

16 oz. package confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla

red food coloring  – if desired



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl using your stand or hand mixer, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. About 2-3 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until completely incorporated.

Add wine & milk & mix until combined.

Add dry ingredients & mix until smooth.

Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 full & bake for approximately 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.


For Frosting

Beat cream cheese and wine with stand or hand mixer until smooth. About 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in confectioner’s sugar and vanilla until well blended. Frosting will be pale pink. Add a couple drops of red food coloring if you want a deeper colored frosting. Frost cupcake tops.


*Yields 24 cupcakes



3 Responses to “Wine Cupcakes!”

  1. we_should_be_folding_laundry September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Jill: Thanks, Sara! I feel the same way! Hopefully one day we’ll get to meet 🙂


  2. Sara September 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for starting this blog! I love you, Cass! You are an amazing person, wife and mom! Jill, I don’t really know you but Happy Birthday ! Any friend of Class’s is a friend of mine!


  3. we_should_be_folding_laundry September 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Jill : what, we can’t be the only people who’ve ever smashed the tops of wine bottles off on a balcony 🙂 thanks for the bday wishes girl! Xo


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