15th June 2017

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

Yippee – it’s finally starting to feel like summer here in England, and I can’t think of a better time for baking these cupcakes.

Every year I have a favourite cupcake, and every summer I always eat way too many of them! Oops! Last year it was these strawberry cupcakes and the previous year lemon cupcakes.

Something they all have in common is that they are all made with fresh ‘real’ ingredients and these cupcakes are perfect for those lovely summer days where you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy a piece of cake.

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

Just when I thought I couldn’t get more excited about baking than I already am, the thought of actually adding Prosecco to a cake was literally the best thing ever! The Prosecco buttercream offers something a little more exciting and the orange zesty tang of the cupcake produces a delicious well-balanced combination with the sweet raspberries.

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

They are quite simply, to-die-for. No exaggeration!

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

One last thing before I get to the recipe sharing part… cakes with fruit in tend to shrink down after they cool…have you ever noticed that? So I turned up the oven a notch and baked them hotter and for a shorter period of time.   This seemed to help them keep their shape and stopped the shrinkage! Depending on how your oven cooks you may want to try doing the same.

For the Cupcakes

  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 150 g butter
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or bean paste
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk (a dash of milk would work fine too)
  • 180 g self raising flour
  • 100 g raspberries (plus another 12 for decoration)

For the buttercream

  • 250 g butter
  • 550 g icing sugar
  • 8 tbsp prosecco


For the cupcakes:

1. Preheat oven to 170°C fan and line your tray with your choice of cupcake cases.

2. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Then add the vanilla and buttermilk & mix.

4. Juice the orange and add to the mixture being careful not to get any pips in, mix briefly.  (If you’d like a stronger orange taste then I’d suggest using an extract).

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

5. Add your sieved flour and mix slowly until just combined.

6. Using an ice-cream scoop for consistency add one scoop to each cupcake case. (If you use a spoon they should be around two-thirds full)

7. Poke a raspberry in each cupcake, or two if you prefer! (Make sure it’s not floating on top, but also that it doesn’t go right to the bottom)

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

Mason Cash bowls available here

8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.

9. Remove cupcakes from your tray and allow to cool on a wire rack.

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

To make your buttercream:

1. Beat your butter on its own until completely smooth and a little paler than normal.

2. Add half of your icing sugar and mix well. Repeat this until all of the icing sugar has been added. (I use a little more icing sugar than normal in the recipe to avoid it being too runny.  If you find it too sweet replace half of your butter with salted butter)

3. Add one table-spoon of Prosecco to your buttercream at a time.  I stopped at 8 as this tasted just right for me, but having a little taste as you go (any excuse) 😉

4. Pipe on to your cupcakes, or using the back of spoon swirl it on…that’s what I’ve done here.

Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream

Happy indulging!

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On a completely separate note all the photos in this post were taken on a iPhone 7 plus phone which was sent to me from the Three network to review and have a little play.  I never thought I’d get along with such a big phone but I am totally in love with it! My Canon is feeling seriously left out lately! The focus, the light, and the portrait mode – amazing.  For anyone keen on taking good photos, especially if you have a busy life and it’s sometimes difficult to set up your big camera – this phone is the answer!

44 responses to “Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream”

  1. Eva says:

    Oh my! This sounds heavenly gorgeous. And not too complicated either. Win-win, will try it for sure.

  2. Isabella says:

    Omygoodness this looks amazing. Going to try this out x

  3. Danielle says:

    These look divine! I’m sitting here having some coffee and thinking it would be so perfect to have one right now. I nice sweet brunch snack!

  4. Amanda says:

    These look gorgeous and they look like they taste amazing, too! I will have to give this a go!

  5. I love cupcakes, they are delicious and pretty, very good yours

  6. You had me at Prosecco!! These look divine!

  7. Dean B says:

    Oh my! This looks like heaven! If I even attempt to make this, I’ll have to make sure I keep it to myself and not share with my husband, especially my 6-year-old daughter 🙂 – Dean of Little Steps.

  8. MissHarleyRose says:

    These look like actual heaven!!!

  9. Crystal says:

    These look soooo good! Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. I’d love to make these sometime soon 🙂

  10. Prosecco Buttercream?!?! YES PLEASE

    that sounds EPIC!!

  11. My Feet Will Lead Me says:

    These seriously look divine! Natalie, I’m drooling! Glad to have found your blog and will hopefully try this recipe soon!

  12. Tricia says:

    These look delish! I love love love raspberries, so I will surely be trying this recipe soon 🙂

  13. Those look so yummy and elegant. I deftinely have to try!

  14. Rik Le Tourneau says:

    These look amazing. I’ll try these this weekend.

  15. rinalosingit says:

    Those look beautiful! My raspberry obsessed hubby would be obsessed!

  16. anniesnomsblog says:

    I love this flavour combo!! And you are killing my with the prosecco buttercream; so amazing!! These are such glorious cupcakes! 😀

  17. These sound amazing, and Prosecco buttercream?! Sign me up!
    Dani x

  18. ohshesahotmess says:

    Well now that I am drooling over here! I love raspberry and orange anything!

  19. These look AMAZING! Fab photos – Vivian

  20. Oh my yum! Totally making this!

  21. Laura stevens says:

    Wow these look amazing!

  22. These look absolutely scrumptious! Will have to try them this summer x

  23. These look incredible, off to buy the ingredients so that we can try them out x

  24. These sound delicious and would be perfect for Summer parties! Especially with the prosecco! xo

  25. nicolemwooley says:

    These look absolutely fantastic!!!! I love anything lemon so I’m putting these on my to-try list!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my goodness I am loving the sound of this, especially the Prosecco buttercream! I have a bottle of Prosecco in my fridge, I am inspired!

  27. Jagruti says:

    these cakes looks gorgeous..do you mind if if I grab couple of them 🙂

  28. Helen says:

    Oo these look and sound incredible – love the addition of prosecco in the buttercream 🙂

  29. I will definitely be giving these ago, they sound delicious 🙂

  30. Helen says:

    I couldn’t not click on this link – Prosecco buttercream??? I’ve been missing out for so long! Love the little raspberries in the centres.

  31. Eva Luna says:

    Oh my, your pictures are mouth watering~
    I bookmarked this recipe and i’ll try it out in the weekend ^_^

  32. Oh MY giddy aunt! These sound to die for. I literally NEED to eat all of these! ALL OF THEM! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

  33. These sound and look absolutely amazing. The pictures are fantastic too.

  34. These look delicious! I never tried to cook with prosecco but love to drink it. I believe these must be amazing and with a glass of prosecco it must be an amazing refreshment for a party.

  35. Britt says:

    these look so yummy, I can’t wait to try them!

  36. Ginger by Choice says:

    Your Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes with Prosecco Buttercream are the perfect treats for a girls night! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  37. This is so beautiful and now I want some cupcakes.

  38. Joanna says:

    These cupcakes definitely came from the foodie heaven! Prosecco and raspberries go so well together (I always add fresh raspberries in my glass of fizz) so I can imagine they make the cupcakes taste divine! I’d love to try and make them, it doesn’t sound like a hard recipe.

  39. Sonia says:

    These look amazing. Totally not good for my diet. Why oh why can’t we just eat anything without gaining weight lol x

  40. Well this flavour combo looks and sounds absolutely divine. Yummy. Sarah

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