Moscato Cherry Cupcakes

I have yet to meet a cupcake I didn’t like and today is no exception. Anytime I can pair fruit with its complementary adult beverage is a win for me. And then to take it a step further and wrap it up into a dessert - jackpot! The fruit brings a fresh element and wonderful texture - especially to cupcakes. Our fruit of choice today is cherry and we’re pairing it with a luscious moscato buttercream. This cupcake recipe gives you such a moist cupcake and I’m so excited to share it with you.

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Wondering what other pairings you could experiment with? Below this recipe is a chart to keep in mind for future pairing options.

Moscato Cherry Cupcakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Serves 24

Moscato Syrup

  • 2 cups moscato wine


  • ½ cup milk
  • 1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup cherry juice (from Maraschino cherries)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons moscato syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup chopped Maraschino cherries, roughly chopped

Moscato Buttercream

  • 3 sticks butter
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2-4 Tablespoons cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons moscato syrup


  • Maraschino cherries with stems


  1. First, make the moscato syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add moscato wine and heat to a boil then reduce slightly to just short of a rapid boil; let reduce for about 30 minutes. You should end up with 3/4 cup liquid/syrup.
  2. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Fill cupcake tins with liners; set aside. In a small bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, excluding the chopped cherries, add remaining ingredients including the milk/lemon mixture. Beat on medium speed with a hand mixer for 2 minutes. Then, fold in the chopped cherries. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 full and bake for about 18 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 
  4. For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar and cream and beat until just combined. Add vanilla and moscato syrup and beat until light and fluffy; about 5 minutes. Add a little more powdered sugar if consistency is a too  thin.
  5. Frost cooled cupcakes with any piping tip you like. Top cupcakes with a cherry and enjoy!

With a cherry on top,


Fruit and wine pairing chart
Fruit and wine pairing chart courtesy of this site.