Desserts and Sweets

Champagne and Strawberry Cupcakes

At 9:07 a.m. Pacific Time, one year ago, our little Princess entered the world. Today she turns one, and I can’t even begin to tell you where the year went. When did the precious tiny baby who entered our lives become this vivacious, bright-eyed toddler? Happy birthday baby girl! Your daddy and I are so blessed to have you in our lives and grow with you.

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

We celebrated Princess A’s first birthday in Florida while visiting family with a small birthday party. I, of course, baked for the occasion and got a bit carried away with cupcakes. I knew I was not going to have enough time to make a large cake, I didn’t even have a chance to finish the edible hot air balloon I planned for the dessert table, but I knew I would have time to make some beautiful cupcakes. I made chocolate dipped “cloud pops” (marshmallow pops), hot air balloon and cloud cookies, and four different kinds of cupcakes: guava cheese, salted malted chocolate, caramel mocha, and champagne and strawberry. The original plan was to make two kinds of cupcakes, but I can’t choose and so we made four narrowed from a list of nearly eight.

A partial snapshot of the dessert table at Princess A's party

A partial snapshot of the dessert table at Princess A’s party

The champagne and strawberry cupcakes were a huge hit and I decided to share the recipe so I could have it to reference later instead of making it up as I go each time, which is a bad habit I don’t really intend to break soon.

Champagne Cupcake Recipe

When choosing your champagne, you’ll want to select a brut to balance the sweetness of the champagne with the sugar in the cupcake. An extra dry champagne is actually sweeter than a brut, and the extra brut is drier.

Strawberry Champagne Cupcake Recipe

Fun fact, but did you know that not all sparkling wines can be called champagne? The “champagne” designation is reserved for sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France and there are actually treaties and international laws protecting this labeling. I personally used a California sparkling wine for both the cupcakes at Princess’ party and the batch I made this week. 😉

Champagne and Strawberry Cupcakes

I hope you enjoy the cupcakes, and maybe take a moment to celebrate with us as our little girl reaches her first milestone birthday, or for the Godfather’s birthday tomorrow. What a beautiful way to ring in each New Year, with hope, joy, and birthdays galore! Cheers to 2015 darlings!

Champagne and Strawberry Cupcakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
38 mins
Cupcakes, champagne, and strawberry... a perfect combination for any celebration!
Servings: 12 -16 cupcakes
Author: Goodie Godmother
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 c champagne or sparkling wine
  • 8-10 oz strawberry preserves
  • 2 tbsp sticks unsalted butter* softened, 16
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp champagne
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F, and prepare a standard cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a medium mixing bowl), beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
  3. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the buttermilk.
  6. Stir in the 1/4 cup of champagne and then spoon the mixture into the prepared cupcake pan, filling each liner about 2/3 of the way.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the cupcake tops spring back when gently pressed.
  8. Remove from the oven immediately and transfer to a cooling rack.
  9. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by whipping the butter and salt until light and fluffy at medium speed, then adding the powdered sugar slowly at low speed. Add the champagne.
To finish the cupcakes:
  1. Fit a piping bag with a cupcake filler tip and fill each cupcake with about a teaspoon or so of strawberry preserves.
  2. Fill another bag, fitted with a jumbo frosting tip, with your buttercream frosting and top the cupcakes.
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
*If you use salted butter for the frosting, omit the pinch of salt.

Toast a special occasion with strawberry champagne cupcakes! Champagne in the batter and frosting give cupcakes a celebratory twist with a strawberry filling surprise! Recipe on

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  • Reply
    Whitney @ That Square Plate
    January 1, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I’m not much of a baker (even if thats my last name!) but I do like cooking with booze 🙂 I love the incorporation of champagne!! YUM. I’m sure these are to-die for!! Happy New Year!!

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    Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
    December 31, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Such beautiful cupcakes Mary! I love the sweet pink color – totally perfect for a birthday party! And what a lovely way to celebrate every new year!

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    Brian Jones
    December 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Sparkling wine in Hungary is huge and they will not touch that nasty Champagne stuff, it has to be Pezsgő, locally made and much sweeter than a tratitional sparkling wine. Love the idea of this little things, how does this recipe scale, do you think it would work well reduced by half?

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      The Godmother
      December 30, 2015 at 7:51 am

      Having reduced the recipe by half myself, yes, it does work well! 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Reply
    December 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Girl – you are killing me with these cupcakes! I love the color and I especially love the stuffing!

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    Byron Thomas
    December 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Um, I could make an entire meal out of these! Strawberries and champagne are such classic flavour combinations.

  • Reply
    August 11, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    These cupcakes look amazing! Now I know what to make with the bottle of champagne on the counter!

  • Reply
    July 11, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Hi, just wondering. So I wanted to bake these for my friends bday party (she’s 24) & I was wondering how I could tweak the recipe safely to be able to add more champaign or even put some type of liquor in the strawberry filling???? I don’t want it to be overwhelming of course. But still a little more boozy than the usual adult cupcake. Lol thanks!! 🙂 I’m excited to make these! Super cute!

    • Reply
      July 11, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Hi Nat! I would probably add the extra liquor in the filling instead of in the cake batter. I think it would be wonderful to draw inspiration from liquors commonly used in champagne cocktails, so stirring in some brandy or creme de cassis with the strawberry jam would be lovely! The nice thing is, you can test the filling as you go (start with 1 tbsp and go from there) to suit the desired level of alcohol flavor. Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  • Reply
    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    February 4, 2015 at 4:00 am

    You put my mothering skills to shame. At my kiddoes party I had only i cupcake with no icing what soever.

    • Reply
      February 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Ha! If it makes you feel any better, I did absolutely no cooking for the savory food with the exception of a feta, rosemary, garlic scone. 😉

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