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Regular readers know that it is a tradition of mine to make my apple cobbler cupcakes every year.  Each time, I switch things up a little.  I’ve made apple cobbler cupcakes with pumpkin pie frosting,  with a crumb topping, and baked inside of a pumpkin cupcake.  If it isn’t obvious, I’m love with the recipe.  This year, I decided to give my apple cobbler cupcakes an adult twist and I turned them into appletini cupcakes!

My apple cobber cupcakes are quite dense (like a cobbler) so I lightened them up a little by adding vodka to the batter and finished them with a boozy vodka frosting.  They taste just like a good appletini should (full of apple flavor, spices, and alcohol – not fake apple candy flavoring).

These appletini cupcakes were a hit with my friends, especially because they were baked in Cakes Under The Influence’s adorable martini-shaped baking cups.  How fun is it to be able to cheers with a cupcake?!

Appletini Cupcakes The Cakes Under the Influence kits are really easy to use.

Appletini Cupcakes

They come with special silicone molds that fit in standard cupcake tins.

Appletini Cupcakes

The kits also come with metal baking cups that fit into the silicone molds.  Place Cakes Under the Influence’s custom-sized liners into the metal baking cups and fill with batter, just as you would any other cupcake liner.

Appletini Cupcakes

To serve the appletini cupcakes, remove the liners from the metal cups and drop them into the special drink glasses that come with the kit.  If you can bake cupcakes, you can make these cocktail cupcakes!

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Appletini Cupcakes
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Appletini Cupcakes

Servings 12 cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients

  • See apple cobbler cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup vodka

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • green sanding sugar optional


Cupcake Instructions

  1. Prepare batter according to the instructions in the apple cobbler cupcake post, but stir in the 1/4 cup of vodka just before filling cupcake liners and baking.

Frosting Instructions

  1. Beat butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl on high speed for three minutes or until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time until combined.
  3. Mix in vodka.
  4. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
  5. Optionally, sprinkle green sanding sugar around the edge of the cupcakes.

Recipe Notes

The vodka makes this frosting too thin to pipe so it must be spread onto the cupcakes.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cakes Under the Influence.  The party pictures and recipe are all mine.

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4 comments on “Appletini Cupcakes”

  1. Maesays:

    Very cute idea! I also like the idea of doing a little apple shavings to put on them, give it a little tang!

  2. THIS IS SO CREATIVE!! I never would have thought to make a “martini” out of a cupcake. I think for a friend’s birthday in a few weeks I may just try it! Thanks for a great idea, Stef!!

    &I love when people combine dessert and booze into one thing, you can never go wrong. :)

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