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Cucumber martini cupcakes are sophisticated – fresh, not cloyingly sweet, and graced with gin and vermouth in both cupcake and frosting.  Cucumber martini cupcakes are not for everyone (a few tasters balked at the unusual flavor and promptly discarded their cupcakes).  Yet, if you relish cucumber martinis or the crisp feel cucumber imparts to any beverage (even simple cucumber water), you’ll likely be fond of cucumber martini cupcakes – a dessert destined for a trendy bar’s small sleek menu alongside local cheeses, charcuterie, mini scoops of house-made ice cream, and a bowl of truffled popcorn.


Cucumber Martini Cupcake Recipe

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Cucumber Martini Cupcakes

Servings 16 cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour not self-rising
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons gin
  • 1 tablespoon vermouth
  • 2/3 cup cucumber juice for the batter + 3/4 cup cucumber juice for infusing the cupcakes after they are out of the oven I used about two cucumbers and got the juice by using a juicer. If you don't have a juicer, you can still make cucumber juice following the directions from Livestrong.

Martini Cream Cheese Frosting ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon gin
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vermouth


Cupcake instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together sugar, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes. Because there is so little butter, you'll end up with a very fine crumb texture.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, oil, vanilla extract, gin, and vermouth until smooth.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
  6. Slowly add cucumber juice and mix on low speed until just combined. The batter will be liquid. (Don't worry, you didn't do anything wrong. It's supposed to be that way.)
  7. Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
  8. Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it. If they are not done, test again in two minutes. If they are still not done, test again in another two minutes.
  9. While the cupcakes are still warm, use a toothpick to poke holes in them. Drizzle about two teaspoons of cucumber juice on top of each cupcake. The cucumber juice should get absorbed into the cupcake and enhance its cucumber taste.

Martini Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar until fully combined.
  3. Mix in gin and vermouth until just combined.
  4. Spread onto cooled cupcakes. Note: This frosting will be too thin to pipe.

Recipe Notes

Candied Cucumber Topper

The candied cucumber topper makes these cucumber martini cupcakes extra special. Check out my post on candied cucumber for the recipe.



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11 comments on “Cucumber Martini Cupcakes”

  1. I’m not sure about this one Stef but it’s probably because I’m not a huge fan of cucumbers in any form. Heck, I don’t even like pickles!

    They sure do look pretty though:) Promise you won’t laugh but I attempted to make Bubble Gum Cupcakes. If you get a chance, drop by my blog to see. Have you ever posted Bubble Gum Cupcakes? I was going to use your recipe for the best Vanilla Cupcakes EVER but I chickened out. (not to mention I didn’t want to ruin your recipe, lol:)

    Thanks for sharing and keep those cupcakes coming!!!!

  2. Priyasays:

    Fabulous cupcakes,marvellous.

  3. Nataliesays:

    The question is, which STL restaurant is going to start serving these? Time for you to market these babies :)

  4. This is the reason I love your blog. You are creative and offer interesting recipes I might not have thought of otherwise. Not sure If I would love it I am a bit of a sweet tooth. Happy New Year.

  5. Stefsays:

    Natalie – Hah! I see them at someplace like Bridge or Taste as minis.

  6. Lesliesays:

    Um-yeah…that is one super creative cupcake missy!!!!!

  7. yes please! love cucumber drinks…would love to give these a try! just shared over at FB :)

  8. What a cupcake recipe. And it looks soo good with that cucumber hanging out on top.

  9. What a good cupcakes that will surely entices your palate. Thanks for sharing the recipe and I would like to feature your recipe here in my web blog just to share it with my friends.

  10. What a brilliant idea for a cupcake, these look so cute! :)

  11. Very interesting… I really like it… Thank you so much…

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