I Tried It: Sangria Cupcakes

June 8th, 2015 by Desiree Smith

One of the many perks of working at Wilton is being near the Test Kitchen and sampling tasty new recipes. One of my favorite samples last year were these sangria cupcakes and I’ve been waiting for the right occasion to make them. This past weekend I held a backyard party for my birthday and planned to feature a sangria bar. These cupcakes were the perfect fit!


Sangria Cupcakes


The recipe isn’t a difficult one to follow, but it is a little more time consuming than the average cupcake since you’re making the filling and icing from scratch. Trust me when I say it’s well worth it. I used the new Color Right™ Performance Color System when coloring my batter. Five drops of red color is all it took to get a nice pink shade.





Since I was going with a tropical theme for my party, these floral ColorCups Baking Cups matched perfectly with my decor. Once my cupcakes were cooled, I made the filling and buttercream icing. The filling was so easy to make! In just a few minutes, my ingredients began to congeal and I soon had a thick, gelatin-like filling. If you haven’t added filling to a cupcake before, it’s pretty simple. There are two different ways to do it:


The icing took me a little longer as I did not have my heat  up high enough when reducing the cup of sangria, so I had to boil and simmer it twice. Reducing the sangria helps to thicken the liquid and intensify the flavor.

The cupcakes were a big hit at my party, and by the end of the night there weren’t any left. They were the finishing touch to my sangria bar!


As you can probably tell, I love a glass of fruity sangria on a warm summer day. What’s one of your favorite summer treats?

Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

4 Replies

  1. Margo Osti says:

    I very much want to make your Sangria cupcakes; however, the directions for making the “prepared sangria” were not included in the directions. You list “prepared sangria” within the cake mix and the filling and the frosting; and yet, the closest direction for preparing the sangria is “Bring sangria to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until reduced to 1/4 cup liquid, approximately 10 minutes.” Is this the direction for “prepared sangria?” If it is, the recipe calls for 2-1/4 cups of prepared sangria. How much sangria will I need to purchase to make 2-1/4 cups? How much should I boil to reduce to 2-1/4 cups?

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Margo,

      Thanks for your comment! Prepared sangria is just any type of bottled, “ready to drink” sangria. I used an entire bottle of sangria in this recipe. The brand I used was Yellow Tail Red Sangria, as it was just $5.99. The instructions for boiling the sangria helps intensify the flavor – those instructions do not relate to preparing a sangria recipe.

      I hope that helps, and hope you give the cupcakes a try! They are delicious!

      Happy Baking,


  2. wilma says:

    Thank you for this! I got the virus for baking and decorating!! The kids like to take the decorated (mini)cupcakes to school. For pre school party I decorated with neon yellow. Every one was excited. So I promoted a little for Wilton, the coloring and the flavours.
    Thanks again.

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