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Easy and delicious passionfruit martini cupcakes with a vodka soaked passion fruit curd stuffed cupcake, vodka buttercream frosting, passion fruit and prosecco! 

It’s post Christmas, and I am in the mood for a party – because it’s nearly New Years Eve! For this years New Years Eve bake I have gone down the line of one of my favourite drinks in the world (because I am extremely basic) – a passionfruit martini in cupcake form… So here are my passionfruit martini cupcakes! 

A passionfruit martini if you don’t already know is usually a mix of vodka, passion fruit liqueur, sugar syrup, lime, passion fruit and prosecco. These ingredients can change and vary depending on your point of view, or recipe you use, however. 

I love a passionfruit martini as passionfruit is one of my favourite flavours in the world – I don’t know why I love it so much, other than it being DELICIOUS. A Passionfruit Martini is, usually, the cocktail I will order at any place I go. I tend to panic and order one as it’s usually pretty safe. 

This recipe for these Passionfruit Martini cupcakes is utterly delicious – and finally another bake with a kick! My Gin & Tonic bakes are always a hit with you guys – but I thought I might as well expand the selection that is perfect for something like NYE. But one thing I will say, these are not kid friendly. 

You can obviously make these child friendly by removing the vodka – a fairly obvious suggestion – but honestly, just leave it out! It’s not needed if you want these cupcakes alcohol free. You do not need to replace the vodka with anything else either! So easy, and still just as delicious. 

For the cupcakes, I went for an easy cupcake recipe. It is just a plain sponge – with butter, caster sugar, self raising flour and eggs. Four ingredients makes something delicious – and it’s so easy! I naturally use a baking spread for the cupcake mix as it creates a beautiful bake – and the eggs, flour and caster sugar are just standard. 

Once baked into the beautiful baking cups I chose, and fresh out of the oven, I spooned over some vodka. This naturally soaked into the sponges as they cooled. I then cored out some of the cupcake to add in some passionfruit curd. This is utterly optional, but who doesn’t love an extra passionfruit flavour?!

For the buttercream frosting I followed a similar idea to my gin & tonic cupcakes, but obviously with vodka! If you wanted to have a Prosecco hit, you can try and add it here using a Prosecco syrup (boiling down Prosecco and sugar to a syrup) – but I just went straight with the vodka. 

You can use a passionfruit syrup or liqueur if you wanted – but you don’t want to overkill on the liquid. You MUST use block unsalted butter and not a baking spread or margarine of any kind. You need to make sure to use this otherwise you will end up with buttercream soup!

For the decoration, I decided to go a little overboard as these are meant to be celebration cupcakes, and used some edible gold glitter spray, a bit of a gold straw for decoration, and I used some small pipettes to add a mini ‘shot’ of prosecco to each cupcake. 

My decoration is always optional, but I like to fit the theme! If you want to use something else instead of the prosecco in the pipettes then go for it! I also used a quarter of a passionfruit per cupcake as they usually do feature in the cocktail itself! I thought half a passionfruit may be too large, but its entirely up to you!! 

Enjoy this recipe – and have a safe and happy New Years!! x

Passionfruit Martini Cupcakes!

Easy and delicious passionfruit martini cupcakes with a vodka soaked passion fruit curd stuffed cupcake, vodka buttercream frosting, passion fruit and prosecco! 
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Category: Cupcakes
Type: Cupcakes
Keyword: Martini, Passionfruit
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling & Decorating: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Author: Jane's Patisserie

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 200 g unsalted butter/stork
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • 150 ml vodka
  • 100 g passionfruit curd

Decoration

  • 200 g unsalted butter (room temp)(not stork)
  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 50-100 ml vodka
  • 4 passionfruit (cut into quarters)
  • 60 ml prosecco
  • sprinkles/glitter

Instructions

Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/160ºfan and prep 12 muffin size cupcake cases or baking cups.
  • Beat the unsalted butter/stork with the caster sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Combine the eggs and self-raising flour with the butter/sugar mix until well combined. It won’t take too long to mix!
  • Spoon the mix into the cupcake cases evenly and bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer poked into one of the cakes comes out clean and they are springy to touch.
  • Once out of the oven, drizzle over 1tbsp of vodka per cupcake - let the cupcakes cool fully.
  • Once cooled, core out the middle of each cupcake and add a spoonful of passionfruit curd.

Buttercream

  • Beat the unsalted butter with an electric mixer for a couple of minutes to loosen it – gradually beat in the icing sugar until well combined.
  • Add the vodka to the buttercream one spoonful at a time, beating well each time. This buttercream can be naturally a bit softer so it's important to use block unsalted butter and not a spread.

Decoration

  • Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes in swirls - I used a 2d closed star piping tip.
  • I sprinkled some edible gold glitter onto the cupcakes, and then inserted a pipette with some prosecco in.
  • I then added a quarter of a passionfruit per cupcake, and part of a gold straw for looks.

Notes

  • These cupcakes will last for 3+ days at room temp
  • You can freeze these cupcakes for 3+ months
  • The vodka is optional - you can just leave it out.
  • You can swap the vodka for passionfruit liqueur if you want, or more prosecco.
  • I used these beautiful baking cups
  • I used these pipettes for the prosecco (if you want alcohol free, you can use passionfruit juice or something similar!)
  • I used this piping tip for the decoration. 
  • I also coloured my frosting slightly with a dab of orange and yellow food colouring, but this is entirely optional. 

ENJOY!

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24 Comments

  1. Melissa on January 12, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Hi Jane I am making these for my fiancé’s birthday! Quick question, can I make the cakes today will they last until tomorrow evening and still be fresh if I keep them in an air tight container?! Maybe I could add the Prosecco and passion fruit tomorrow morning?

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 13, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Yes this should work fine! Enjoy! x



  2. nikki on January 10, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    5 stars
    made the cupcakes for a friends 50th birthday, but could it be made into a loaf cake or tray bake?

  3. Natalie on January 9, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    These sounds amazing could I use vanilla vodka? Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2022 at 3:27 pm

      Yes absolutely you can! Enjoyyy! x



  4. Amanda on December 31, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Can this recipe be converted into a 8in cake or would that make it have to much alcohol?

  5. Zoe on December 27, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    These look unbelievable and cannot wait to try. If making alcohol free, can passion fruit juice be used as the drizzle over cupcakes and in the buttercream instead of the vodka? Thanks 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 30, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      Yes absolutely it can! Hope this helps, enjoy! x



  6. Vicky on December 27, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Jane,

    This recipe looks great – exactly what I want to bake for NYE!

    I was just wondering, could I switch out the buttercream icing for cream cheese icing? Would the alcohol in it affect the consistency if I changed it to cream cheese?

    Thanks,
    Vicky

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 29, 2021 at 10:57 am

      You can do, but you will not want to add any liquid such as the alcohol as it will ruin the CCF! x



  7. Deborah on December 27, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    👍Thank you for your reply. Brilliant I can make use of
    My Foodie Flavours flavouring! Any suggestions on number of drops in each of the buttercream and sponge? Deborah

  8. Emma on December 27, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Can I ask where you got the passion fruit curd or was it something you made yourself?

    Thanks for this recipe, can’t wait to make it for New Years Eve!

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 27, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      You can buy it in some supermarkets, it’s worth a google based on what shops are near you, and I plan to have a recipe in the future!



    • Louise on December 30, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      I got some from booths but Aldi also have it in at the moment



  9. Rachel on December 27, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Hi Jane, I was wondering do you have to put in the alcohol or could you leave it out/swap it for something else??
    Thanks again-Rachel

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 27, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      Hey! As mentioned on the post you can swap it or leave it out!



  10. Yvonne miller on December 27, 2021 at 9:24 am

    5 stars
    I have your book ..amazing … I absolutely love your recipes because they’re not super difficult .. your recipes got me through xmas! Thank u

  11. Deborah on December 27, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Hi Jane. These look sensationally! Brilliantly for New Years Eve or Day. But why wait till then!!! 👩🏻‍🍳😋😋😘 I happen to have some passion fruit curd too. 👍Instead of using the pipette to add Prosecco (and I trust this is to be pushed through the buttercream into the sponge of the cupcake not just as a Prosecco hit for the buttercream) could I use the foodie flavours Prosecco flavouring and add drops to the sponge?

    Which vodka do you use and which Prosecco do you use. Can you add a link please?

    Hope to get a reply soon. Thanks for sharing such yumminess! Happy Baking!

    Deborah

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Yes you can use flavouring, and you can use any vodka or prosecco.



  12. Susan lee on December 27, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Where do you passionfruit curd from .if you make your own then can we have recipe pls

    • Jane's Patisserie on December 27, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      You can buy it in some supermarkets, it’s worth a google based on what shops are near you, and I plan to have a recipe in the future!



  13. Kelly on December 27, 2021 at 8:15 am

    My absolute favourite too! Can’t wait to try these!! Thanks Jane!

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