Pomegranate Cosmopolitan Cupcakes

December 5, 2008 at 12:46 AM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
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Happy Happy Friday! ::doing the chicken dance::

Is it too early in the morning to celebrate Friday with a crunkcake?


I don’t know about you but pomegranate seems to have taken the foodie world by storm these days. You feeling that too? I get at least one pomegranate recipe in my google reader everyday. Trust me. I aint complaining!

Pomegranates are really popular in CA. My childhood home use to have some pomegranate trees growing in the backyard. I remember my mom eating pom seeds by the handful when I was younger. Unfortunately as a child I didn’t appreciate the pom goodness but now that my palate is more refined (Yeah right?! I still love me some fishsticks!) its one of my favorite sweet-tart flavors.

Thankfully I don’t need a tree to get my pom craving though. (It would prove hard since I lack a yard and I have a feeling my balcony wouldn’t be sufficient. HAHA) The well known ©Pom Wonderful company makes pomegranates (fruit and juice) easily available in most grocery stores near me. I have to admit I am a sucker for the cutey patooty heart pom logo on the bottle too. What can I say? I am easy target for advertising gimics. Why do you think I love infomercials? HAHA

But it wasn’t until I was watching Ina Garten’s show last week and saw her mixing up a Pomegranate Cosmopolitan out of vodka, lime juice, Grand Marnier and pomegranate juice that I knew I had to figure out how to make that into a cupcake!

How could that be bad? <– Can you hear Ina Garten saying it in your head?

(Recipe adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop & Recipezaar | photos from me!)

Makes about 12 cupcakes (I got 9 cupcakes)


For lime cupcakes
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I used juice from 1 lime)
zest of one lime

For Grand Marnier glaze
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp orange juice (I used juice from 1/2 an orange)
2 tbsp Grand Marnier

For pomegranate-vodka buttercream frosting
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3 to 3-1/2 cups powder sugar
1-3 tsp vodka, to taste (I used Skyy vodka)
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses*

lime wedges, garnish (optional)
pomegranate seeds**, garnish (optional)

* Here is a step-by-step how-to open a pomegranate. Works great!
** If you can’t find pom molasses, you can make your own! Thats what I did. This recipe makes a good amount but there are so many cool pom molasses recipes out there to use it up!


To make cupcakes—
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Measure out milk, lime juice, and lime zest. Add flour mixture and milk alternatively, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove the cupcakes from the oven. While the cupcakes are still warm, poke holes in cupcakes with a toothpick or skewer and drizzle 1/2-1 tsp glaze over each cupcake. Let cool before frost.

[While cupcakes are baking, make Grand Marnier glaze.]

To make Grand Marnier glaze—
In small saucepan, heat 1/3 cup sugar and orange juice over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier. Set aside.

To make Pom-vodka frosting—
Using a flat beater, cream the butter. Add the pom molasses until combined. Gradually add 3 cups powdered sugar and mix well. Add more sugar if you want a thicker consistency. (If you want to make the buttercream thinner, you can slowly add a little milk.) Add vodka and mix to combine.

To assemble cupcakes—
Using a 7ST star tip, frost cupcake. Drizzle with pom molasses and garnish with pomegranate seeds (aka arils) or lime wedge.


Husband rating: A-/B+
He has an aversion to alcohol in frosting (too many bad “praying to the porcelain god” memories from his younger days. LOL) so the buttercream wasn’t his favorite but he liked the lime cupcake.

Wifey rating: A
It really tastes like a cosmo! The Grand Marnier glaze and lime cupcake were so good together. I definitely have to use that Grand Marnier glaze again! Yummy! The pom buttercream was tangy and sweet at the same time. All in all a good cupcake to quench your comso thirst without the hangover. Niiiiiice.

** Don’t forget to enter my UnBlogiversary giveaway! Last chance to enter by December 7th @ 12midnight EST. Check back for another giveaway Tuesday, December 9th too!



  1. They look yummy, as do all your cupcakes. I’d probably have to agree with your husband and leave out the vodka, but other than that this recipe looks great!

  2. You had me at “Cosmopolitan” :) Never too early in the day for that. After all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. :)

  3. JOELI, You have some bad porcelain god days too huh? haha

    APRIL, LOL @ 5 oclock. How’s that for rationalizing? Love it. ::getting out the margarita mix::

  4. These look so good. How creative to take a drink and make a cupcake!!! Brilliant.

  5. Those look awesome. Definitely gets a star.

  6. I just had my first pomegranate over thanksgiving and other than all the work it is to get at the seeds, I’m hooked on it as a bite size snack.

    But I had a pom martini the other night that was not very tasty, so I’m sure the addition of some sugar or sweetness like in a cupcake would help it quite a bit.

  7. I’m not such a fan of eating actual pomengranates because I live in fear of breaking a tooth on the seeds. But I do like pomengranate flavors. Especially the pomengranate jelly bellies. Yummy! And yes, you have me wishing I had a crunkcake for breakfast. I’m turning into a degenerate. :)

  8. FOODLIBARIAN, That’s me. Miss Creative. Or maybe b/c it helps me rationalize boozing if its in cupcake form? HAHA

    JEN, I heart stars ;)

    ZEBE, Maybe you got a dud cosmo? Pom cosmos are SO good! Next time you are in my neck of the woods I’ll take you to get one. It will knock your socks off!

    MARY, You eat the seeds? I kinda just smoosh the juice out and spit (klassy huh?) the hard seed parts in the trash. Turning? Let’s be real. You were always a degenerate right? HAHA

  9. I can’t drink anything with vodka in it, so Cosmos are out for me, but a Cosmo cupcake? Yum! It sounds and looks delicious!

    I grew up in CA and I remember all the kids bringing pomegranates to school and eating the seeds. That seems like such a luxury out here in the midwest!

  10. TANYA, Bummer about your vodka intolerance! So many good drinks are made of vodka. My favorite being the caramel apple martini. So.freaking.good. I think you should move back to CA personally ;) We have pomegranates! haha

  11. I just had to check back and see what you were going to do with those pomegranates and you “teased” with!

    This looks so great, you are awesome!

    ;) amy

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  13. AMY, So glad you checked back! ;)

  14. Hey I just stumbled across your website and I just wanted to let you know that…I love you…lol not in the creepy stalkerish way but in the wow I admire you so much kind of way. Love your site and can’t wait to try out some of your recipes at home!

  15. KIM, LOL @ creepy stalkerish way. Thats good to know :) Glad you enjoy my blog. If you try any recipes please let me know what you think. I love to hear reviews!

  16. I’ve never had pomegrate before, just the juice. I think you made a really cool combinatin, it’s always nice to try new flavours. As for the infomercials.. do you know how excited I was when we got the steam buggy? I was looking for things to clean! If only we got those knifes that cut through shoes or frozen meat.. my mom doesn’t trust them.. haha

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  18. STEPH, Steam buggy! I totally want one of those but T says I (he) has to draw the line somewhere. Darn him. LOL

  19. Wow, your website is awesome! I can honestly tell you that I’ve spent hours looking at all the recipes. How do you know the proportions etc when you make up your own recipe??

    I’m off to the grocery store to buy ingredients for this recipe. I’m going to TRY and send it to my friend at school for her 21st birthday! I’ll let you know how it turns out! =)Kathryn

    Oh, and I just found these two recipes for lollipops and thought about making ones with some sort of alcohol….? Too ambitious??

  20. KATHRYN, Thanks for the sweet compliments! What do you mean by proportions? Proportions of ingredients or … ? Most of my recipes are adaptations from recipes I’ve found in books or online so I estimate while I am baking and then when I write it up I have a better idea of either increase or decrease depending on my results. That’s why I have notes in my blog about changes or tips for my readers. Hope your friend enjoys the cupcakes! PS. Lollys look fun! I say do it! :)

  21. I just came across your website today & I love it! My single girlfriends & I are having a girls-night-out Valentines weekend and I am definitly making these!

  22. JENI, Awesome! Come back and let me know how they turned out! :)

  23. Sorry, I forgot to come back. The cupcakes were a HUGE hit! I ended up adding more vodka to the frosting because I just couldn’t taste it. I think I ended up with 5 tsp.

  24. just wondering what type of baking cups you used. they look like Wilton “nut cups” – but those say not for baking. would love to know of a source for baking. TIA!

  25. They are called party nut cups or souffle cups depending on where you buy them. I buy mine at Smart&Final, 250 for $5. Hope that helps!

  26. I love the idea of these cupcakes! I made a batch as a trial run and there must be something wrong with my pom molasses. The buttercream icing was brown (as was the molasses) and very sour. More sugar, some heavy cream and red food colouring paste made it so much better and a dark pink (much better than brown!). I think I have to up the lime in the batter because I didn’t taste it much in the final product. Overall, I like them and hope the rest of my colleagues do to (I’m bringing them in for a meeting on Friday afternoon)! Awesome job!

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