Glühwein Cupcakes

Glühwein Cupcakes (Mulled Wine Cupcakes)

It belongs to Christmas like eggs belong to Easter: Glühwein or mulled wine.

Standing at a Christmas Market, freezing in the cold and warming your hands on a nice cup of this hot beverage! Smelling the Christmas spices and having a cozy time with friends and family. Those are just a few of the associations I have with Glühwein. 

Last weekend I was invited to a Glühwein Party and I was asked to bring something sweet. How can I refuse that? 😉 I immediately knew that  I wanted to make some Glühwein Cupcakes. I had never made them before, neither had I any idea whether they would turn out the way I intended them to be. I wanted simple cupcakes, soaked with Glühwein. I decided to make a non-alcoholic version, so they are not too overpowering and they are also suitable for children.

Happily they turned out quite as imagined, all sticky and yummie! It was such a nice evening with friends and the smell of Glühwein in the house really gives this this cosy feeling. Don`t you just love that?

Glühwein Cupcakes (Mulled Wine Cupcakes)


  1. Pour the grape and apple juice in a pan
  2. Add the skin and the juice of one lemon and one orange
  3. Add the apple tea bag and all the spices as well as the sugar
  4. Let it slowly cook for about 30-40 minutes until it starts to get syrupy

Mascarpone-Cream Frosting

  1. Beat the cream until it starts to thicken
  2. Carefully cream together the Mascarpone and the Cream Cheese using your whisk
  3. Add the icing sugar to the cheese mixture until well combined
  4. Add the whipped cream and combine everything using your spatula

Glühwein Cupcakes (Mulled Wine Cupcakes) Glühwein Cupcakes (Mulled Wine Cupcakes)

Glühwein Cupcake

  1. Start by creaming the butter
  2. Add the sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon and mix until well combined
  3. Add the eggs separately and mix between each egg for about 30 seconds
  4. Sieve the flour and the baking powder and add it to the batter
  5. Mix until you get a smooth dough
  6. Prepare your cupcake tin and fill the baking cups up to 2/3 with the batter
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean at 180°C
  8. When still hot, make some holes using the skewer
  9. Add about 2 Tbsp of the Glühwein on top of your cupcakes
    They will absorb the fluid slowly, it is best to let them rest for an hour or over night to absorb everything.
    Be aware: They will stay quite sticky, so its better to use another cupcake liner to prevent sticky finger 😉
  10. Once the Cupcakes have absorbed all the fluids decorate them with the mascarpone-cream frosting and dust them with some cinnamon

Glühwein Cupcakes (Mulled Wine Cupcakes)


Makes about 20 Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes

  • 350g Butter, room temperature
  • 300g Sugar
  • Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Paste
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 6 Eggs
  • 400g Flour
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder

For the Glühwein (non alcoholic)

  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 bag Apple Tea
  • 350 ml Grape Juice
  • 200 ml Apple Juice
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Star Anise
  • 150g Sugar

For the Mascarpone-Cream Frosting

  • 250ml  Full-fat Cream
  • 140g Mascarpone
  • 60g Cream Cheese (Philadelphia)
  • 50g Icing Sugar