Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Cupcakes

cupcake-gluehwein-11These cupcakes of the famous German hot mulled wine (Glühwein) are a amazing!! They are pure Christmas made cupcakes, with a delicious taste of chocolate, spices and with a final touch to wine. And the buttercream also has traces of mulled wine, simply delicious!! It’s hard for me to describe the kind of treat we are talking about today, the better you make the recipe and you find it yourself 🙂

cupcake-gluehwein-17What else?! I had to drop some cupcakes on my list of Christmas recipe proposals. You know that they are my favorite treat, mainly because of their form and colors.  The recipe is from Alma Obregon, without any modification because it is absolutely perfect. I already did it last year at Christmas and took them to the office, and I can assure you that it was a resounding success!

cupcake-gluehwein-13And I automatically saved this recipe on my list of essentials. I’m not going to fool you, this year I’ve done it again because I wanted to eat them again. And because I wanted to photograph these precious things I decided to put them on the blog. I know that it does not have much merit to share a recipe identical to that of someone so famous, but hey I have been well at ease giving my touch and making the photos.

cupcake-gluehwein-3What I am giving you is a Glühwein recipe different from hers. You know that I live in Germany, so I have access to secrets and original German recipes, muahahaha (evil laugh). I play with advantage in that sense also, as here they sell bottles of Glühwein everywhere I already bought it made and that saved me some time. Let’s get drunk with the cupcakes!

Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Cupcakes

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Serves: 12 cupcakes
Cooking Time: 30 min. Total: 50 min


  • 6 cloves
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 liter of red wine
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lemon
  • 125ml of mulled wine (cold)
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 75 ml of oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 150g of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of cacao
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 50g grated black chocolate
  • 250 butter (at room temperature)
  • 350 g of icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of mulled wine (cold)
  • One drop of food colorant in pink paste (optional)
  • A few mini Speculaas cookies (Spekulatius)



To prepare the mulled wine, put in wine with the skin of the orange and lemon, spices and sugar to infuse in a pot covered over very low heat for 1 hour, stirring from time to time. In any case let it boil. Remove from heat and let it sit before using for recipe.


Preheat oven to 180 degrees and prepare a cupcake pan with about 12 cupcakes cups. In a large bowl sift flour, cocoa, yeast and cinnamon.


In another bowl mix the oil with the sugar and mulled wine. Add the eggs, one by one, stirring until they are incorporated.


Add the flour mixture and mix until it is integrated, without working much mass. Finally, add the grated chocolate and mix a little more.


Fill the cupcakes for about half cupcakes. If you want them to be a little higher you can fill up to ¾ of capacity. Bake for about 20 minutes. As always, make sure to stick with a toothpick that they are cooked.


To prepare the buttercream, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until the mixture turns creamy and turns whiter, at least 2 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons of cold mulled wine and whisk until smooth. If you want to make it more pink, add a drop of food colorant, with the little amount of wine added the mixture is rather a pale brown.


Decorate the cupcakes to your taste with buttercream, using a pastry bag and a tip or simply with a spatula. I have finally put a mini Speculaas cookie (or Spekulatius in German) to each cupcake as decoration because these cookies are the ones that eaten here in Germany with the mulled wine.

Happy and sweet Christmas,

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