Champagne cupcakes

As I mentioned in the Strawberry cupcake post, I made 6 dozen cupcakes for a cousin’s graduation party. I wanted to try the champagne cupcakes since they seemed fitting for the celebratory occasion.

The cake was deliciously moist and had a great texture. The frosting did as well. I couldn’t really taste a strong champagne flavor but hubby said he really could. They were definitely a hit.

Champagne Cupcakes – from Crazy about Cupcakes
2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup champagne
6 large egg whites, at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350. Insert liners into a medium cupcake pan.

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

In a separate medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture alternately with champagne.

In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the batter until blended, then fold in the remaining egg whites until well blended.

Fill the cupcakes liners 3/4 full. Baker for ~20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan.

Once completely cooled, brush 1 Tbsp of champagne onto the tops of the cupcakes.
Champagne Frosting – from Crazy about Cupcakes
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 Tbsp champagne
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

In a large bowl beat the shortening and butter until combined. Add the champagne. Slowly add the confectioners sugar and beat until smooth.

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31 Responses to “Kentucky Butter Cake”

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    Megan — May 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

    This sounds amazing! I’d be shocked if the people you manage don’t think you’re the best boss ever!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 7:56 am

      Ha, I’m ok with bribing them with baked goods into feeling that way 🙂

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I wish my boss would do something like this for us. This cake sounds phenomenal! Anything that tastes like a donut gets an A+ from me!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 7:57 am

      I had a boss once who would bring a store bought cake and cut it into the same number of pieces as there were people at the meeting. And he made us sing. It was horrible.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Definitely the best boss when you get homemade cakes that have been compared to a glazed donut! Congrats!!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks 🙂 I am pretty lucky in that my team is pretty awesome too.

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    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — May 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations on the promotion! Your team sounds lucky to have you and this cake looks gorgeous!

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    Jill — May 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations on the promotion!! This looks and sounds delicious!

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    chelsea @ serves two — May 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    oh my! a giant glazed donut in cake form??!! yes please! i am sort of curious though as to why it’s called a kentucky butter cake 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      I have no idea why it’s called Kentucky butter cake. I did a quick Google search and it doesn’t look like anyone knows.

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    Sarah C — May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m glad there’s no explanation as to why it’s called a Kentucky Butter Cake, because I am making this for a themed food fest at work next week, and I’m changing it to Hawaiian Butter Cake so that I don’t have to find another recipe. 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      I like the way you work 🙂

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    Kathy — May 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The staff meeting treat sounds like a regular monthly blog post…cant wait to see what is on deck next month

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      For sure! I have already started asking my team members who have May birthdays about what they’d like. One said anything with chocolate. One said anything but chocolate. So that’s going to be a challenge! Luckily I’m the only June birthday so I’m going to go all out for June!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Ever seen The Office? Hehe… they looove birthday parties! And that’s so sweet that you’re acknowledging your workers like that. I’m sure you’re a great boss!

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      Ha – if only we could all have parties like they do on The Office…

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    Shannon — May 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    best boss ever 🙂 this looks fantastic!! we have birthday buddies that we bring cake for, and it’s a pretty awesome tradition 🙂

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

      Oh I like the birthday buddies idea! I’m not sure that would work for my team since it’s ~80% guys… I do joke that everyone needs a buddy cause sometimes I look around and can’t tell who we’re missing. It would be a lot easier to just ask if everyone’s buddy was here like when we were kids on field trips.

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    Brooke Schweers — May 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Yum! Looks devine! Such a perfect looking cake and the glaze makes it look extra shiny and pretty!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, this is such a perfect looking cake 🙂

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    Laura Dembowski — May 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Oh, I so want a slice of this! Love cakes that are soaked with syrup. So yummy!

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    Angie — May 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    i made this on Friday for a brunch on Saturday. It was delicious and I got lots of compliments! I was surprised when i made it because there were no instructions about adding the butter to the batter. I assumed that the butter should be softened and mixed in, but I would’ve expected it to be mixed in earlier so that it would incorporate more fully. You might consider adding clarification to that step.

    • beantownbaker — May 6th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the cake. The second sentence in the second step talks about adding the butter. Are the instructions confusing?

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I think I’ve seen this recipe elsewhere on the interwebs… (of course my eye is drawn to anything Kentucky, my home state!) Glad to hear it’s so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 6th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      It’s definitely out there on the web! I couldn’t find any info about why it’s called Kentucky Butter Cake though. Do you know anything about it? Do you guys eat it in Kentucky?

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    claire — May 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So the glaze is on the bottom of the cake correct? You don’t reserve any to pour over the top?

    • beantownbaker — May 13th, 2013 @ 8:24 am

      Yep, you pour it all in to the bottom of the cake while it’s in the pan.

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    Maggie Wells — September 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hi there! Wonderful cake. Just wondering — did you let the cake sit overnight with the syrup soaking?

    • beantownbaker — September 10th, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      Yep, I let the cake sit overnight after adding the syrup.

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