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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5 Responses to “Champagne cupcakes”

  1. #
    Joelen — July 24, 2008 at 1:28 am

    A friend of mine made champagne cupcakes for my cupcake swap a few months ago and they were fabulous! These looks great – not sure if it was the same recipe as my friends, but it has to be good if champagne is involved!

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    kitchenbelle — July 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    These would be great for a New Year’s Eve party!

  3. #
    Ivy — July 24, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    I really love the idea of champagne cupcakes-it’s so gourmet. 🙂

    Did you drink champagne with them?

  4. #
    Jen — July 24, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    Of course we drank champagne with them! Someone suggested making strawberry champagne ones. Maybe next time!

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    Inna's Culinary Inventions — July 25, 2008 at 2:55 am

    How fancy! I love trying new cupcake flavors…can’t wait to try these!

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