Champagne Cupcakes

Recipe Time!
Champagne Cupcakes via Take a Megabite

In the past year I have come into so much alcohol that we can justify having a liquor cabinet. It’s pretty cool and makes me feel like I live in Mad Men, and also makes me pretty popular with my friends when I open it up and say “what can I get you? *wink*”

In the past year I also got married, so that means I have champagne that I should’ve had the day after/night of my wedding – but we were so exhausted and overwhelmed we pretty much forgot. So we have extra.

I thought about it, and the next best place to use champagne is to ring in the new year, so – tada! Champagne Cupcakes.

Also, can we talk about Christopher Walken for a second? Old school SNL? Cham-pan-ya? Anyone? Sorry. I had to talk about it. Now I’ll tell you how to make them.

What you’ll need (makes 24 cupcakes)

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup champagne
  • 6 egg whites (this is a lot, but it’s okay)
    For the Frosting
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
  • 2-3 tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 cups of confectioners sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla

The How-To:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 10 degrees 350°F (sorry, I got caught up in the polar vortex)
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together in your main bowl until smooth.
  3. Mix the flour/baking soda/salt together.
  4. Add the flour mixture into the sugar/butter in parts with the champagne. Flour, champagne, flour, champagne, flour.
  5. In a hand mixer bowl, or something with a power whisk, beat the egg whites until they hold shape (stiff peaks). Fold this into the rest of your cupcake batter.
  6. Bake for 24 minutes. Or within a 2 minute range of that. Or don’t bake them, I don’t own your life. 
  7. For the frosting, just make sure the butter is softened enough so you can whip it up with all of the other ingredients. I used a piping tool to try out different ways to frost them – it was fun. I landed on the swirlies. Follow me on instagram to see what I’m baking up all the time, and some cat pictures – @bakerhi

Happy New Year! Drink champagne and eat it too! 😉
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