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Champagne Cupcakes & How to Make Them

This little bite of luxury combines the elegance of champagne with the comforting sweetness of a delicate cupcake, making it the perfect choice for any wedding, all New Year's Eve parties, and any occasion that calls for a touch of sparkle.

Why Champagne Cupcakes

In the world of desserts, there exists a confection so refined, so delightfully effervescent, that it can only be described as a celebration in a few bites; the champagne cupcake. This exquisite treat combines the elegance of champagne with the comforting sweetness of a delicate cupcake, making it the perfect choice for any wedding, all New Year’s Eve parties, and any occasion that calls for a touch of sparkling luxury.

I found this recipe years ago while traveling in France in a tatty old recipe book in a second-hand shop, I was not convinced it would work. I got home and tried it. I was very wrong, my little moist cupcakes were delicious. With a few modifications over the years below is the recipe I use for all those special celebrations.

Champagne Cupcakes

Liz Fox
This little bite of luxury combines the elegance of champagne with the comforting sweetness of a delicate cupcake, making it the perfect choice for any wedding, New Year's Eve parties, and any occasion that calls for a touch of sparkle.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 12 Cupcakes

Equipment

  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 2 Metal Spoons
  • 1 Measuring Cups
  • 1 Teaspoon Measures
  • 1 12 x Cupcake Pan
  • 1 Packet Cupcake Wrappers or Patti Pans
  • 1 Metal or Wood Skewer
  • 1 Pipping Bag and Nozzles Optional

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¾ Cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp bakibg powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt flakes or regular sea salt
  • Cup butter softened
  • 1 Cup granular raw sugar
  • 1 Large free range eggs room temp.
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup Sour Cream
  • ½ Cup demi-sec champagne choose your favorite

Luscious Champagne Frosting

  • 1 Cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ Cup demi-sec champagne
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions
 

For the Champagne Cupcake Batter

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake pan with liners.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and sour cream to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Gently fold in the champagne.
  • Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Let them cool before frosting.

For the Champagne Frosting

  • Beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating on low until combined.
  • Add champagne, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Increase the speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.

Decorating Your Cupcakes

  • Edible Gold Leaf: For a truly luxurious touch, adorn your cupcakes with edible gold leaf.
  • Champagne Soaking Syrup: Brush your cupcakes with a champagne syrup before frosting for an extra moist cake with a champagne kick.
  • Decorative Toppers: Use champagne-themed toppers, like mini champagne bottles or glasses, to add a festive touch.
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Pairing Champagne with Cupcakes

The choice of champagne can transform the flavor profile of your cupcakes, from the crisp and dry notes of a Brut to the sweet and fruity essence of a Demi-Sec.

Here’s a guide to pairing

Brut: The most common style, with a dry, crisp flavor. Perfect for classic champagne cupcakes, complementing the sweetness of the cake and frosting.

Rosé: Offers a fruity and floral note. Pair with strawberry or raspberry champagne cupcakes for a berry-infused delight.

Demi-Sec: Sweeter than Brut, it’s ideal for dessert cupcakes. Try with peach or apricot flavors for a sweet, sumptuous treat.

Blanc de Blancs: Made from white grapes, it’s light and elegant. Pair with lemon or white chocolate cupcakes for a delicate flavor.

Blanc de Noirs: Made from red grapes, offering depth and intensity. Ideal for pairing with dark chocolate or cherry cupcakes.

Beyond the Cupcake

Champagne cupcakes are not just a dessert; they are an experience. To elevate this experience, consider –

Edible Gold Leaf: For a truly luxurious touch, adorn your cupcakes with edible gold leaf.

Champagne Soaking Syrup: Brush your cupcakes with champagne syrup before frosting for an extra moist cake with a champagne kick.

Decorative Toppers: Use champagne-themed toppers, like mini champagne bottles or glasses, to add a festive touch.

In crafting champagne cupcakes, you’re not just baking; you’re weaving together the artistry of patisserie with the celebration of life’s most joyful moments. Yes, this may sound a little pretentious, but when it comes to champagne, why not?

Each bite is a reminder of the beauty in the blend of flavors, the balance between sweet and sophisticated, and the potential to turn any day into a celebration. So, raise your cupcake—a toast to sweet elegance and the endless possibilities of champagne-infused delights.

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