Tobins' Tastes: Champagne Cupcakes!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Champagne Cupcakes!

I have been wanting to make some version of champagne cupcakes forever. First it was Valentine's Day. What a perfect date night treat and so romantic. Never happened. Then it was my sister's surprise engagement party but my mom had already ordered professional cupcakes and I wasn't going to compete with those. So when it came time for my parents' surprise 30th anniversary party (can you tell we like surprises around here?), I knew exactly what I would be making.

I was expecting these to be good but I was not prepared for how good they really were and how much they really tasted like champagne. You could actually taste the bubbles in every bite. The cake part was not too sweet and little bit savory (thanks to the surprising addition of sour cream to the batter) which paired perfectly with the sweet and bubbly champagne buttercream icing.

People went nuts for these at the party and I ended up making them later in the week for family members who didn't get to have one the night of the celebration. I made them in mini form (obviously) and I think that they might be too much in regular cupcake form. My friend Carrie had the genius inspiration to use the left over buttercream to fill strawberries and raspberries and people couldn't get over how great it tasted. All in all the fruit and cupcakes made for a super cute dessert display.

I actually used prosecco instead of regular champagne because it is a little sweeter and through trial and error in making these a few times I have found that the brand does matter. My favorite version was using Cupcake Prosecco (ironically appropriate!). It was actually the cheapest bottle I used too, about $7.50. And there was enough left in the bottle for me to enjoy a glass or two while the cupcakes baked and cooled, an added bonus in my opinion : )

You can probably tell that I had way too much fun taking photos of these so please bear with my excessive pictures.

Champagne Cupcakes adapted from Sprinkle Bakes

For the cupcake:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (try not to skimp or go with reduced fat, it will change the texture/flavor)
  • 1/2 cup champagne, prosecco, or even sparkling grape juice, just make sure it is something with bubbles : ) 
1.) In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

2.) Add in eggs one at a time and then vanilla mixing well after each ingredient. 

 3.) Combine the rest of the dry ingredients together and set aside. Then whisk together the sour cream and champagne/prosecco. It will bubble, it will seem weird, but believe me it works.

4.) With the mixer on medium, add in half the dry ingredients, then the  entire sour cream champagne mixture, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients making sure the batter is well combined but not over mixed. It will be pretty thick.

5.) Fill muffin liners/tin a little more than half way full. These will bake up nicely. Bake at 350 degrees and I baked the minis for about 12 minutes. You will want to adjust for different sizes. They are done when the tops are just starting to look golden and are firm to the touch. Let them cool completely.

In they go...

Out they come.
For the Champagne Buttercream Icing:
  • 1 cup of champagne/prosecco/what ever you used in the cake recipe, plus one tablespoon set aside
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1.) In a small saucepan, simmer the champagne on medium to high heat. It will take awhile but it should start to reduce down. (this is a key step in the process to get the right flavor in the icing)

2.) Once it has reduced down to about two tablespoons, remove from the heat, transfer to a small bowl and let it cool.

This is what I ended up with.
3.) In a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, cream together butter and sugar.

4.) Beat in reduced champagne plus the extra tablespoon of regular champagne and whip until light and fluffy. It will seem watery at first but should fluff up soon.

Butter and champagne: a match made in heaven?
5.) Using a pastry bag (I used a Wilton #30 tip), ice your completely cooled cupcakes and decorate them any way you like.

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  1. Kaylee,
    Can't wait to try these. I really wish we lived closer so we could bake together. Beth

    1. Aww, Aunt Beth, I wish we did too. I would love to be able to learn from you. Justin and I had a dessert on my birthday at a restaurant that had a toffee layer that tasted exactly like your/Grandma Collins' homemade caramels. Miss you all!

  2. Super cute post! And these cupcakes sound like a must try! Thank you!

  3. Oh my word! I seriously NEED to try these! What a perfect treat for a special occasion. And yay for enough champagne left over to drink while baking!

  4. I have been dying to try these! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. These sound delish! I can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing.

  6. These are simply awesome! Super unique for me - I just love them

  7. I'm a big fan of champagne. I'd love to try these.

  8. Oh my goodness these look amazing. And we prosecco! Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  9. I have wanted to make champagne cupcakes for a while now, and I am so glad I found your recipe! Your cupcakes look gorgeous!I can't wait to try these! Thanks!

  10. I am glad you took so many photos. I enjoyed each one. Great job with the cupcakes and such elegance. I am thrilled, they are now in the Recipe Box.

  11. These look so good. I love how you used the Cupcake brand too :)

    Would love for you to share at my link party. Hope to see you there!

  12. I think we were separated at birth, great minds think alike, I shared some wine cupcakes this week too!
    We have always loved champagne cake, you can get a pink one with white frosting at one of our fave bakeries, Smith's in Southern Cali. Your dessert looks really good.
    Surprising when we lived in Michigan for a while, no one seemed to know about champagne cake. I had to learn to make my own long ago.

  13. these look fabulous. i may try to make them with moscato instead of champagne...thats my favorite! i especially like the sugar you put on top. it made them look especially classy!

  14. What a terrific adult cupcake... I like your choice of prosecco very funny. Please share these on my foodie friday party today. I will pin them too.

    1. I'm so glad you shared these... looking at this recipe again - I think this is the most interesting cupcake recipe I've seen.

    2. Congrats, you shouldn't be too surprised that I am featuring your cupcakes on my foodie friday party today. I love this recipe. Stop by and grab your featured button.

  15. I cannot wait to try this! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  16. Yummy! Stopping by from Shine on Friday

  17. Thanks so much for linking up to Heavenly Treats Sunday! I am pinning these, because i will be making these, they look delicious!

  18. I just may make these for my own anniversary coming up in July. They look like they would be delicious and they are so pretty!

  19. Kaylee!! These look FABULOUS!!! Like REALLY!! Yum!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream to Reality! :)

  20. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I've had these before from a couple of bakeries but would love to be able to make them myself! ~Roberta

  21. Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

  22. I'm visiting here from Simple Living's Foodie Friday because I just had to see your champagne cupcakes for myself. Wow. Just wow. I'm totally pinning this. This will be a hit with my girlfriends. I can't wait to try it!

    I also host a weekly foodie blog hop called Friday Food Fight. I would love for you to link up your cupcakes and any other recipes you'd like to share. I hope to see you in the ring!

  23. Genius and delicious! I'm going to have to make these for the next special occasion I have...or just because!

  24. These look fabulous! Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Link Party! I'm pinning these! :)

  25. Photos were great -- and looks like the cupcakes would be fabulous! Pinning! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday.

  26. What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing your recipe!! I'm bookmarking; I'll pin when I get to the computer instead of this iPad

  27. Kaylee, these look amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing them at Mom's Test Meal Mondays! Pinning them for myself as well :)

    Have a great weekend!

  28. Oh my gosh! I have always wanted to make these! They are so pretty.

  29. Hi Kaylee,
    I am featuring this post tomorrow at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party from Adorned From Above's Link Party 24. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. These cupcakes look delicious.
    You will find it tomorrow at
    Have a great day.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  30. These are beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Show Me You Plaid Monday's!

  31. These sound amazing. Sound like a good thing to make for New Year's Eve tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!!!

  32. hi. i'm following the "inspire me monday" blog hop. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it.

    new follower bev

  33. YUM! I've made cupcakes with Reisling and Merlot, but never champagne! I'm totally doing this! Thanks for sharing at the Humble brag!

  34. These look terrific!

    Thank you so much for entering Julie & I's first Spiked! Recipe Challenge! Good luck! :)

  35. Yummy! These look great! I'm participating in the challenge as well. Good Luck! Come visit me at My Sesame Seed Buns sometime!

  36. These look amazing - what a great entry for the Spiked challenge! :)


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