Monday, January 3, 2011

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

I know its a little late to make these for New Year's, BUT they are totally worth trying!

 
Although I think I have to apologize to all your diet resolutions, as much as I wish these were zero cal, no carb, lettuce-like cupcakes, they are not. They are delicious and sugary, so sorry! You can look forward to some more diet friendly recipes in the future, but for now enjoy!


Pink Champagne Cupcakes

Cupcakes:
3 cups cake flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 and 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup pink champagne
6 egg whites
4-5 drops red food coloring
additional pink champagne for glazing

 Frosting:
3 and 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 tbsp pink champagne
4-5 drops red food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line two cupcake pans and set aside. In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In a large bowl beat egg whites till stiff peaks form and set aside. In a second large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Alternate adding flour mixture and champagne to butter mixture till well combined, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as necessary. Add in red food coloring till pink color is attained. Fold in 1/3 of the whipped egg whites and mix thoroughly. Add in remaining egg white mixture till combined. Fill cupcake liners with 1/4 cup of batter and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool completely on wire rack. Once cupcakes have cooled, gently poke 8-10 holes in cupcake using a toothpick. Using a pastry brush, glaze the cupcakes with extra champagne.

For frosting, beat butter till creamy. With mixer on low, slowly add in sifted confectioners' sugar. Once all sugar is incorporated beat on high for 3-5 minutes or until smooth and fluffy. Add in champagne and mix till incorporated. Fill a pastry bag with frosting and decorate cooled and champagne glazed cupcakes.

Adapted from allrecipes.com


To achieve the rose look, I used a Wilton 1M decorating tip. With pastry bag at a 90 degree angle to cupcake surface, start in center of cupcake and swirl outward.

I chose to glaze the cupcakes with champagne to make sure they contained a vibrant champagne flavor and it worked! I did find that the cupcakes tasted best on the same day that I made them, after two days passed, they lost the champagne flavor a bit. So make 'em fresh!

Lastly, I found these super cute cupcake holders from Wilton and just knew they would be perfect for these champagne cakes ... but the liners started peeling off after a few hours! Not sure if it was the moisture from the champagne or if they always do that. I am curious as to where everyone buys their cupcake liners, I'd really like to get some nice quality ones to try out!

Happy Baking! 

49 comments:

  1. These are really impressive! Great job!

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  2. These might be late for New Year's Eve, but I bet they would make terrific birthday cupcakes!

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  3. So cute! Well done on the rose frosting, and the cupcake sounds so yummy!

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  4. These sound so fun! Even though it's too late for New Years, I could think of a few good occasions to make these.

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  5. They are so beautiful! They look like a bouquet full of pink roses! Gorgeous! I have never had champagne anything... besides champagne. I love that you made cupcakes with it! Very cool - megs

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  6. Cute!

    Hahaha, I'm picturing lettuce leaf cupcakes now...unfortunately, wrapping a cupcake in a piece of lettuce would not taste good nor make it any healthier. That's ok, any diet that doesn't have wiggle room for cupcakes should be ditched immediately!

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  7. I love your piping on top. I have left over regular champagne so I might have to do a variation.

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  8. Beautiful job on these. The frosting looks just precious.

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  9. Your icing is beautiful! I love a good cupcake :)

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  10. These sound so girlie and wonderful! Champagne + cupcakes sounds pretty perfect.

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  11. Perfection!!! They are just so beautiful!

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  12. Gorgeous! The frosting application is perfect!!!!

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  13. Wow these are sooo beautiful, and I simply love champagne so I would love to try these cupcakes!! These would be fun for an engagement party or something too :)

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  14. Nice piping skills! They sure look yummy. I get my cupcake liners at Smart&Final, it's a great deal and a nice quality. I'm curious, what did you do with the leftover egg yolks? Have a great 2011.

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  15. So cute and what a great idea...who would have thought! Happy Happy 2011

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  16. oh my, they're beautiful! I was just saying that I wanted to make champagne cupcakes! Now I just need an occasion :)

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  17. These are gorgeous! Stunning! I must find my 1M wilton!!

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  18. these look beautiful adore the rose design happy new year Rebecca

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  19. These are beautiful! I love how you frosted them like roses.

    I would love to find out where people get cupcake liners too. I haven't had much luck buying cute ones from Michael's. They come in little baggies and tend to lose their shape, making them hard to fit into the cupcake tin. The best I've used are actually the simple silver ones from a supermarket that come in a hard plastic container, because they don't lose shape. They also don't pull away from the finished product in my experience.

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  20. Wow! What lovely frosting, cute and tempting!

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  21. Oh my gosh, Debbie, these are GREAT! Honest to god, I have been looking around for a champagne cupcake recipe for an upcoming party, and I think I've found the perfect one thanks to you. These cupcakes look SO scrumptious and your frosting is perfectly pink and piped! I hope you had a great New Year celebration and hope you have a great year ahead. Thanks again!

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  22. Your cupcakes are so gorgeous! I can only imagine how great they taste!

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  23. The icing looks perfect. Great work.

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  24. These are so pretty! And so elegant looking. I bet they are just scrumptious with the champagne in them!

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  25. Congratulations on Top 9 today! I'm having an engagement celebration for my son and his fiancee who got engaged over the holidays. I wanted to make champagne cupcakes, and voila, here is the recipe. Gorgeous cupcakes! Can't wait to try them.

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  26. Beautiful job decorating, must try and add to my other sparkling champagne cupcakes! Try bake it pretty for cupcake liners, also, a secret is to use a white liner to bake in then slip on a decorative one over the white one ;0) Most color liners loose the color in baking, esp. with that champagne so a very disappointing secret I know! I was devastated when I learned this trick b/c I just want them to look pretty, naturally, ya know!

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  27. wow, Wow, WOW! These are so beautiful it would be difficult to take a bite out of one! But I am sure you would because they probably taste delicious too. ;) Congrats on Top 9!

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  28. Oh my gosh, how fun to use champagne! And I LOVE how you frosted them! I threw a "champagne & lace" themed wedding shower for a girlfriend last summer, and these beautiful cupcakes would have been a perfect dessert. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. These cupcakes are almost too beautiful to eat... almost. =)

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  30. These look gorgeous!! Congrats on getting #1 spot on top9! It's well deserved :)

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  31. Wooow I just saw these cupcakes on Foodbuzz and they simply blew my mind!! I'm not sure I could ever recreate that fantastic rose look... They look just too beautiful!!

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  32. The way you frosted those cupcakes is just stunning. I can honestly say I would never in a million years have the patience to make anything half as pretty.

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  33. Your cupcakes are beautiful!! and who can ever resist a cupcake! Congrats on the the #1 post in the top 9 today!!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  34. BEAUTIFUL!!! teach me how you made the frosting look like roses!! This is really impressive :)
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  35. Your piping is simply beautiful. I am off to practice my piping skills. :-)

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  36. How beautiful are these! The delicate pattern on the frosting is just gorgeous. Well done!

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  37. great swirl! These cupcakes sound as fantastic as they look!

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  38. Your piping is beautiful! Thanks for explaining what tip you used, and how you did it. Being a newbie, I thank you for the tips :)

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  39. These sound absolutely scrumptious and fancy, definitely bookmarking these to try later!

    On a different note, Reynolds has these new StayBrite liners out now that don't become faded and translucent like the Wilton ones and they are a bit thicker too. I have yet to use them, but the one's I've seen in action were all still attached to the cupcakes and didn't get flimsy and see-through. Maybe try those?

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  40. I can't believe how beautiful they are, simply stunning. Your pictures should get Foodbuzz Top 9.

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  41. Stunning, stunning, stunning... I need to buy one of those nozzles asap!

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  42. What a truly gorgeous cupcake in taste and appearance! I can't wait to try them!

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  43. Great job on the piping of the frosting. Looks like a pink rose.

    Paul

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  44. I had the same problem with those liners regardless of what type of cupcake I baked in it...looked great when it came out of the oven but after a few hours, not so much. I prefer the foil liners.

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