Champagne Cupcakes



Last Thursday was my birthday and I was lucky enough to have the day off from work. I decided that, since I am a self-proclaimed champagne addict, I wanted to drink my champagne and eat it too. I also might be in denial of my participation in adulthood (pretty sure adults don't make deserts with bubbly) but that's besides the point. Of course, I went to good ol' Pinterest for inspiration and found Beth's recipe. It looked so simple that even a remedial baker like myself could attempt it.



Ingredients

1 Box White Cake Mix
2 Sticks Butter
.5 C. Vegetable Shortening
4-6 Tbsp. Champagne
4-5 C. Powdered Sugar
Gold Sprinkles
Cupcake Liners
Piping Bag
Piping Tip

Pro-tip: 1 bottle is the perfect amount for 18 cupcakes and 2 mimosas!


You're going to want to preheat the oven to how ever high your cake mix requests (I used a Betty Crocker cake mix so I preheated my oven to 325°F.) While the oven was preheating, I lined a muffin tin with silver cupcake liners and began preparing the cake mix.


The one thing that I did different from the cake mix instructions was to replace the water with champagne. After mixing the dry and wet ingredients together, I poured the mix into two cupcake tins (a total of 18 cupcakes.)


The next step is to bake your cupcakes! I took mine out after 18 minutes and tested them by sticking a fork in them (I didn't have any toothpicks.) While I waited for my cupcakes to cool, I started making the frosting.

I'm not gonna lie, the frosting was a major struggle. I don't have a mixer, let alone an electric one, so I made the buttercream frosting with a wooden spoon and a fork. The end result worked out fine, but I definitely would have appreciated an electric mixer (and recommend using one.) Honestly, I feel like this cupcake journey was hashtag I need to buy more kitchen ware.

I combined the butter and vegetable shortening in a medium sized mixing bowl, and mixed until smooth. Next, I stirred in champagne, slowly, and taste-tested the frosting as I went (when the frosting tastes up to your yum standards you can stop adding the champagne.) Then I added the powdered sugar with the same mindset (slowly and until you have achieved your desired taste.)


Next, I placed the frosting in a piping bag (fit with a 1M piping tip.) I pushed the buttercream frosting down into the bag and piped the frosting onto the cupcakes. I'm not really a big baker and I have definitely never piped frosting (if that's even the right way to say that.) Needless to say, the frosting as a whole was a process. I started in the center of the cupcake, swirling out and swirling back in. After multiple tries I was sufficiently impressed with my newly acquired cupcake skills.


I finished my masterpieces off by sprinkling gold sprinkles on the tops and adding cute little gold straws (which I cut to the appropriate sizes.)


These actually ended up being pretty delicious and I don't know if I would try this recipe again, but it did make me more confident in trying to bake new creations. 

What are some of your favorite desserts to make?

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