Need a pretty and festive cupcake to add to your next celebration? These cupcakes are sure to please when your peeps like their cupcakes 'just right': not too sweet and just the right amount of champagne flavor to prove you love them!
And, yes folks, I'm calling them, Champagne, not Sparkling Wine. Yes, I know. I'm a champagne snob, too, if the truth be told. When I'm drinking the stuff, it's méthode champenoise all the way, baby! Baking, well, I'm not that picky.
When I first started blogging at BIWB, I made a few attempts at champagne cupcakes. I've been trying out different recipes in the hopes of finding one that has great textures and great flavor. This time, I think I've found it!
I started with some basics that I knew would give me a light cupcake that would not overpower the subtle champagne. I decided, also, not to splurge on an expensive bubbly or make a champagne reduction for the buttercream. The former doesn't really add much more flavor, while the latter tends to overpower the buttercream with the given champagne's underlying fruit flavors.
Rounding out the subtle champagne flavors in the cupcakes is a super-easy filling made with instant pudding and champagne. Just a little adds so much flavor and really adds a nice finish.
I took these to work while at a 2 day training. Folks really loved these and were full of compliments. I so appreciated that kind of feedback! Nice to know I'm not baking garbage. :)
Also, I've entered these cupcakes in this month's SaveMart Ultimate Bake-Off: Bake a Sweet Way to Celebrate! I hope you have a chance to register and vote for me. Voting is November 16 - 30th, with one vote/person/day. I'd so appreciate the support and your vote!
If I win, that means just that much more Bake It With Booze!
P.S. If you remember, I entered in July with my Campfire Cocktail S'mores Bars. Believe it or not, I WON! That was a HUGE shock, trust me, especially after all that voting hub-bub. I'm very excited to enter this time, as well. Fingers crossed!