Alcohol is so cheap in the U.S that it really makes sense to use it as a substitute for water. Given that we had such a dry winter in California, it’s the most responsible thing to do.
I recently tried my hand at Champagne Cupcakes based on this recipe –> http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/champagnecupcakes/
I couldn’t find the cupcake vineyard prosecco so I used something called Italian Bubbles (it can only end well right?). I wish I had time to pipe the icing because it looked a little suspicious on the cupcakes but I assure you it was delicious. The champagne adds a nice hint of effervescence.
The recipe I used is as follow. I didn’t make the champagne cream filling in the original because I thought that was a little too much.
- Butter – 1/2 cup softened
- White sugar – 1 cup
- Eggs – 2
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Flour – 1 3/4 cups
- Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
- Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Sour cream – 1/2 cup
- Italian bubbles – 1/2 cup (I’m not going to lie, I doubled it which was probably a bad idea)
- Preheat oven to 350F or 180C. Do whatever you need to get your tray ready.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy using an electric mixer or a fork and lots of muscle power.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.
- Add vanilla and mix.
- Sift together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- In a third bowl, beat together the champagne and sour cream (prepare for bubbles!)
- Take turns adding the flour and champagne mixture to the original bowl, begin and end with flour. Beat as you go.
Bake cupcakes for 15-20 minutes – in my experience they took closer to 25 but that may have been because I was overzealous with the champagne.
- Italian bubbles – 1 cup and 1 tbsp
- Butter – 1 cup
- Confectioner’s sugar – 2 1/2 cups
- Simmer 1 cup of champagne in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Transfer it to a bowl or cup and allow it to cool.
- Beat softened butter and sugar then pour in the reduced champagne.
- Add the 1tbsp of champagne and beat until nice and fluffy.