April 09, 2010

Adventures in Cooking-Champagne Cupcakes

Did I see that correctly? Champagne cupcakes?! Oh, I am all over that.

Yes, I am one of those suckers who buys those little cook booklets at the grocery store based solely on the cover. I inherited it from Mom. In this case, I saw the champagne cupcakes on the cover and drooled for a minute before Mom threw a copy in the shopping cart. All right!

You will not even believe how easy this recipe is. Get a white cake mix and follow the directions on the back but use champagne instead of water. Could that be any easier? No, it couldn't.

I happen to have a few of those individual bottles of champagne hanging around. Between the cake and the frosting I used 2 bottles with just enough left over champagne for a refreshing swig. Perhaps one shouldn't swig champagne but then no one ever accused me of being refined.

The recipe for the frosting fell short for me though. Frosting should be fluffy and easily spreadable. Mine was not. Even when I added more champagne it wasn't very smooth. If you try this at home, make the frosting with 1/4 champagne and dribble in some milk until it is the consistency you like.

I topped my cuppy-cakes with pink cake sparkles(which you can't see well in the photo) and dressed them in bright pink and white polka dot papers, both of which I picked up at my favorite kitchen store, Sur la Table, better known around our house as the sewer store. Someday readers, if you're really well behaved, I'll tell you the story of how we came to call it that.


bermudaonion said...

I love those cookbooks too!

The cupcake is gorgeous - how did they taste?

Chelle said...

I LOVE making cupcakes! I got Martha Stewart's cupcake book for X-mas and have been putting on the pounds ever since! Nice cupcake tier/holder thing. They look good. I'm hungry. =)

Petunia said...

Kathy-they were very good. The champagne flavor is very mild but just right.

Chelle-Nice to meet you. Yup. Cupcakes are the best.

Jenny said...

YUM. I do not have nearly enough cupcakes in my life, and I like things that are easy AND delicious. :)

Zibilee said...

I bought this book too! I couldn't pass up those pretty pink cupcakes on the cover and have been waiting to try them. Yours look wonderful! I will have to let you know how mine turn out.

penny. LA said...

Oh, these sound spectacular! I am having a cupcake-themed bridal shower, and will be making cupcakes from scratch. However, I suppose one cupcake could come from the box... this sounds awesome!

Thanks for the info... and the pics are great!