Some Good News! And Champagne Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Desserts | 31 Comments







Nicole is a lot of things that I am not- like quiet. And modest. She quietly and modestly goes about doing her very excellent photography and baking and designing and I loudly go about pretending I am good at some things while mostly just excelling at being loud. If we were children-version of ourselves, she would be the one in the beautiful, clean dress reciting a Wordsworth poem and I would be the one with a strainer on my head. (Actually, she is much feistier than she appears. But anyway.)

Quiet as she may seem, when she revealed she got engaged (!) last Friday (!), it was hard for her to hide how happy she was. You know that glowing happiness that people talk about? Seeing it in person is really something to behold. It’s downright infectious. It warms the insides.







She wanted to make Champagne Cupcakes to celebrate. They were good. Very good. Frothy. Resplendent with butter. Almost too pretty to eat. And I doubled over laughing when I saw where she had gotten those little candy pearls- from a Disney Princess candy kit that included tiny glass slippers and tiaras.  As soon as we frosted them, I could not wait for her photos. And like these cupcakes, they do not disappoint. The ring’s pretty too.

The recipe came our way via Gimme Some Oven. Ali’s blog is lovely and her recipes are extremely accessible. She, in turn, sourced and adapted this recipe from AllRecipes. There now- everyone accounted for? Good. To celebrate, it takes a village.

Champagne Cupcakes

… made 36 mini cupcakes…

Cupcake Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup champagne (we used Korbel. And then I drank some. And went back to work.)
6 egg whites

Champagne Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature

Directions

Cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.  (This recipe yielded about 20 for me.)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, and then blend into creamed mixture alternately with champagne.

In another large clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites.  Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Frosting:

With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended, and then on medium for another two minutes.  Add vanilla and champagne, beating on medium for another minute.

Download Champagne Cupcake Recipe Cards

 

31 Comments

  1. Concetta Cutrone
    June 8, 2011

    Congratulations to Nicole. Your ring is beautiful. Hello Jubits. Love you, MOM

    Reply
  2. Nicole
    June 8, 2011

    Thanks! I’m excited 🙂

    Reply
  3. Molly
    June 8, 2011

    HIZZAH! Congrats, Nicole!

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  4. Krissyp
    June 9, 2011

    I was looking at Foodgawker and saw your pretty pics. Low and behold this was my recipe from Allrecipes from many years ago LOL. I’m so happy you enjoyed them!

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    • Judi
      June 9, 2011

      That’s crazy! They were delicious, Krissy. Adding you to my Thank You Note list.

      Reply
  5. jess white
    June 9, 2011

    wow, these look almost too good to eat! perfect for any celebration!

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  6. Lydia
    June 9, 2011

    Yummy! Thanks Judi … and congratulations Nicole, the ring is gorgeous!

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  7. John Valenty
    June 9, 2011

    Champagne and cupcakes are my fave and put them together..just pinch me to make sure I’m not dreaming. I could die a happy man!! Can’t wait to try these 🙂

    Reply
  8. Mary Kate
    June 9, 2011

    Yum! Congrats Nicole and what a gorgeous ring too!

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    • Nicole
      June 9, 2011

      thanks! he did good picking a ring 😉

      Reply
  9. Melissa
    June 9, 2011

    Yayyyyummmmyyyywowowowowowow!

    Reply
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  11. Valerie
    July 12, 2011

    The cupcakes look yummy!

    Congratulations… Who makes the ring? It’s gorgeous! Very antique looking.

    Reply
    • Nicole
      July 12, 2011

      thanks! the ring is antique, my fiance got it somewhere but he won’t tell me where haha- I know it’s from the 30’s though & I love it 🙂

      Reply
  12. Valerie
    July 12, 2011

    Very cool…. I look at antique rings all the time when we can find shops that sell estate jewelry. A lot of it is big and looks tacky (at least on my size 4 finger!). Your’s is lovely though…. Congrats! And tell your future hubby “great job”!!!

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  14. Jessica
    October 8, 2011

    i’ll help celebrate this engagement anytime there are champagne cupcakes involved! they were amazing and the icing melts in your mouth

    Reply
  15. Nkumbu
    November 16, 2011

    awwww congrats!!! love the ring!! 🙂 and great recipe!! sounds delicious, so quick question..do the cupcakes come out sweet?? would really love to make them 🙂

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    • Nicole
      November 16, 2011

      thanks! The cupcakes are sweet and delicious – the icing is sweet, but fluffy and smooth and not sugary if that makes any sense. They’ve been a hit every time I’ve made them!

      Reply
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  19. Lisa
    December 31, 2011

    Just made these for tonight! What better way to ring in 2012!! Hopefully some ladies I know will get in engaged this coming year and I can make them for that occassion!
    Congrats to you & Happy New Year!

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  20. Brynna
    January 1, 2012

    I made these for NYE and they were the hit of the party! SO YUMMY! Thanks for posting 🙂

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    • Brynna
      January 1, 2012

      P.s. I uses moscato d’asti in mine.

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