Champagne Cupcakes
Cuisine: American
Author: Cookie Madness
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 23 mins
Total time: 43 mins
Champagne cupcakes are white cupcakes with champagne mixed into the batter. The pink frosting is vanilla with a touch of champagne mixed in.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups White Lily or 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon of cake flour. Whichever flour you're using it should weigh around 6.2 ounces or 175 grams**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (84 grams)
  • 3/4 cup (147 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry or extra dry champagne
Pink Frosting
  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons (115 grams) butter, at room temperature -- salted or unsalted
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream at room temperature, milk not recommended**
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon champagne at room temperature or more cream
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of red food paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks forms; set aside.
  4. With the same mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and milk. By hand, stir in the flour alternately with the champagne until smooth. With a silicone scraper, fold egg whites into the batter until smooth. Divide batter among cupcake cups and bake for 20-23 minutes or until tops spring back when touched. Let cool completely, then ice with Pink Champange Frosting.
  5. To make the frosting, beat the butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue beating, scraping sides of the bowl. Add room temperature cream and continue beating, then add vanilla and beat until smooth. Add champagne if desired, or use more cream as needed.
Notes
I used White Lily, but if I hadn't had any around I would have used cake flour. Because cupcakes sometimes benefit from a little gluten, these might also be good with a mix of 1 cup cake flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose to equal 6.2 ounces.
If you don’t have a scale, make sure to stir and aerate the flour before measuring.
This frosting is excellent, but will curdle if the ingredients aren't at room temperature or in some cases, if milk is used in place of cream. As for the salt, regular or salted butter is okay. If you use unsalted, add a very tiny pinch of salt to counter the sweetness a bit.
Recipe by Cookie Madness at http://www.cookiemadness.net/2013/12/champagne-cupcakes/