Monday, January 24, 2011

Champagne Cupcakes

You know, I've read in several places lately that cupcakes are now out.  I guess that means that I'm a rebel at heart, because I'm posting these anyway.  They seem like a good fit for Valentine's Day to me.
Let's start with the recipe.

Champagne Cupcakes
Adapted from General Mills

1 box white cake mix
1 ¼ cups champagne
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 to 5 drops red food coloring

Champagne Frosting
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
4 cups powdered sugar, or to desired consistency
¼ cup champagne
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 to 5 drops red food coloring

This recipe will make 2 dozen cupcakes.  You can find a printable version here.

Now this will come as no surprise, if you don't like the flavor of champagne, you won't like these cupcakes.  I tried them out on my husband first.  He does not like champagne. I thought that in the form of cake he might actually like it...I was wrong.  He said, "I don't even want another bite, much less another cupcake!"  For the record, I'm on the fence when it comes to champagne.  I don't particularly like it as a drink, but in a cupcake it was alright.  So I called in taste testing reinforcements.  I called my friend who likes champagne to come and give me her opinion.  She and her sister gave these cupcakes an enthusiastic thumbs up! 

The moral of this story is that if you like champagne, you'll probably like these champagne cupcakes.  Isn't that genius?

Here's another twist, I made some with chocolate filling!  Start by making some chocolate ganache. Combine 1 cup of heavy cream, that has been heated to a simmer, with 5 ounces of chopped, semi-sweet chocolate.  Stir until smooth and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Cut a whole in the cooled cupcake.  Eat the piece of cake you just removed. (quality control is very important)

Fill this whole with ganache.

Top as usual with the champagne frosting.  Please note, once the frosting is on the cupcake, you cannot tell if it is filled or not.  Yes, genius here, I didn't figure that out until I already had filled and un-filled mixed up.

If you have some sugar pearls you can sprinkle the tops with a few.  They make nice little bubbles!

Happy Valentine's Day,