Champagne Cupcakes

These Champagne Cupcakes are super moist and full of champagne flavor! They’d be perfect For New Year’s Eve, or another special occasion.

Champagne Cupcakes
Champagne Cupcakes

Well, this weekend was a great weekend. Our family slowly tapered off and made their way home, with my parents leaving today. We were busy bouncing around from activity to activity.

My niece (she’s 8) played in a basketball game on Saturday morning. My brother is the coach and does a great job. My niece scored 10 of the team’s 13 points and they won the game! Then most everyone went to a movie, but my mom and I took the opportunity to do some returns and shopping. Some of our favorite times are when we are shopping. We have a great time together.

Champagne Cupcakes
Champagne Cupcakes

Then Saturday night, my dad went back to my brother’s house with him family and my mom, the hubs and I went to get some drinks and dinner. The only place near us that wasn’t packed was Carrabba’s, so that’s where we ended up. It was kind of a nod to my 30th birthday with the drinks, so my mom and the hubs decided we need to do a shot.

My mom can keep up with the best of them. Most of the time, she can out-party me. 🙂

They looked to me to pick the shot and since I’ve got a sweet tooth and everything I pick is sweet, I went with a buttery nipple. #imsoclassy

The waiter literally laughed out loud when we ordered it and we were pretty sure the bartender grabbed his phone to google how to make it. I guess they don’t get a lot of people in Carrabba’s asking for a buttery nipple shot.

Champagne Cupcakes
Champagne Cupcakes

We classed it up a little more when we got home and got into the Blackberry Champagne Bellinis. We also turned on some music and had an all out dance party. The best and only way to celebrate anything. Dance parties with my mom, grandmother and cousin have always been a regular thing and one of my favorite things.

We started out jamming to the 90s pop mix on Pandora, then moved onto some Motown, then finished up with the Elvis station – the hubs’ favorite. For the first time since probably college, we were up until 3 am – dancing around the house. #bestdancepartyever

Then the Carolina Panthers beat the Atlanta Falcons and it was the cherry on top of a great weekend. Yay for the Panthers going to the playoffs!

Now we have New Year’s to look forward to. Isn’t this time of year just crazy? It’s one thing right after another.

Champagne Cupcakes
Champagne Cupcakes

These cupcakes definitely need to be on your New Year’s menu.

The recipe is based on my vanilla cupcake, which has been a big hit. It’s an easy, one bowl recipe. You can’t beat that. You combine the dry ingredients, mix in the wet, then bake. Easy peasy.

One thing to note – you might notice little bits of butter in the batter after you mix it – that’s normal and will incorporate into the cupcakes when they bake. I’m told that it works to melt the butter and add it, rather than just using room temperature butter, so you could try that if you’d like. Just make sure you don’t over-mix the batter.

This is a very moist cupcake. It’s not super dense, but it’s not super fluffy either. Kind of right down the middle. There’s just more than 1/2 a cup of champagne in the recipe, which gives it plenty of champagne flavor! You know I like my flavors plenty noticeable and this one qualifies. Not too much, but clearly there.

The icing also has champagne. Hey, if you’re going to celebrate, go all out right? Why skimp? And is there any better way to bring in a new year than with champagne and cupcakes? I think not.

Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes

Yield: 12-14 cupcakes

Ingredients

Champagne Cupcakes
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup salted butter, room temperature
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp champagne

Champagne Icing
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar
4-5 tbsp champagne

Instructions

Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and champagne and mix on medium speed just until smooth. Do not over mix.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
5. Bake 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.

Icing
1. Combine butter and shortening and mix until smooth.
2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add champagne and mix until smooth.
4. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Add a little more champagne, if needed, until desired consistency is reached.
6. Top cupcakes with icing.

Note: You may notice little bits of butter in the batter, but that's ok. They will melt into the cupcake as they bake.
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Enjoy!

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