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Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne CupcakesChampagne cupcakes! Just the name of them sounds fancy doesn’t it?  They are actually very easy to make but you can make them look really special and impress whoever you’re nice enough to offer them to.

Ingredients

For 20 cup cakes

150g/5¼ oz (⅔ cup) butter
340g/12 oz (1½0 cups) sugar
320g/11¼ oz (2¾ cups) plain flour
3 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
200ml/¼ pt (¾ cup) champagne or sparkling wine
6 egg whites

Method

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/Electric 350 (175°C) and put cake cases (liners) in a cake tin (if it’s a specialist cupcake tin so much the better).

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. My Kitchen Aid mixer made light work of this.

3. Separately sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and blend them together with a spoon.

4. Pour half the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture and mix, pout half the champagne in and mix. Then pour the remaining dry mix to the wet mix, blend and pour in the last of the champagne and mix.

5. Beat the egg whites together until they go stiff and you can form peaks by dipping the back of your spoon in.

6. Fold half the of the egg white mix into the cake mix and blend in well, then do the same with the remaining half.

7. Fill the cake cases to about three quarters with the cake mix – don’t overfill them – they’ll lost their lovely shape!  Pop in the oven and leave for about 20 minutes.

Let them cool down and then dress them up!

Champagne Buttercream icing/frosting

Ingredients:

300g/ 10oz powdered/icing sugar

150g/5oz  butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature (you can use milk instead if you prefer)

Food colouring (optional) – pink works great with these cakes though!

Cake jewels (optional)

To Make The Frosting:

Beat the sugar and butter together, add the vanilla and champage and beat them together – its easier to use a mixer if you have one.

Add the food colouring and blend in well.

Spread the icing on top of the cakes. Add the cake jewels if you have them, glitter, beads, shiny bits etc can really bling them up and bring out the wow factor.

Enjoy.

Bon appétit!

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