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champagne cupcakes for new years eve

Well hi there, y’all!  I’m Christina from the small dessert blog Dessert For Two, and I’m so happy to be guest posting for Jenna today.  Jenna and I share a love of wine, so I instantly knew I wanted to make her a wine-infused dessert.  Since New Year’s Eve is coming up soon, I thought champagne cupcakes would fit the bill nicely.  I chose a sparkling wine from Jenna’s neck of the woods (Sonoma).  Half the fun of making these cupcakes is choosing your favorite bottle of bubbly to bake with.  You only need ¼ cup for this recipe, so you get to drink the rest!

And just a heads up, if you couldn’t figure it out by my blog name, my desserts only serve two people.  After much hemming and hawing, I made the executive decision that 4 cupcakes is the perfect serving size for two people.  Two for me, two for you.  But, sometimes in my house, it goes a little something like this: 1 for me as soon as soon as they come out of the oven, then we both eat one together, and finally, we might fight over the last one.  Cupcakes are worth it—fight for your fair share!

So today, you will only need to line 4 muffin cups with paper liners because we’re only making 4 cupcakes:

Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way full.

The best part of cooking with booze is enjoying a glass while your creation bakes!

The bubbles in the champagne make such pretty domed cupcakes.

If you’re the type that likes to pipe on fancy frosting, I have a little tip to share:  Place your frosting bag into a glass and fold the edges over the sides of the glass to give you a better angle for scraping the frosting inside.  Like this:

When you’re ready to frost the cupcakes, simply grab the edges of the bag and twist it closed to force the frosting down to the tip.  Then, pipe away in whatever style your heart desires.

Champagne Cupcakes

Print this recipe!

makes 4 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

1/4  cup vegetable oil
pinch of salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons champagne
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
a few drops of almond extract
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of baking soda

For the frosting:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons champagne
candied orange peel for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350° and line 4 cups in a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the oil, salt and sugar.  Beat very well for 1 minute until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, champagne, vanilla, almond extract, and orange zest and beat to combine.  Sprinkle on top the flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Beat lightly to combine—do not overmix.  Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake for 19-21 minutes, test for doneness at 20 minutes with a toothpick.  Let cupcakes cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together in a medium bowl the butter, powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons champagne.  If you need a little more liquid, add the last tablespoon of champagne.  Frost cupcakes and serve.


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  • Kim {Recipes To Run On}
    December 27, 2011 at 3:09 am

    LOVE this idea and recipe…. As someone who WAY overindulged this holiday season and has to get back on track with good eating ~ 4 cupcakes will be enough for each of my family members. Fun recipe to bring in the New Year! Love it…. And it sounds like I’ll be VERY happy consuming the ingredients while the cupcakes bake. 🙂

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 27, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I like the way you think, Christina….champagne IN desserts! I love champagne and used to partake frequently but haven’t lately. Need to change that! Maybe New Year’s Eve.

    These look like the best use of 4 tbsp of champagne that I’ve seen all year!

    As always, love that your desserts don’t make 4 dozen worth…sometimes you just want a taste. Or 4 🙂

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 27, 2011 at 4:45 am

    How cool! I love this recipe. Great guest post 🙂

  • Jen
    December 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Will travel over to your website – now THAT is creativity. 🙂

  • Evan
    December 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

    How festive these look! The serving size makes them perfect for an intimate gathering or a New Year’s Eve date night. 🙂

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic
    December 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Champagne cupcakes sound fabulous!

  • Marci
    December 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

    How fun and cute! Hi Christina!

  • Anne
    December 27, 2011 at 6:35 am

    *Detail: If the wine is not from Champagne region in France, you call it sparkling wine and not champagne (and, it is not the same price 😉 For exemple, Prosecco is italian sparkling, Cava is spanish, etc.

  • Liz
    December 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Anne’s right, but most Americans don’t know the difference, and Champagne has become a generic term, like Kleenex. “Champagne Cupcakes” has a nice ring and an instant appeal that “Sparling Wine Cupcakes” just doesn’t have.

    I’m wondering about the flavor… with such a small amount of wine in the batter, do they really have anything in the way of a champagne flavor? Do the bubbles really make a difference in how they rise? I’m suspecting the champagne flavor would come out more in the frosting. Either way, these really look delicious – light and tasty.

  • Cait's Plate
    December 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

    This is such a great idea for new years! I LOVE the idea of champagne in cupcakes, I feel like it would make them so light and moist!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 27, 2011 at 7:13 am

    I literally JUST wrote down on my shopping list for this week “bottle of champagne” knowing I wanted to make something with it (and of course drink some too ;)) these sound perfect, especially since we have no plans and will probably just be sitting at home. Why not eat bubbly cupcakes? 😉

  • Christy
    December 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

    I just read another recipe where you could use champagne with a boxed cake mix. But I much prefer homemade goods over a boxed anything, so this is perfect! Thank you! But what is the recipe to make a dozen or two?

  • Erika - The Teenage Taste
    December 27, 2011 at 7:42 am

    These cupcakes look fabulous and I love the small recipe! Thanks for sharing, Christina!

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    December 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

    These are so festive, perfect for New Years Eve! I love that the recipe makes a small batch!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    December 27, 2011 at 8:12 am

    champagne is my favorite part of new years eve! and baked into a cupcake? even better than out of a glass if you ask me!

  • Liz @ Southern Charm
    December 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

    What a perfect NYE recipe. Love the serving size too!!

  • Kathryn
    December 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m making cupcakes for my friend’s wedding in the spring and I needed a counterpart to Chocolate Kahlua Cupcakes and i think this might be it! (Can you tell I like my boozy desserts?)

  • Deanna B.
    December 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

    These are perfect! I happen to have a bit of champagne left from Christmas that needs to be used.

  • Emily (Edible Psychology)
    December 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    These look delicious! And it’s great for me that without the frosting, these would be dairy free. I will have to try making the frosting with a dairy-free butter spread.

  • Shri
    December 27, 2011 at 11:54 am

    They look lovely! Wish you a very happy new year!

  • Amber B
    December 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Oh these look fabulous! I think I may have just found a perfect treat for New Years!

  • Meredith
    December 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Looks great! But FYI Gloria Ferrer is not champagne, it is sparkling wine. Champagne is only legally champagne if it is made in the Champagne region of France, not Sonoma, California. Not trying to be a pill, but my family makes champagne 🙂

  • Nik
    December 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Bubby is my favorite part of celebrations! I will absolutely be making these cuties for our new year’s celebration. So fun to see you here on Jenna’s blog too! Bottoms up, girl! 🙂

  • Corrie Anne
    December 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oh yeah. The perfect celebratory food. And champagne is my fave!!! This would be perfect for one of my besties whose b-day is on NYE!!!

  • Lauren
    December 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    LOVE Christina…and cupcakes!

  • Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño
    December 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    There is so much to love about this post I don’t know where to start. I just found you on food buzz and I am soooo happy I did.
    First: Champagne Cupcakes… hello, I am in love. they look amazing.
    Second: I too share the love of having a glass of booze when cooking with booze. Just made a Cranberry and Port Crumble and had a little port for myself 🙂
    Third: You have a interest link… I am in love!!! It’s my new addiction and you just made it a though sand times easier for me to add you to my board.
    Total new fan and follower here <3

  • Kristin
    December 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Can’t wait to make these! They look so yummy!!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Oh my….these cupcakes sound amazing. I will definitely give them a try 🙂

  • lynn @ the actor's diet
    December 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    yay, christina – my foodbuzz gift buddy from 2010!!! love her site.

  • Kiran @
    December 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    What a great way to toast the New Year. Champagne cupcakes?! Wowser! Need to make this now 😀

    Happy New Year to you both 🙂

  • Kimby
    December 28, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Hi! I’m visiting from Dessert For Two and this was a fun collaboration! Thanks for the festive dessert idea and Happy New Year!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    December 28, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Gorgeous photos, Tina! Love the cupcakes:-)

  • Cassie
    December 28, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I will take champagne in any form, especially in cupcake form. They sound fabulous!

  • Suze
    December 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Making some tonight for a taster test…….Yummmm…can’t wait….Thanks for the Recipe..

  • nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
    December 29, 2011 at 7:07 am

    a perfect way to toast in the new year!

  • kyleen
    December 31, 2011 at 7:53 am

    What a great way to work BOOZE into your cupcakes. I could make these and my mom wouldn’t be able to say anything about my not being old enough to drink because it’s just dessert! Happy New Year!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    December 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    What a gorgeous cupcake! Love anything that makes such a small amount of dessert – perfect for all the New Year’s Resolutions that will be made tomorrow.

  • JenE
    December 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Ha! These are so good I wish I did have more!! Hubby is looking for another 🙂
    Cheers and thanks – and HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL,
    Mama E

  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    January 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I know I’m missing the point of not over indulging but I think these would be so yummy that I would eat all four!

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    January 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I love that your recipe only makes four! I think this will be perfect for some of my friend’s 21st birthdays.

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    February 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

    Love Love Love the champagne cupcakes, is there a full dozen recipe?

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