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Well, as promised, I made Champagne Cupcakes!  I had promised to make this in the exciting event that I passed the North Carolina Bar Exam, and lucky for you (AND ME!) I passed and made treats for you all to celebrate with me!  One of my favorite cocktails in the world is a Kir Royale.  I discovered this delicious cocktail at Christmas last year and thought that transforming them into a dessert would be an absolute delight! 

I adapted a recipe for Champagne Cupcakes from my friend Yuri of Chef Pandita.  She made lovely champagne cupcakes with lycee for her birthday and I've been dying to make my Kir Royale version, but I was waiting for that letter!  Well I finally got it and it was good news!  I already had a backup plan in case it wasn't (another cocktail) but I'm happy I can share these with you instead!  Now that it's the weekend and I had time to go buy ingredients, I got everything I needed, including champagne and Chambord.
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The Elements:
CUPCAKES: Adapted from Chef Pandita
3/4 stick of butter
1 cup granulated sugar
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup champagne
1 tbsp Chambord
1/2 cup of raspberries

ICING: Adapted from Real Simple
4 sticks of butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
3 tbsp champagne
1 tsp Chambord

DECORATIONS:
Lemon zest
Sprinkles (optional)
Half a raspberry for each cupcake (recipe makes approx. 24 cupcakes)

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Procedure:
CUPCAKES:
Preheat oven to 350
Put liners in your cupcake tin (approximately 24 cupcakes)
Puree 1 cup of raspberries in a blender or food processor.  Strain through a cheesecloth too remove all of the seeds (pictured above)
Set the bowl of pureed raspberries aside until you need it
Mix the butter and sugar until fully incorporated
Add egg whites, mixing again after each egg white
Add vanilla extract
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt
Alternating between the dry mixture and champagne, incorporate each into the butter/sugar/egg white mixture (ending with flour)
Add in Chambord and 1/3 cup of the raspberry puree
Bake for 15 minutes, rotate and bake for another 10 more minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

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ICING:
Beat the butter until it is fully whipped and soft (3-5 minutes)
After each addition, mix again until fully incorporated:
  • Add in the sugar gradually
  • Add the vanilla extract and salt
  • Add the Chambord and Champagne

DECORATIONS:
Ice the cupcakes using a piping bag (or you can simply use an offset spatula to spread it flat...your preference)
Sprinkle some sprinkles on and add a pinch of lemon zest to each
Top with a half a raspberry 
The Verdict:
A perfect way to celebrate such an exciting time!  I highly recommend these cocktail-inspired cupcakes if you get a chance.  These were fairly easy to make and don't require a stand mixer (although it would have made it much easier...and I still hope to get one in the near future!)  Easy and delicious... I rest my case
 


Comments

09/04/2011 10:52

Yum. Can't wait to try these. Couple of questions though. 1. Does it matter what brand of Champagne used? Is one brand better than another. @. What the heck is Chambord?? I am not much of a drinker, however I do like a good daiquiri every now and then. Outside of that, and wine for my cooking, I find my knowledge of liqueurs is limited. Chow.

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09/04/2011 11:00

Hi Cammie! Thanks for your comments and questions. I don't think it matters what kind of Champagne you use. I used Korbel Brut (about $12) but I'm sure the nicer the champagne the better the taste... (although wine snobs would say that it isn't actually "Champagne" unless it comes from "Champagne" and everything else isn't truly Champagne.) I would just say that any decent champagne would be fine. Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur that runs about $33 per bottle (the size I got) but I'm sure if your liquor store is well stocked they may have smaller bottles.

I hope this was helpful, but feel free to come back and ask more questions if you have any! :)

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09/04/2011 22:23

These are so cute and sound delicious. I love champagne in cupcakes!

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04/26/2012 07:21

Fantastic blog! I dont think Ive seen all the angles of this subject the way pointed them out.there are so much to say and know so much about the subject .

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08/20/2012 07:17

It's really fabulous and delicious you can't wait to eat the food.

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