Champagne Cup Cakes

Champagne Cup Cakes

These beautiful Champagne Cup Cakes are rich, moist and full of champagne flavour. If you are looking to elevate a traditional cupcake this is surely the way to do it.


  • 1 1/4 cups (156g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 stick (85g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) champagne


  • 1 cup (250ml) champagne
  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (250g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pearl sprinkles or any decoration of choice


  • Preheat an oven to 180*C. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low, add the egg and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the champagne in 2 additions, beating until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and be careful not to over beat.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full (you should get about 11-12 cupcakes).
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • While the cupcakes are baking; in a small saucepan, bring the champagne to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to medium and allow to simmer until it reduces down to about 1/4 cup (about 8-10 minutes). Reserve 2 tablespoons of the reduction for the frosting, and use the rest to brush on top of the warm cupcakes. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
  • In large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoon of the champagne reduction until smooth. Frost as desired and decorate.

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