Yes, you read that correctly. I am going to show you how to combine two of the best flavors-chocolate and champagne!
What you’ll need:
– Piping bag – I like the Wilton disposable bags you can find at Michael’s or Joanne’s
– Large star tip
– Cupcake liners
– Silver (or any other color you like) decorating sugar or nonparallels
Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes:
– 1 box Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Mix
– 1/2 cup vegetable oil
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup champagne
Champagne Buttercream Frosting:
– 1 cup softened butter
– 4 cups powdered sugar
– 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup champagne
I used to make my cupcakes from scratch and that proved to be very time consuming, so now I like to use Betty Crocker’s chocolate cake mix when I’m crunched for time. They taste amazing and it is a bit quicker than whipping them up from scratch. My favorite is the Devil’s Food, but any chocolate mix will work. You will prepare it as the box states, but instead of water you will substitute your favorite champagne. I like to use Brut because the price is right and when you bake it the flavor stays, but the alcohol bakes out. Mix according to the directions until all the ingredients are well combined. Fill each cupcake cup about 2/3 full to ensure your cupcakes don’t overflow when they bake. Bake them according to the package, 350 for 15 min’s, and allow them to cool to the touch.
While the cupcakes are baking you can prepare your frosting. Combine all the ingredients in order and stir until creamy. You may need to add a little more powdered sugar to thicken up the frosting to your liking. I would suggest tasting it just to make sure it’s delicious enough for your cupcakes. Once creamy, transfer into your frosting bag with a large start tip. If you don’t have a large star tip, you can cut the bottom of the bag to about 1/4 inch. Now you can start decorating like a pro! Start at the outer edge and pipe towards the center to form a peak. Continue this for all of your cupcakes. I like to add silver decorating sugar or nonparallels immediately after frosting to dress them up. These are best to enjoy within three days, but they may not last that long.