Pink Champagne Cupcakes and a Giveaway!


This is my 100th post to the blog! When I started it just over a year ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect (would anyone find the blog, let alone read it?). It is still very much a work in progress, however I have been encouraged by all the feedback I have received, and I couldn't have done without all of my faithful readers. So a big THANK YOU! To show my gratitude, I am offering my first giveaway, so keep reading to find out how to enter!

In honor of my 100th blog post today, I figured I would skip to one of my favorite things - dessert! When planning the menu for my ladies' luncheon, I knew I wanted to make cupcakes. But what kind? Surely, this was too fancy of an event for any old recipe. As soon as I found these pink champagne cupcakes in my saved recipes, I knew it was perfect. Not only does champagne scream decadence, but they are pink. If that isn't girly, I don't know what is.

These cupcakes were absolutely amazing. Sweet, with just the lightest hint of champagne. Paired with my vanilla buttercream, they were a fantastic addition to our lovely dessert spread.

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

2 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. nonfat milk powder
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
5 large egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla extract
pink food coloring
1 cup dry Brut champagne or sparkling wine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with cupcake liners. In large bowl, whisk together the flour, milk powder, baking powder, and salt. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine butter, oil and granulated sugar. Beat until light and fluffy in texture and in color, about 3 minutes. Add egg whites, one at a time, scraping sides of bowl after each addition. Add vanilla extract and pink food coloring (a little goes a long way with this batter, so be careful) and beat to combine well. Scrape down sides of bowl to make sure all ingredients are incorporated, and slowly add flour mixture, then champagne. Stir slowly until mixture is almost combined. Remove from mixer and stir ingredients with large spatula until just barely combined. Pour mixture into prepared liners, and tap lightly to remove excess air bubbles.

Place into center of oven and bake for 19-21 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Move to wire racks and let cool completely before decorating. Frost as desired.

Source: adapted from Good Things Catered

Now... onto the giveaway!

When thinking about what to give away, I thought, "What do my readers love?" Since my mini cookies and cream cheesecakes is one of my most popular posts (not to mention one of my favorite desserts), I decided to give away a copy of one of my favorite cupcake cookbooks, Martha Stewart Cupcakes!



This book has 175 amazing cupcakes recipes, plus decorating ideas and baking tips. I have tried several recipes from the book, and have a million more saved (okay, that may be a slight exaggeration). I can't wait to share it with you!

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite cupcake is. Is it a simple vanilla with chocolate buttercream, or is it a decadent delight like pink champagne cupcakes? Or, if you don't have a personal favorite, what cupcake recipe would you like to see on this blog? Only one entry per person, please. The contest will end on Thursday, April 22 at 10:00 pm, EST. One winner will be chosen at random and announced next week. Good luck!

52 comments:

amandawk said...

Congrats on 100 posts! My favorite cupcake is red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Yummy!
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Dunne' said...

Congrats Mrs. D, that is exciting...100 posts! Woohoo! My favorite tends to change depending on my mood, the season, etc. Lately, I've been on a coconut kick and love, love, love coconut cupcakes!

~Jaime~ said...

Happy 100th post Amber! How to choose just one cupcake flavor??? Well, it would have to be strawberry with cream cheese frosting. Yum. Now I'm hungry! :)

Somnybooks said...

Hello! I'm new to your blog and so far really enjoy it. My current favorite cupcake is devils food with peanut butter frosting. Yum!

Jan said...

LOVE your blog! my favorite cupcake is chocolate and chocolate fudge frosting... YUM!

Ashley said...

I love red velvet ... either in cupcake or cake form. Wonderful giveaway - thanks!

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Lori said...

I made some Girl Scout Cookie Samoa cupcakes and they would have to be my favorite of all time. Extremely yummy and sinful, you can't get better than that!

Nadia said...

Yummm these look so tasty! I have a blog where I post about cupcakes and Im going to post a link to this, I hope you dont mind!

My fav cupcakes are probably red velvet with cream cheese frosting, but its honestly so hard to choose!

Aubrey said...

Yay on 100 posts - I love reading your recipes, I always come here when I need inspiration. As for cupcakes... I like simple yellow cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting. Yummm.

The New Mrs said...

Mmm yum! My fave is a simple vanilla with chocolate buttercream.. Amazing!

Natalie said...

Definitely red velvet. Or Strawberry Lemonade... mmm.....

Ariana said...

Wow... I was JUST thinking about champagne cupcakes and then I came across your Tastespotting photo! My favourite cupcakes are definitely chai flavoured. I can't get enough of that spice! Congrats on your 100th post. :)

Mrs. Walk said...

These were SO. GOOD. My mouth is watering now just thinking about them.

Mrs T said...

yay 100 posts!

I don't turn down a lot of cupcakes, but obviously my fave is funfetti (as if you didn't know). If we're talking homemade (aka not from a box), then prob red velvet with cream cheese frosting. However, these pink champagne ones sound delish and they may move their way up the list.

Angie said...

Happy 100th post!

My three fave flavors in the world are: Vanilla, Cinnamon and Smores. Any of those flavors in a cupcake equals me in heaven! Speaking of MS - my next cupcake venture is Snickerdoodle cupcakes and I keep waiting for an excuse to make them!

Mama Jan said...

My favorite cupcake is anything chocolate!! :)

Ms. K.I.M. said...

I love a simple vanilla cupcake with a buttercream icing.

Arena said...

My fav cupcake has got to be just plain ol' vanilla with buttercream frosting! Y-U-M!

Michelle Tchea said...

Red velvet with a huge dose of cream cheese frosting. YUM!

Lindsey Jo said...

I love strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing!

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tiffie said...

Congrats!

This is a hard one because I love all things cupcake.

BUT I will have to go with --- a strawberry cupcake w/ strawberry cream cheese frosting.

~ mrs.feo ~ said...

100 posts?! That's amazing!! My favorite cupcake is yellow cake with fudge frosting ... simple but delicious!

Amrita said...

ooohh...champagne cupcakes sound so glamorous...they look so elegant!! I can imagine some with pearly sprinkles on top!!

Jules said...

Congrats on 100 posts!

My favorite cupcakes are vanilla bean w/ vanilla frosting! Simple, classic, the best! Your pink champagne cupcakes sound delish!

Jules

skmac31 said...

Hello! A friend shared your blog link with me so I had to take a peek! Love the champagne cupcakes!!

It's hard to pick a favorite cupcake, but I think I have to go with chocolate with peanut butter frosting!

~*the gastronomic goddess*~ said...

chocolate cupcake with vanilla mint buttercream are my fave!! mmmmm yum!

I'm definitely going to have to make those pink champagne ones for my birthday!

suburban prep said...

I love Chocolate cupcake with chocolate fudge frosting. Yum.

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Lauren said...

These look fantastic!!! I'd have to say my favorite is a recent discovery of a chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake. YUMMY!!!

Heather R. said...

My favorite cupcake is almond flavored with raspberry filling and almond buttercream frosting.

Melissa said...

Spice cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

grace said...

100 posts is no small feat--congrats! my favorite cakelet would be carrot loaded with cream cheese frosting!

Dani said...

I can't pick a single favorite! Cookie dough, cookies 'n' cream, peanut butter chocolate... mmm, now I want a cupcake!

Christie said...

I'm not sure that I have a favorite, yet, but I really want to try some cookies and cream cupcakes!

Caddie said...

definitely chocolate stout cupcakes with irish cream buttercream!

Emily said...

Happy 100th post! I love chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes. But I have been dying to try snickerdoodle cupcakes.

LaurenW said...

yummy! My favorite cupcakes are chocolate with cream cheese icing!

Tiff said...

Happy 100th post! My favorite cupcakes are ones that have filling and a fun frosting on top. Something like salted caramel is great.

everyth1ngshiny said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I can't wait to try this recipe.

My favorite cupcake is a super-moist vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream icing. Something about such a simple flavor combination really works for me. MMM now I want to go home and bake some!

mesa said...

Congrats on 100 posts! My favorite cupcake is anything that is chocolate.

NikiTheo said...

Red velvet w/ cream cheese frosting!!!!

Brandi said...

You can't go wrong with a red velvet cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. Though a plain white with chocolate buttercream frosting is a close second...yummy

Sarah said...

My favorite cupcake is strawberry with cream cheese frosting! Wish I had 1 right now!

Ariane said...

Congratulations. My favorite cupcake is definately chocolate with a whipped, fluffy, white icing.

Lori said...

I love key lime cupcakes with a buttercream icing! I would love to win this book! Thanks!

Jen said...

I just made vegan chocolate cupcakes this weekend for my sister who is a vegan and everyone who is non-vegan was skeptical about them. BUT everyone told me they were the best cupcakes they had ever eaten! I may never make non-vegan cupcakes ever again!

Natalie said...

Red Velvet cupcakes are TDF (To Die For)! I'm hoping to find a recipe in this book for them...including the scrumptious cream cheese frosting, because...well, isn't EVERYTHING better with a little cream cheese?

renaekh said...

Chai anything. Congrats on 100!

P. said...

Congrats on your 100 (now 101) posts! I have got to say that lately I'm LOVING Funfetti cupcakes. Buuuuut.... I'm dying to try this pink champagne cupcake. Wanna send me one of those?! Looks AMAZING!

Marlenie said...

I have a recipe for St. Patty's day cupcakes that is to die for. They are made with pistachio pudding and mini chocolate chips. They are a lovely shade of spring green and we only make them once a year on St. Patty's day so they are special.

Susi said...

My favorite cupcake is the Pink Champagne Cupcakes! My husband and I have never ever tried a more delicious cupcake. Cupcakes are usually too sweet for me, but this one, paired with the buttercream icing, heavenly delicious!

Shannon said...

Congrats:) I'm so glad you've been posting again! I love your blog:) I'm 37 weeks pregnant and now craving cupcakes, so any kind would be my favorite! But my favorite would have to be the cream cheese chocolate ones, yum!

Estella said...

I love Red Velvet cupcakes