When I think of Champagne Cupcakes, I think of Champagne AND Cupcakes, so I was excited to put the two together and see how they would taste. I found the recipe here.
I used regular and mini sized cupcake pans, and let me tell you the mini size was a hit! The color, the size, and the presentation drew my cupcake tasters in like flies!
The frosting was a champagne buttercream frosting, which tasted a lot like butter to me. As a compliment to the cake, it actually worked out and everyone seemed to love it.
My favorite part, and my own ingenious idea, was finishing off the cupcakes with POP ROCKS! They popped in your mouth as you bit in and really gave that effect of some bubbly champagne.
The batter smelled like champagne but after it baked into the cupcake, the flavor baked off as well. I have heard some recommendations for using champagne flavoring that you can purchase at specialty baking shops, maybe next time.
My cupcake tasters were confused about what the flavor actually was, even after I had told them that they were champagne cupcakes.. hmm.
Everyone really loved these little guys. I am not sure if it was because they were so small, or because they were pink, or because of the pop rocks. Whatever it was, perhaps the combination, had everyone in agreement that they liked these the best!
I personally liked them, not loved them. I did think the presentation really helped, but I would have loved a truly champagne tasting cupcake. Maybe next time I will try strawberry champagne to put a little more sweet into it.