September 24, 2013

Pink Champagne Cupcakes Recipe from "Trophy Cupcakes & Party!"


Trophy Cupcakes and Party - Pink Champagne Cupcakes Recipe

Well, kids, today's the day! The official launch date of Trophy Cupcakes & Party! by Jennifer Shea! It seems oh-so-fitting to celebrate the day with Pink Champagne Cupcakes and so, as promised, here is the recipe to Jennifer's scrumptiously celebratory cupcakes! Enjoy!
 
TROPHY'S PINK CHAMPAGNE CUPCAKES
makes 2 dozen

Pink Champagne Cupcakes

2 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup champagne
2/3 cup half-and-half
1/4 teaspoon red food coloring
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine the champagne, half-and-half, and food coloring in a large measuring cup with a spout. Set aside.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat them at low speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 1 minute if the butter is soft. If the butter is cool, it will take longer. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping the bowl after each addition, and waiting until all traces of each egg have disappeared before adding next one.
  • Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with adding the wet ingredients in 2 parts. Keep the mixer at the lowest speed and mix each time just until the ingredients are combined. When everything has been added, scrape the bowl and paddle one more time, and stir the batter just until it's smooth. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes and stir gently before using.
  • Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full and bake until the tops of the cupcakes are firm and a cake tester inserted into the center of a middle cupcake comes our with just a few crumbs, about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes in the pans before removing to a rack to cool completely.

Trophy Cupcakes and Party - Pink Champagne Cupcakes Recipe

Pink Champagne Buttercream

3 cups (6 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted*
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon champagne
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Red food coloring

  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter. Start with the mixer at the lowest speed, then gradually increase the speed, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl as needed, until the butter is light in color, perfectly smooth, and makes a slapping sound as it hits the sides of the bowl. If the butter is soft, this should only take 30 seconds, but if the butter is cool, it can take a couple of minutes.
  • Add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix at the lowest speed until it's fully incorporated before adding the next cup. When all the sugar has been added, scrape the paddle and the bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the champagne, vanilla, salt, and a drop or two of food coloring (or add more for a darker, deeper pink shade), and beat them at low speed for 15 seconds. Increase the speed to as high as you can without making a mess and whip the buttercream until the mixutre is perfectly smooth, creamy, and light, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer once or twice to scrape the bowl and paddle, then continue beating. At first the buttercream will appear to soften, then it will stiffen and increase in volume.
  • Use right away, or store in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator. When you're ready to use it, let the buttercream come to room temperature, then put it back in the stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to beat it until it's creamy and stiff again.
* I tend to like my frosting on the less sweet side so I added the confectioners' sugar to taste (about 3 cups).
 

A big "Thank you!" to Jennifer for graciously allowing me to reproduce this recipe here!


PHOTOGRAPHS, CRAFTING AND STYLING BY UNCLE BEEFY


22 comments:

  1. You have completely outdone yourself, those cupcakes are GORGEOUS.

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    1. Thanks so much, Zakary! Wish I could stick one in an envelope and send it to you! xx :)

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    1. Thank you, Kate! For the sweet compliment and taking the time to comment! :)

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  3. So lovely! And now my. Mouth is watering. I love Trophy, back when they were new and Jennifer was on Martha I made her s'mores cupcakes for my little girl's 3rd bd, then we had her 4th bd at the Wallingford shop. So delicious! I need that book.
    xoMorgann
    http://www.glitterinthegrey.com

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    1. Thanks, Morgann! And thanks for stopping by! The book is really wonderful and totally one you will come back to again and again. You SO need the book! :)

      Hope all has been well with you since the RS event!

      Best,
      UB :)

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  4. Mon Oncle, I am pretty sure I have confirmed that a person CAN gain weight just by looking at photos!!!! But what the hell........it's worth it!!!!
    ML

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    1. Hahaha! Hope the virtual taste was pleasing to your refined palate. ;)

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  5. these are STUNNING!! Thanks for the love, Uncle B!!

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    1. Thanks, Justina! And you're welcome! Always happy to share a little love! :) xo

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  6. I love these, I want to gobble them ALL up ! x

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Trisha! These are super tasty and I can highly suggest to give the recipe a go! :)

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  7. I need to know how to frost like this! Tutorial pretty please!

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    1. Maybe one of these days but Jennifer outlines how to do this in her book so there's always that, too! :)

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  8. I found you via Elizabeth at Pinecones & Acorns and I'm dadgum glad I did!
    Great to meet you. I now have some back reading to do.
    Your newest UK follower.
    Di
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Di, and glad you found me! Welcome! I'll see you! :)

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  9. oooh, super cute, just migrated over here from A Stylist's Life ... I never get tired of cupcakes!

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  10. These are amazing. I am seriously drooling just looking at them.

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  11. Beautiful! They sound delicious too. Must try. Shiree'

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    1. Thank you, Shiree! They *are* delicious and you should absolutely try! :)

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  12. dazannng you did a beautiful job piping this! i just LOVE this book, it's so much fun, with such great styling! i haven't made a recipe from it yet but these pink champagne numbers may very well inspire me to make them first!! xo

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    1. Haha! That's saying something coming from YOU! It's an awesome book and I certainly can endorse this recipe, for SURE! :) xo

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