Thursday, December 30, 2010

Champagne & Strawberries

This time of year us chef's wives are lonely. People like to eat out at Christmas time and so my hubby gets the pleasure of feeding you all. He loves his job and I am so thankful for that, so I try to keep busy and look forward to January when most of you all will take a little break from eating out, and he will be home with the family more!!

In light of New Year's Eve tomorrow I created a fun recipe for Champagne & Strawberry cupcakes. I got the idea from an episode of Oprah, featuring the DC Cupcakes' girls. I liked their idea, but tweaked it a little :)

1 box Moist White Cake
1 stick butter (softened)
1 1/3 cups Champagne
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract

For Frosting:
2 sticks butter at room temp
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup finely chopped strawberries
2 tablespoons milk---or champagne ;)

Mix butter until soft and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Next add vanilla and champagne. Finally, add in cake mix. Stir just enough to moisten (Don't over mix)!!

Fill lined cupcake tins about 2/3 of the way. Will make 21-24 cupcakes.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool completely before frosting.

Cream butter in mixer, add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time scrapping sides as you go. Once its all incorporated add strawberries and mix some more! Frosting will probably appear dry, if so add milk VERY slowly to achieve desired thickness.

Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and enjoy :)

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