Why have boring ol' vanilla when you can have champagne?


Give your holiday desserts the ~fancy~ bite-size makeover they deserve; skip the plain vanilla cupcakes or run-of-the-mill sugar cookies and whip up this champagne cupcakes recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar instead. They don't just look like a sparkly party-starting dessert, they taste like it too. With champagne packed into both the cake batter and the frosting, you'll really taste the bubbly in these babies. (But don't worry-it only uses about a cup, so there'll be enough of the bottle left for sipping while you wait for the oven timer to buzz.)

Disclaimer: If you're looking for a healthy, low-cal dessert to enjoy on New Year's Eve, this isn't quite the one. (Try these healthy bite-size holiday desserts instead.) This champagne cupcakes recipe is the treat for when you're ready to wholeheartedly indulge-from the first lick of frosting to scraping the last bits of cake off the wrapper. There is champagne involved, after all. (That being said, you can definitely try some of these healthy baking swaps to lighten them up, if that's what you really desire.)

Here's what you'll need for the batter:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salted butter
  • egg whites
  • vanilla extract
  • sour cream
  • champagne

And for the icing:

  • butter
  • shortening
  • powdered sugar
  • champagne

Sprinkle them with something sparkly, serve, and wait for the "mmms" to start. Want to make some more culinary magic with the rest of that champagne bottle? We've got you (and all your holiday parties) covered. Try these recipes for strawberry champagne jello jigglers, champagne vinaigrette salad dressing, and, wait for it-champagne gummy bears. (You're welcome.)