Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Today Completely Delicious turns five!

Who knew five years ago when I posted a little recipe for chocolate chip cookies that it would not only turn into an incredibly rewarding hobby but also a part-time job? Not me, but I’m so happy to be where I am.

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

I’ve come a long way in the last five years. From bad photos and a only handful of readers to an archive full of hundreds of recipes and an inbox full of support. Not to mention all of the meaningful relationships that have developed solely because of this website.

My weekends are often dedicated to recipe testing, my nights are spent editing photos, and seeing what’s new on Twitter is one of the first things I do every morning. It’s not quite what I imagined my life would be like five years ago, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Five years of blogging kind of feels like a big deal. To me it means that this is more than just a hobby, this is what I am doing with my life. And you know what? It’s not a bad life, I think I’ll stick around.

To celebrate, I baked cupcakes with a little bubbly. Yes, there’s sparkling wine right there in the batter. The cupcakes are light and flavorful and the strawberry buttercream frosting is the perfect topper. Indulging in a few of these cupcakes and sipping from a champagne flute is exactly how I want to spend today.

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Thank you, dear readers. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or you’re visiting my site for the very first time, thanks for letting me share my baking adventures with you.

Here’s to five more years, cheers!

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes
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Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes

Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

Delicate cupcakes flavored with champagne and strawberries. Perfect for a celebration or everyday.

Ingredients

    For the cupcakes:
  • 2 1/4 cup (280 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup (300 grams) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (135 grams) strawberries, sliced
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup (237 ml, 8 fl oz) sparkling wine
  • 1 cup (237 ml, 8 fl oz) vegetable oil
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cup (340 grams) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups (455 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons strawberry pureé (strained to remove seeds, if desired)

Instructions

    To make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or grease with butter and flour.
  2. Pureé strawberries in a food processor or blender. Measure out 1/2 cup of the pureé and reserve the rest for the frosting.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the eggs, champagne, 1/2 cup pureéd strawberries and oil on medium high speed until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions, mixing after each.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake come out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  6. To make the frosting:
  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium high speed until light and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt and strawberry pureé and mix on medium speed until smooth. Add additional pureé if needed to get the desired consistency.
  8. Frost cupcakes with the frosting. Store in the fridge. Cupcakes will keep for several days.

Note: If you'd like to leave out the champagne, substitute with water or milk.

Cupcake recipe adapted from The Food Network. Frosting recipe adapted from Sweetapolita.

http://www.completelydelicious.com/2013/05/strawberries-and-champagne-cupcakes.html

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35 Responses to Strawberries and Champagne Cupcakes

  1. Happy blogiversary to you!! These look like the perfect way to celebrate!

  2. Sues says:

    Perfection!! And happy 5 year blogiversary! Such an accomplishment :)

  3. Happy blogiversary! you have done so much in 5 years, i hope you continue to bring us such deliciousness.

  4. Congratulations, Annalise! You have such a beautiful space here, and you should be truly proud of what you’ve accomplished with your blog.

    These cupcakes are being bookmarked. They are the perfect summertime dessert!

  5. Congrats Annalise!! These look amazing!

  6. Mercedes says:

    That frosting is so gorgeous! I just made a champagne cake for the first time about a month ago and loved it!

  7. Julie says:

    Wow that first picture is stunning. I’m so very proud of you. Here’s to the next five and maybe, just maybe, we can celebrate on the Amalfi coast !!!

  8. Deborah says:

    Happy 5 years, Annalise! I’m so glad that blogging introduced me to you and that I can call you my friend. And what a great way to celebrate!

  9. Nancy Wirkkala says:

    I am not much of a baker, but seeing your beautiful pictures makes me want to be!!

  10. nessa says:

    Happy blogiversary! Cupcakes look to die for!

  11. fatty says:

    FELICIDADES. SE VEN DELICIOSOS!!!

  12. Erin R. says:

    Cheers! Well done, Annalise. I can’t imagine trying to come up with five years worth of recipes and posts, what a lot of work. I have tried out many cooking and baking blogs over the last few years and quit most after a few months as they just didn’t quite suit my taste. But I truly enjoy and look forward to your posts with their gorgeous photos, clever but accessible recipes and engaging writing. I’ll be here for as long as you want to keep posting.

    And these freaking cupcakes are going to the top of my try pile. Thanks!

    • Annalise says:

      Wow, Erin. What a kind comment! It’s readers like you that keep me going when I’m in a rut. So happy to have you along for the ride! xoxo

  13. Joanne says:

    Happy Anniversary, and thank you for all your yummy recipes!

  14. Lauren says:

    I came across your blog just now and was surprised to see that today is your anniversary! Congrats. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Actually I may make these cupcakes for a cookout this weekend….

  15. Irma Stella Sánchez says:

    Congratulations Annalise! ….Muchas felicitaciones!!! It’s really a beautifull job you have, not only you are happy doing it but you have the power of give happiness to others! God bless you and what you do! And many more years of delicious recipes and beautifull pictures to share. Un abrazo!!

  16. Congratulations of 5 years of blogging Annalise :). You’ve a lovely blog and I wish you much more success in the future. I’ve only been blogging for 7 months. Your cupcakes look so pretty!

  17. caroluski says:

    Just lovely and just what I was looking for.
    I’m on this baking cake at 300* kick, can it be done with this recipe?

  18. Lori says:

    Congratulations on your 5-year blog anniversary! Cupcakes and champagne sound like a perfect way to celebrate! And these strawberry cupcakes look amazing. I’ve been on a strawberry dessert kick lately too. Also, love your photos in this post – and how you even captured the smoke in the candles being blown out.

  19. Lillian says:

    Wow what a lovely blog, I love your photos! Those cupcakes look lovely :)

  20. Oh wow, I just stumbled on your blog today but congratulations on 5 years! It’s a pretty big milestone :) And the cupcakes are gorgeous, I’m just compiling a whole lot of strawberry recipes for my to bake list when strawberries will be in season again! Your piping is perfect too!

  21. Anna says:

    Hey girl! I wanted to let you know that I made these for my birthday celebration last week and my guests were OBSESSED with them! I even put a splash of champagne in the frosting for good measure :) It took every ounce of me not to eat them all on my way to the party! Let me know if/where I can send you a pic.

  22. Melina says:

    I love you blog and your photos! I was just browsing around on your site and I really like it, I’m gonna try these soon and your Southern Coconut Cake.
    I included your blog in my blogroll by the way ;)

    • Annalise says:

      Thank you so much for the comment and blogroll love! :) Welcome! And please let me know what you think of my recipes if you get a chance to try any, I love feedback!

  23. Melina says:

    I’ll keep you posted ;) Might make the coconut cake this weekend, or anytime soon!

  24. Stephanie says:

    Happy 5 years to Completely Delicious! I’m looking forward to many many more. ^_^ You’re such an inspiration and I’m so glad to have met you here in Salt Lake!

  25. Donna Kelly says:

    Just “found” you today & Pinned the Strawberry & Champagne cupcakes. I made something similar & used Strawberry Margarita drink mix (non-alcohol) in place of the puree. It worked great. They were Strawberry Margarita cupcakes, I added lime juice & tequila. Ole!!

  26. Hi Annalise! We loved your recipe and shared a link to it in a Wine-infused Dessert round-up on our blog at http://bit.ly/MTX0To. Thank you for inspiring us and our Stella Rosa fans with your creativity! If you’d like to chat more, you can contact us at our PR email provided :)

  27. Ann-Marie says:

    Hi there,
    I would love to make these for my friend’s bridal shower. Can I use butter instead of vegetable oil for the cupcakes?

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