December 28, 2012

Champagne Mini Cakes

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Here's a nice idea for New Year's Eve celebration: cute mini cakes baked with champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. I got the idea from here but used a different recipe for the cakes, frosting, fruit, and chocolate garnish.

Champagne Mini Cakes
1½ cups cake flour, sifted
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup superfine sugar (measure then blend on medium in a blender)
6 tablespoons buttermilk, room temperature
6 tablespoons champagne
  • Preheat oven to 325° F. 
  • Line mini cupcake cups. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs and vanilla. Pour in sugar slowly while beating. Stir in buttermilk and champagne. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until lump-free; do not over mix for light and tender cakes. Fill cups 2/3 full. 
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing.

To serve in a champagne glass
halved pitted cherries or sliced strawberries
lightly sweetened whipped cream
chocolate sauce
  • Place fruit in a small bowl and add some champagne; let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Peel off paper liners from cakes.
  • Pipe a little whipped cream on the bottom of a champagne glass. Add one cake on top and pipe more cream. Place a few slices of fruit then swirl a little chocolate sauce; add one more layer of cake, cream, fruit, chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Sauce
8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup light corn syrup
  • Place chocolate in a glass or metal bowl. In a small stainless steel saucepan, heat cream and corn syrup to a simmer. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Let cool slightly then transfer into a serving bowl. Refrigerate leftover sauce; rewarm over low heat before using.  


Winnie said...

What a GREAT idea!!
We don't actually celebrate New Year, but it's definitely a wonderful romantic-dessert which I plan to make
Thanks for sharing
Have a Happy New Year

maiylah said...

love the idea! elegantly presented!

thanks so much for sharing and linking over at Food Friday, Ms. Oggi
happy 2013!:)

Peggy G. said...

These are so cute! Perfect way to ring in the New Year =)

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