Sweet, sweet New Year

The best way to ring in the new year is with a delicious glass of bubbly champagne. But if you don’t like to drink it, or even if you DO, this is a great alternative and extra venue for that celebratory beverage. I first found the recipe here at Sprinkle Bakes. I won’t lie, I was very¬†intimidated by all the steps. I’ve never made my own frosting and I’ve definitely never injected custard into cupcakes before. But with it being the new year and all, I decided to be adventurous. I started with a bottle of the best:

Andre holds a special place in my heart with many fond memories from college and beyond, so that fact plus the pink color made me even more optimistic about the whole project.

To combat the overwhelming directions, I just took it one step at a time, setting up my laptop in the kitchen. I can’t wait for the day that I have tons of fabulous recipes memorized and can execute them at the drop of a hat. There is a certain pattern when making cupcakes. Dry ingredients, wet ingredients. Sometimes you fold them in, sometimes you alternate wet and dry ingredients. All of this seems to change the texture and consistency – all things I’m sure I will pick up eventually. I had never mixed sour cream and champagne before, so that step was particularly interesting.

Normally, filling the cupcake papers is my least favorite part of cupcake making, but with my mom’s help, it went by MUCH more quickly. I’m thinking of recruiting her full time.

After popping them into the oven, we got to work on the filling and frosting.

With boiling, eggs, egg yolks, etc. it was hectic! Luckily we remembered to take the cupcakes out of the oven just in time.

We cut “divots” in the top of the little guys and filled them with the pastry mixture (there was champagne in everything!)

I let my mom head up the frosting operation, because she is a seasoned pro. Perhaps I should have been more concerned to see the remnants of the champagne in her glass next to you while she mixed?

The frosting turned out delightfully frothy and pink.

After selecting a couple of toppings from my mom’s ample sprinkle collection, these babies were shiny and ready for consumption.

The end result had great reviews – my dad ate two right after dinner! I wonder a bit how much the kind of champagne you use affects the end product? Guess I have no choice to but to experiment a bit more and find out! These would be great for a certain special someone’s bridal shower?

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