Mar 18, 2013

Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling

This month’s Sweet Adventure’s Blog Hop theme is cocktail party! I have been wanting to try and make a champagne cupcake lately and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. I used champagne (well, Prosecco – I’m not rich!) in the cupcake batter to produce lovely fluffy and light cupcakes, and reduced champagne mixture in the buttercream for a hint of boozy flavour.

My favourite way to drink champagne is with a strawberry popped into the glass to absorb the delicious champagne and make for a boozy treat at the end. I made my own strawberry filling and left it intentionally quite tart to complement the sweet cupcake.

Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Filling
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Serves: 20

Champagne Cupcakes
  • 240g butter, room temp
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup champagne (or prosecco or sparkling wine)
Strawberry Filling
  • 1 punnet strawberries, finely chopped (around 2 cups)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar (tailor this depending on how sweet your strawberries are)
Champagne Buttercream
  • 1 cup champagne
  • 250g butter, room temp
  • 4 cups icing sugar

Champagne Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 20 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Combine flour, baking soda and baking powder in a separate bowl, set aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the champagne and sour cream.
  5. Add flour and champagne mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Fill cupcake liners about ¾ full with mixture and bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
Strawberry Filling
  1. Finely chop strawberries and place in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add in lemon juice, cornstarch and icing sugar and let bubble over the heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow to cool, if it’s still a bit chunky then squash with a potato masher.
  4. Make a small cross with a sharp knife in the top of each cupcake. Pour strawberry filling into a piping bag with small nozzle attached and pipe cooled strawberries into each cupcake.
Champagne Buttercream
  1. Simmer champagne over medium-high heat in a small saucepan until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Transfer to a small bowl and allow to cool completely.
  2. Place the softened butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth.
  3. Gradually add in 4 cups of sugar until thick and fluffy.
  4. Pour in the reduced 2 tablespoons of champagne and continue mixing for another few minutes.
  5. Taste the icing, if you feel it needs a little more champagne flavour then add in another tablespoon straight from the bottle (no need to reduce it). Mix well afterwards.
  6. Spoon the mixture into an icing bag with a nozzle attached and ice the cupcakes.


  • These are too cute Swah! And how perfect for a cocktail party! :)

    • Thank you Christine! :)

  • It’s official, I’m swooning! Love these, and such sweet pics too :)

    • Aw thanks JJ!!

  • One word: GENIUS.

    • Oh stop it! Thanks Tara :)

  • These look absolutely elegant and delicious. You are one hell of a cupcake maker

    • Thank you! I definitely think cupcakes are my forte.

  • Love the strawberry filling! The cupcakes look gorgeous, I envy your piping skills so much!

    • Thanks Li, practice makes perfect!

  • Ahh the classic strawberries with champagne. Love it! So cute too.

    • A classic combination indeed! Thanks Monica :)

  • Your cupcakes look and sound absolutely gorgeous!

    • Thank you Rosie! :)

  • They look very luvly, especially with this strawberry inside, but … I’m sure they taste great as well.

    • Thank you Chris! :)

  • These cupcakes look so delicious and elegant. I especially love the surprise strawberry filling!

    • Thank you Stephanie! The slightly tart strawberry filling worked really well to set off the sweet cupcake :)

  • Champagne is def my drink of choice so these are perfect for me :) YUM!

    • Champagne and cupcakes are 2 of my favourite things so it made sense for them to go together! :)

  • These are so sweet and innocent looking but they have a secret – love it :) I love surprise centres in cake!

    • I love surprise centres too! Nothing like slicing into a dessert and discovering a delicious secret hidden inside.

  • Gorgeous cupcakes! I can imagine how good they will taste:-)

    • Thank you! They were indeed very tasty :)

  • [...] making the most of alcohol flavourings in my baking which has resulted in some thoroughly delicious Champagne Cupcakes as well as a Guinness Cake with Baileys [...]

  • I may be a bit late to this bandwagon (ok so a year late to be precise), but just wanted to say that these look amazing and I love your blog! I made the ‘lonely girl’ pancakes the other day (sniff sniff) and they were brill so thank you very much. The reason I’m excited about these though is because I’m 18 next week so will be buying champers aplenty ;) These will be first on the list to try out! xoxo

    • You are very welcome and such a sweetheart! Thanks for your kind words :) Enjoy the champagne when you turn 18, woohoo!

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