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Are you looking for a New Years Dessert? Try these delicious Champagne Cupcakes for a moist cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting.

New Year's Dessert Champagne Cupcakes - Making Champagne Cupcakes from Scratch for New Years Eve Party

I love trying new recipes for New Year’s Eve. You may have seen this delicious New Years’ Eve drink that I shared on the blog before.  Make sure that you try it this year.

Champagne Cupcakes

This really is the best New Years dessert I have ever tried. They are soft and moist and have a delicate champagne flavor that makes them unique. They’re just the thing you need at your New Year’s Eve party or any other event you host.

Champagne cupcakes for New Years dessert!

No New Year’s Eve experience would be complete without champagne. And, even if you don’t plan on having a glass to toast the New Year, you should definitely try it in this delicious special occasion dessert idea.

So, why add champagne to cupcakes? Well, the flavor is one of the most important reasons. But, it also helps make a cake or cupcakes fluffy and moist. Which is the best texture for a cupcake.

How to make champagne cupcakes

You don’t just pour the champagne into the batter. You will need to make a champagne reduction. That means you will be cooking down 1 1/2 cups of champagne until it is only 3/4 cup. This gives you all the flavor with only half of the liquid. 

After you have made the reduction and allowed it to cool, you will need to make the batter. My recipe uses both oil and butter so it is extra moist while having a delicious buttery flavor. 

After you bake the cupcakes, you will need to set them aside and let them cool completely. Once that’s done, you will make your frosting and pipe it onto the top of the cupcakes which gives them a much fancier look than if you just frost them with a knife.

What type of champagne should I use?

Any type of champagne will work with this recipe. So, my best advice to you is to choose one that you like. Every champagne has a slightly different taste to it, so it’s important that the one you choose is one that you enjoy drinking.

If you want a slightly less sweet option than traditional champagne, you can use Prosecco which is an Italian version with slightly less sugar.

The taste is really slightly reminiscent of a buttery vanilla cupcake with just a hint of champagne. The sugar hides most of the taste especially when you add the buttercream frosting to the top. 

Champagne for champagne cupcakes recipe

Are champagne cupcakes alcoholic?

Most of the alcohol content does bake out of the cupcakes when you bake them. However, there is almost always at least a bit that remains behind. So, yes, you can feel the effects if you eat too many of these cupcakes.

If you want to serve this New Years’ dessert to children, please use white grape juice instead of champagne. You would use the same amount of white grape juice as you would champagne.

Or, you can split the batch and make half and half.

Tools / equipment needed

  • Measuring spoons
  • Large mixing spoon
  • Cooling racks

How far ahead can I make this New Years Dessert?

You can make these Champagne cupcakes two days before you need them. But, make sure that you frost them at the last minute for the best results. If you make the frosting too far ahead, it will not be soft when you want to serve it.

If you do want to make them further than a day or two ahead, you will need to freeze them. Just be aware that the texture might be slightly different. You can freeze the cupcakes (before they are frosted) for up to six months.

New Years dessert, champagne cupcakes with delicious buttercream frosting

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Champagne Cupcakes Recipe

Champagne Cupcakes (makes 12 cupcakes) Prep time 25 min. Bake time 15 min.

Gather your ingredients (find the list and measurements in the recipe card at the end of this post).

Ingredients for new years dessert champagne cupcakes in bowls

Make Champagne Reduction

Pour 1 1/2 cups of champagne or sparkling white grape juice into a medium saucepan.

Cook over a medium-low heat until you have a reduction of 3/4 cup remaining.

Be sure not to boil. Refrigerate until cool.

Make The Cupcake Batter and Bake

Preheat oven to 350° and prepare a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners.

Combine the flour and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.

Flour and sugar dry ingredients for champagne cupcakes

Place butter, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

Butter, sugar, and oil in a clear mixing bowl to make new years cupcakesButter, sugar, and oil beaten together in a bowl

Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each until combined. Add in the vanilla extract with the second egg and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often.

Adding eggs to make new years dessert cupcake batterCreating batter for cupcakes, mixing eggsAdding eggs and vanilla for new years champagne cupcake batterChampagne cupcake batter after mixing in the eggs.
Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Adding dry to wet ingredients to make new years dessert cupcakesDry ingredients mixed into the wet ingredients

Add the milk and champagne reduction and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Adding champagne reduction to cupcake batterChampagne reduction mixed into cupcake batter

Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Be sure not to overmix the batter.

Making champagne cupcakes mixing in final dry ingredientsCompleted champagne cupcake batter for new years dessert

Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

You can make the buttercream frosting while the cupcakes are cooling.

Champagne cupcakes after baking


Buttercream Frosting

Use this recipe to make your own buttercream frosting. If you’d rather a recipe without shortening, use this buttercream frosting recipe.

New Years Dessert Champagne Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Gather your ingredients, find the list and measurements at the end of this post.

Buttercream frosting ingredients in bowls

Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat together the shortening and butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla.

Using the paddle attachment instead of the whisk will help prevent air bubbles.

Butter, shortening, and vanilla ingredients mixing in bowl to make buttercream frostingMixed butter, shortening, and vanilla for buttercream frosting

Gradually add the sugar, beating slowly at first and then beating well on a medium speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl frequently.

Making buttercream frosting, adding sugar

Gradually add milk or water, while beating at a medium speed, until the mix is light and fluffy. 

Mixed buttercream frosting ready to add to the cupcakes

Use a piping tip of your choice, (I used a large open star tip) to ice the cupcakes.

Champagne cupcakes topped with buttercream frosting

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Champagne Cupcakes for New Years dessert

Decorate the champagne cupcakes with New Years dessert toppers!

New Years dessert recipe, champagne cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

New Years Dessert Champagne Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Champagne Cupcakes New Years Dessert

Scrappy Geek
A perfect New Years dessert recipe, these champagne cupcakes are moist, delecate, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Cupcakes

Equipment

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoon
  • Electric stand mixer with paddle
  • Cupcake liners
  • Cooling racks
  • Decorative New Years cupcake toppers

Ingredients
  

Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 cups Champagne Use sparkling white grape juice for a non-alcoholic variation
  • 1-1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons Baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted butter Room temperature
  • 1 cup White sugar
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 count Large eggs Room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Champagne reduction Made with champagne or sparkling white grape juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter (1 stick) Softened, room temperature
  • 1 cup Powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla or lemon extract

Instructions
 

Champagne Cupcakes

  • Pour the champagne or sparkling white grape juice into a medium saucepan. Cook, but do not boil, over a medium-low heat until you have a reduction; about 3/4 cup remaining in the saucepan. Be sure not to boil. Refrigerate until cool
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. and prepare a cupcake pan with 12 cupcake liners
  • Combine the flour and baking powder with a spoon in a medium-sized bowl and set aside
  • Place butter, sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each until combined. Add in the vanilla extract with the second egg and mix. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and mix until combined
  • Add the milk, and champagne reduction, and mix until thoroughly incorporated
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Do not to overmix the batter
  • Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Move to a cooling rack to cool completely

Buttercream Frosting

  • Using an electric mixer with a paddle attachment beat together the shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla.
  • Add sugar gradually, beating slowly at first and then beating well on a medium speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl often
  • Gradually add milk or water, while beating at a medium speed, until the mix is light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla extract
  • Using a piping tip of your choice, (I used a large open star tip) ice the cupcakes and decorate with additional New Years themed toppers if you choose.

Notes

Using the paddle attachment instead of the whisk will help prevent air bubbles when making the frosting.

 

 

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