Dark Chocolate Champagne Mini Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on February 2, 2012

Nothing says I love you like chocolate. Not diamonds. Not gadgets. Not new cars. It’s chocolate. And only choclate.

That’s not to say I would turn down a new diamond, the latest gadget or a brand new car. Don’t get me wrong. But I won’t really know that your heart is in it unless there’s chocolate.

{Note to Hubs: always include chocolate with gifts. As if you didn’t know that anyway.}

You know what else goes well with Valentine’s Day? Champagne. A little bubbly, if you will. It also goes perfectly with chocolate. Which brings me to my latest creation. I’ve been teasing you with this since early January, and you have all waited patiently. Are you ready?

Now, these dark chocolate cupcakes are good. And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t normally like chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes. Yes, I’m weird, I love chocolate but I’m not a fan of chocolate cake.

They aren’t like your traditional chocolate cake. The champagne doesn’t lend much flavor to the cake itself, but it does create a light and airy cupcake. Thank you tiny, little bubbles.

Dark Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

Where these cupcakes really and truly shine is in the frosting, as all good cupcakes do. The champagne lends this delicate, sweet flavor that kind of explodes in your mouth. It’s not your typical frosting, as it has a slight texture to it from the champagne. But, it’s definitely the perfect compliment to the rich flavor of these moist chocolate cupcakes.

Dark Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

So go ahead, show someone how much you love them with a little chocolate and a little champagne. Who knows, you just may get a little somethin’ something’ in return. Happy {almost} Valentine’s Day.

Dark Chocolate Champagne Mini Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

Dark Chocolate Champagne Mini Cupcakes with Pink Champagne Frosting

Ingredients

    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • Pink Champagne Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
  • 3-1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 7 tablespoons champagne
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Instructions

    Dark Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a mini cupcake pan with liners or spray well with nonstick spray.
  3. Using an electric mixer combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, oil and buttermilk, beating on medium speed until well combined.
  5. Mix in the champagne, beating on low until completely combined.
  6. Using a wooden spoon, stir the boiling water into the batter. The batter will be rather thin.
  7. Fill the prepared cupcake pan about 1/2 full of batter.
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes (18 minutes for full sized cupcakes) or until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Pink Champagne Frosting
  10. Using an electric mixer cream together the sugar and butter.
  11. Beat in the vanilla.
  12. Beat in one tablespoon of champagne at at at time, mixing until combined.
  13. Add the red food coloring and mix until color is even.
  14. Frost using a knife or a pastry bag with your favorite frosting tip.

Notes

If you like your cupcakes heavily frosted, and who doesn't, you could easily double the frosting and pile it high on these rich, moist cupcakes.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @girlichef February 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Oh my gosh, these sound fantastic. I’m loving the champagne frosting!

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2 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment February 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh my – those sound delicious! Pinned. I agree about the chocolate but I have to say I think all gifts should have chocolate and jewelry! (Can’t believe you don’t like chocolate cake!!) Thanks for hosting!

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3 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust February 2, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I love that there is champagne in the cupcakes and frosting! SO yummy. Thanks for hosting. :)

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4 Jocelyn February 3, 2012 at 6:01 am

Now that is a chocolate cupcake…I love how you used champagne in it. Thank you so much for hosting.

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5 Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 3, 2012 at 6:35 am

Alli thanks for hosting. I love the champagne idea, and the frosting looks “icy” and sparkly!! LOVE.

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6 Tina @ Babycakes Blog February 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

What a creative idea, I have never thought to use champagne in cupcakes, but it sounds delicious! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for hosting the link party!

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7 Sarah February 3, 2012 at 11:07 am

These look delicious and pretty. I love the idea of using champagne. These will be on my menu for Valentine’s Day. ;-) Thanks for hosting. ~ Sarah

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8 Miz Helen February 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

These are awesome cupcakes, I just love this combination. Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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9 Eva @ Eva Bakes February 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I made it recently and it was a hit amongst my family and coworkers. I never knew how much fun it would be to bake with champagne! I’ve linked back to you here: http://evabakes.blogspot.com/2013/02/dark-chocolate-champagne-buttermilk.html

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