Lately my four-year-old son has been interested in science experiments, which consist of his mixing random kitchen ingredients together into a nasty gloop and watching what happens.
Not that I disapprove of his experimenting but I would rather he make a kitchen mess if we were actually preparing something edible.
I suggested cupcakes but we were running low on milk, so I harkened back to my one-and-only successful baking recipe: pink champagne cake. I didn’t have any champagne but I had a delightful little bottle of sparkling sake my husband had bought for me.
Instead of a whole cake I halved the recipe and we made lovely pink cupcakes. You can too! By using effervescent booze the cupcakes turn out airy and not overly sweet.
Pink sparkling sake cupcakes
Makes about 12 cupcakes
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 1 cup sparkling sake or champagne
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. With a Kitchen Aid mixer, beat the butter and sugar for several minutes till fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Add the egg whites one at a time then mix in the food coloring. Beat for a couple of minutes. Incorporate the flour and sake in alternating batches of three, starting and ending with the flour. This way the champagne won’t curdle (but it’s ok if it does).
Add cupcake liners to a cupcake pan. Pour batter into pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool completely before adding icing. If you’re at a loss for icing, here’s my recipe:
- 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
Whip together the sugar and cream cheese. When fully combined, add the whipping cream and beat till you get stiff peaks. Slice up fresh strawberries for garnish.