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New Years Eve Champagne Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes: A Toast to Sweet Celebrations

Imagine a dessert that captures the essence of celebration – Champagne Cupcakes are just that! Combining the elegance of champagne with the sweetness of a cupcake, this recipe transforms a simple vanilla cake mix into a sophisticated treat, perfect for any special occasion.

Topped with a rich champagne buttercream frosting and a sprinkle of gold, these cupcakes are not just delicious but also a feast for the eyes.


Q: Can I use any kind of champagne? A: Absolutely! While sweet champagne is recommended for a more intense champagne flavor, feel free to use your favorite kind, be it dry champagne or even sparkling wine.

Q: How can I make these cupcakes non-alcoholic? A: You can substitute the champagne with a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or even sparkling cider to keep the festive feel without the alcohol.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a kitchen scale for precise measurements, especially for the dry ingredients like cake flour and powdered sugar.
  • For moist cupcakes, don’t overmix the batter. Mix just until the ingredients are combined.
  • To intensify the champagne flavor, reduce the champagne in a small saucepan over medium-high heat before adding it to the frosting.


  • Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes: Add a small amount of strawberry puree to the cupcake batter and frosting for a fruity twist.
  • Mini Cupcakes: Perfect for parties, adjust the baking time accordingly.
  • Layer Cake: Double the recipe and bake in round pans to create a stunning champagne layer cake.

Where to Serve

These cupcakes are ideal for bridal showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, New Year’s Eve parties, or even a romantic Valentine’s Day treat. They’re also a great choice for any event where you want to add a touch of elegance.


Store the cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. The frosting should be kept in the fridge if made in advance.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Frosting Too Runny: Ensure the butter is at room temperature, not melted. If the frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Cupcakes Too Dense: Avoid overmixing the batter and ensure your leavening agents in the cake mix are not expired.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Let kids help with measuring and pouring ingredients.
  • They’ll love adding the gold sprinkles on top.
  • Use this as an opportunity to teach them about careful measuring and following a recipe.

Topping Options

  • Gold Sprinkles: For a touch of luxury and celebration.
  • White Chocolate Shavings: Adds a sweet, creamy texture.
  • Lemon Zest: For a citrusy twist that complements the champagne flavor.

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is a perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. Using a box of white cake mix as the base makes it accessible for anyone, regardless of baking experience. The addition of champagne not only infuses the cupcakes with a unique, sophisticated flavor but also ensures they remain light and fluffy. The champagne buttercream frosting, with its creamy texture and subtle champagne undertones, perfectly complements the cupcake, making it a delightful treat for any celebration.

Whether you’re ringing in the new year, celebrating a milestone, or just in the mood for something special, these Champagne Cupcakes are sure to add a sparkle to your occasion. So, preheat your oven, line your cupcake pan with paper liners, and get ready to bake a batch of these beautiful cupcakes that promise to be the highlight of your event!

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NYE Champagne Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

NYE Champagne Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Celebrate in style with Champagne Cupcakes, a perfect blend of light, fluffy vanilla cake infused with the elegance of champagne, topped with a creamy champagne buttercream frosting. These golden-sprinkled delights are the ideal treat for special occasions, adding a touch of sophistication and joy to any celebration.


  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 cup champagne
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting Ingredients:
  • ⅓ cup champagne*
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP half n half**
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • Additional Items:
  • Gold sprinkles for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add cupcake liners to cupcake pans and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, champagne, eggs and oil. Mix on medium speed until fully combined. 
  3. Add 3 Tbsp of cake mixture to each liner. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack and allow to come to room temperature. 
  5. While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting by adding butter to a large mixing bowl. Mix on medium-high speed for 1 minute. 
  6. Slowly add in powdered sugar and champagne. Continue to mix on low speed until fully combined. 
  7. Pause to taste frosting and scrape the sides of the bowl. For a creamier frosting, add the half n half. For a stronger champagne flavor, omit the half and half and add in additional champagne. Salt to taste.
  8. Once cupcakes have cooled, decorate cupcakes with frosting/sprinkles and enjoy!


*If you want a stronger champagne flavor, omit the half n half and add additional champagne.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 268Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 45mgSodium 190mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 0gSugar 25gProtein 2g

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