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1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix

1 ¼ cups champagne

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 egg whites

4 to 5 drops red food color

 

Champagne Frosting

½ cup butter or margarine, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup champagne

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 to 5 drops red food color

Garnishes

Betty Crocker® pink decorating sugar

Edible pink pearls

 

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. In large bowl, mix dry cake mix and champagne. Add oil, egg whites and food color. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with garnishes. Store loosely covered.

Expert Tips

Champagne is a sparkling wine, and while many expensive champagnes are available, this is one time you might choose less expensive champagne. Have the champagne at room temperature when preparing the cake.

For pink decorator sugar crystals, edible pink pearls and decorative cupcake liners, check out fancyflours.com.

Sprinkle garnishes on cupcakes just before serving to maximize sparkle and keep them from absorbing moisture and melting into frosting.

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