Yes, I’m aware it’s nearly February, but these are worth the post. For New Year’s Eve, a friend from college decided to throw a costume party where you dress up as your favorite reality star. I chose Kim Kardashian as I got to wear a velour track suit and stuff my butt. I would show pictures, but that’s not what this blog is about. As I’m known as the ‘cupcake baker’ I offered to bring dessert. I knew I wanted to make a champagne cupcake and rattled my brain as to what frosting would go well with it. After a lot of thinking, I settled on a strawberry frosting–basically champagne and strawberries.
Before I get onto the recipe, a little triumph on my part with these babies. A couple weeks before these, I had made a vanilla/chocolate cupcake and they were terrible. I mean, they were edible, but apparently, after four months in the new condo I still suck at using my oven. I know I should be buying an oven thermometer, and it’s on my list, but there are so many other things that catch my fancy that it always gets shoved aside as ‘boring.’ Anyway, the transition from my rental electric oven to a relatively brand new gas oven has been a smidge rough. I finally started just turning recommended temps down by 25 degrees and letting things bake longer. And my patients (of which I have very little!) completely paid off with these babies!