Asti Cupcakes

Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that’s perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day, bridal showers, or Mother’s Day!

Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that's perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, bridal showers, or Mother's Day!

I love champagne!! It’s so bubbly and delightful. It’s my favorite thing at any wedding, apart from the newlyweds. I adore sparkling wine too, like a good Asti or prosecco. So what’s the difference? Only champagne from Champagne, France is champagne. Everything else is sparkling wine. Even if you’re at the store and see “méthode champenoise” on the label, if it’s not french it’s sparkling wine. As much as I like champagne, a good Asti has a special place in my heart too. While I don’t normally gravitate towards sweet wines, Asti has this subtly sweet flavor profile that I adore. My favorite these days is Martini & Rossi.

Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that's perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, bridal showers, or Mother's Day!

Since Valentine’s Day is perfect for a good glass of champagne, I figured why not sneak a little into dessert too! These Asti Cupcakes are SO good you guys. The Asti flavor comes through in every bite, the cake has an almost angel food cake texture with all the egg white, and the Asti flavor enveloped in a luscious buttercream to top is all off is magical. Are you drooling yet? You should be.

Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that's perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, bridal showers, or Mother's Day!

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Asti Cupcakes
 
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Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that's perfect for celebrating Valentine's Day, bridal showers, or Mother's Day!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16 to 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Martini & Rossi Asti
  • 2-3 drops food coloring
Buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 -2 tablespoons Martini & Rossi Asti
  • 2-3 drops food coloring
  • Sprinkles, dragees, or cupcake picks, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in each cup of a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the vanilla and egg whites and mix to combine. (The batter may look a little lumpy and broken at this point, that's okay. It'll all come together as the dry ingredients are added.)
  5. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Add 1/2 of the Asti to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and Asti, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add the food coloring and mix. Add food coloring and mix. Add more food coloring if desired until your preferred shade of pink is achieved.
  7. Portion the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  8. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.
  9. Carefully remove from the oven and allow cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Buttercream:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for a for 1 to 2 minutes until fluffy.
  2. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the butter. Beat until combined. Repeat two more times, for a total of 3 cups of sugar.
  3. Add the salt, vanilla, Asti, and food coloring (add more food coloring if you like to achieve the color you want) to the frosting and beat until combined. If the frosting seems stiff, add 1/2 tablespoon of Asti at a time, mixing after each addition, until your desired consistency is reached. If the frosting isn't stiff enough, add more powdered sugar, a couple tablespoons at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.
  4. Once cupcakes are cooled completely, frost them with the buttercream. Add sprinkles, cupcake picks, or leave your cupcakes just as they are…simple and lovely.
 
 

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