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52 Weeks of Baking: Bubbly Pear Cupcakes

I decided that this week would be a great week for cupcakes. I entered my kitchen with visions of fall colors and flavors, but was sidetracked when I saw a bottle of champagne and several pears. Pears and champagne are nice together, so wouldn't they be nicer in a cute sweet cupcake? I started with a variety of vanilla cupcake recipes and experimented from there. I shredded up the pears, and popped open the champagne. About an hour later, I was left with one of the moistest cakes I'd ever eaten. I've baked a lot of things this year, but this is definitely one of my favorites. I topped them with a good dose of cream cheese frosting, but they were great plain too. To check out the recipe for Bubbly Pear Cupcakes,

Bubbly Pear Cupcakes
Cobbled together by YumSugar

For cupcakes:
2 3/4 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 sticks of butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 firm-ish but ripe pears, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup champagne

For frosting:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
2 tbsp champagne (you may want to up this, just make sure it's not runny)

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a small bowl sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In mixer (or large bowl), cream butter and sugar until well mixed and airy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, making sure each one is full incorporated before adding next.
  5. Slowly add in flour mixture - I do it 1/3 at a time - making sure it is fully incorporated.
  6. Stir in vanilla and champagne.
  7. Stir in pears.
  8. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  9. Scoop an even amount of dough into each cup - I filled them to the top. You should have enough for about 24 cupcakes.
  10. Bake for about 16 minutes. I started checking around 12 just to be safe. You want them to be golden in color.
  11. While cupcakes are baking, make frosting. Mix cream cheese and butter together. Add powdered sugar and whip until smooth. You can add more powdered sugar if desired.
  12. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool in tins for 2 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
  13. When cupcakes are completely cooled, top with frosting. Decorate if you have anything. I had planned on using diced candied ginger, but after tasting the cakes, I did not want to distract from the light champagne flavor.

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Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Sweet!! This will be perfect for the surplus of pears my parents have from their little pear tree! I'll bake it fore them this weekend!
Familia-Bencomo Familia-Bencomo 7 years
These were the best cupcakes!!! Perfect for any occasion. Thanks for sharing!
esb37 esb37 8 years
I just made these, and they are fantastic! I made the frosting, but I love the cakes even more without the frosting.
katiemack katiemack 8 years
i finally had the opportunity to make these for a going away party for a friend who loves sweets (he generally eats up to 5 cupcakes in a sitting when i bake). everyone raved about them! it's my new favorite recipe. thanks for sharing!!
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
I've been holding onto this recipe for weeks and I finally made them for a champagne brunch I hosted this morning. They were fabulous. Champagne + cupcakes = two of my very favorite things!!
vanillabeans vanillabeans 8 years
Might use it for my birthday!
juliej juliej 8 years
WOW, I made these last night! They are AMAZING!!! The frosting is great, but they are also great without. A double duty recipe, breakfast muffins and afternoon cupcakes!!! Bravo to Yum!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
These looks delicious!
skinnyforme skinnyforme 8 years
I love to bake, this, I have to try.
Catipa Catipa 8 years
Wow, these sound yummy and very decadent :)
Food Food 8 years
iheartnewyork - there's definitely a slight alcoholic taste to it, sort of like a rum cake at the holidays. however, i don't think kids will get "drunk" off it, but if you're worried, definitely err on the side of caution.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
yuuuuuumy
iheartnewyork iheartnewyork 8 years
can children have these?
geohiker geohiker 8 years
These look so good! I'm not usually a baker, but this looks too good to pass up.
orisugar orisugar 8 years
I am sooo making this!
ANP_NYC ANP_NYC 8 years
A cup of champagne for the batter, a cup of champagne for the baker.... :)
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Oh, how yummy. :)
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
these look tasty, especially the frosting!
mlen mlen 8 years
these sound incredible- i definitely will have to try these
tkoblondee tkoblondee 8 years
OMG These look FANTASTIC!!
lily_xx lily_xx 8 years
Oh my gosh, these look fantastic. I'm going to make them for my next girls' get-together.
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