For Champagne cupcakes:
2/3 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
6 egg whites
For kiwi-Champagne filling:
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
5 kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped
2 cups whipped cream
2 tablespoons dry milk powder
1/4 cup Champagne or sparkling wine
For melon vodka frosting:
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 teaspoons melon-infused vodka, such as Van Gogh
A few drops of food coloring (optional)
24 fresh kiwi slices, skin removed, for garnish
- Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking trays with baking cups.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- In a separate medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and salt together. In small batches, add to the creamed sugar bowl the dry ingredients mixture and Champagne alternately.
- In a large, clean bowl, beat egg whites until peaks form.
- Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites. Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 20-22 minutes. Allow to cool.
- Make filling: Fill a small bowl with gelatin; add up to 1/4 cup water in 1 teaspoon increments, mixing well, until thick. Let it sit 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine kiwi, whipped cream, and milk powder in a small bowl. Stir in gelatin; combine. Add Champagne to mixture, stir, and let sit.
- Make frosting: In a standing mixer using the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on low for about 2 minutes, or until it assumes a cream texture.
- With beater on low, slowly add dry milk, then powdered sugar, and finally melon vodka. Add a few drops of food coloring, if desired.
- Turn mixer setting to high and whip for about 3 minutes, until ingredients are fully integrated and frosting has a smooth texture.
- Core and fill cupcakes: Once cupcakes have cooled, use a melon baller or a small spoon to dig into the top of the cupcakes and remove the center of each cupcake. Discard cake center or reserve it for another use.
- Fill the center of each cupcake with kiwi filling.
- Once cupcakes are filled, spread or pipe melon vodka frosting evenly across all cupcakes. Garnish each with a fresh kiwi slice.
Makes 24 cupcakes.
- Desserts, Cupcakes