Pink Asti Cupcakes are a sweet treat that’s perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day, bridal showers, or Mother’s Day! Spiked with Asti sparkling wine, these cupcakes are deliciously hard to resist!
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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.
Since Valentine’s Day is perfect for a good glass of champagne, I figured why not sneak a little into dessert too! These Pink Asti Cupcakes are SO good you guys. The Asti in the cake gives the outside edges a caramelized sugar taste and the frosting is just bursting with Asti flavor enveloped in a luscious buttercream texture. Are you drooling yet? You should be. If you need a showstopping dessert for your next girl’s night, this cupcake moscato d asti is it!
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Pink Asti Cupcakes
- Cupcakes:1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature1 cup sugar1 teaspoon vanilla6 egg whites1/2 cup Martini & Rossi Asti (or your favorite Asti)2-3 drops food coloringButtercream:1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature3 cups powdered sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract1 -2 tablespoons Martini & Rossi Asti (or your favorite Asti)2-3 drops food coloringSprinkles, dragees, or cupcake picks, for garnish
CupcakesPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners in each cup of a muffin tin.In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.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.)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.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.Portion the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.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:In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for a for 1 to 2 minutes until fluffy.Add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the butter. Beat until combined. Repeat two more times, for a total of 3 cups of sugar.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.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.