1 ½tablespoonsMartini & Rossi Astior your favorite Asti
2-3 drops food coloring
Sprinkles, dragees, or cupcake picksfor garnish
Preheat 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.
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.