Bonus Post: Champagne Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Filling

I woke up at 5:15 this morning, too excited to sleep. Today, the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of summer on the Jersey Shore, is my favorite day of the year.

When Labor Day passes and beach season ends, I wait all year for summer to come around again. I keep shells, sand from our beach, and a picture of sunset on Barnegat Bay on my desk at work, dreaming of the return of my favorite season.

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I love the sun and warm weather, the sand in my toes and ocean air on my face, seasonal foods, and the connection it brings to my family. No matter where we are or what we’re doing all year long, we reconnect at the shore each summer weekend. Today begins those weekly drives to Long Beach Island, which you might recall from my very first Suitcases & Sweets post is a very special place for me. This year, it feels even more special after a long and destructive offseason.

When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey last fall, LBI took a hard hit with parts of the island devastated by massive flooding and high winds. While family and friends banded together to share power, water, gas, and food in the northern part of New Jersey, I rode out the storm in Los Angeles, obsessively checking my Twitter feed for news on our beloved island.

It would be close to a month before we were allowed back onto LBI to survey the damage. We were luckier than many and since my parents were already rebuilding our house,

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we were able to incorporate storm cleanup with the work already being done. The new house

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is  gorgeous and will be filled with love and cherished by our family for years to come.

This weekend marks the official opening of our new house, along with the reopening of many businesses on the island community. There’s still work to be done on LBI but, as they say around here, we’re stronger than the storm.

So today we’re celebrating hope, resilience, summer and, the most important thing of all, family with Champagne Cupcakes!

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Click Here to Print This Recipe.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup champagne
  • 1/2 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup champagne
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped strawberries

For the Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons champagne

Instructions:

    For the Cupcakes

    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with liners.
    • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
    • In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and champagne; set aside.
    • In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
    • Alternate adding flour and champagne mixture to the large bowl, beginning and ending with flour.

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    • Fill cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full with batter.
    • Bake approximately 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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    For the Filling

    • Combine all ingredients, except strawberries, in a medium bowl and beat with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Stir in strawberries with a spatula.

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    For the Frosting

    • In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and champagne. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes.

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    (Cupcake and frosting recipes from 52kitchenadventures.com; Filling inspired by Food Network’s Strawberry Napoleons with Prosecco Cream.)

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    21 responses

    1. What a way to celebrate the beginning of new season and a gorgeous home to spend your favorite time of year than with Champagne Cupcakes!

    2. The house looks beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in person. Enjoy your first of many weekends making lots of great memories.

    3. Though we’ll miss the old house, we’re excited about the new. And there’s no way better to celebrate than with family and champagne cupcakes. Delicious!

    4. ALYSSA!!! wow the Champagne cupcakes are so delicious!! The icing is so sweet and yummy. My favorite part was having the strawberry treat inside the cupcake. Can’t wait to have another one this weekend!!! :)

    5. I can’t get over the transformation of the house – gorgeous!! And those cupcakes look pretty amazing too (as always)! :) Have a great weekend. Hopefully we’ll see you very soon!

    6. Couldn’t agree with you more about summer, family, and the shore. You really expressed it perfectly. The cupcakes, filling, and icing are also an amazing combination! Glad I was lucky enough to be in on the tasting. :-)

    7. Your “favorite neighbors” (and vice versa) felt privileged to have been invited to an absolutely delicious dinner (prepared by Alyssa) including scrumptious champagne cupcakes. What a way to begin the summer season!

    8. Great pictures of the new and the former. So happy for all of you. Only wish I was there to Taste the cupcakes. Wonderful post brought tears and many good memories. Love u

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