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Pineapple Champagne Cupcakes

I love baking - sometimes enjoying the process more than the finished project but with these beauties I enjoyed both equally. My love for pineapple, bubbles and dessert all combined to create this delicious dessert. Have you ever had champagne IN your dessert? If not, it's time to start baking with it!

For the following cupcakes, I "doctored up" a box mix of cake because I am here for "semi-homemade". When I say "doctor up" that typically means using butter instead of oil, add an extra egg, 1 package of pudding (match the flavor) and 1-2 tablespoons of sour cream. Is it bad that I really don't measure when "zhooshing" up my box mix. I just make with with love.

Now for this specific flavor, here is what you can add to your box mix (I've used the yellow cake and french vanilla flavors): 1/4 cup of pineapple juice and 1/4 cup champagne.

Let me remind you - I am not a "BAKER" by trade I just truly enjoy baking and had another thought to upgrade the icing as here enters more champagne.

Using powdered sugar (5 cups) and softened butter (1/2 cup) - I whipped the butter until it was creamy and slowly added in 2 cups of sugar...then alternated between champagne (splashes) and more powdered sugar until the texture was smooth.

Used a ziplock bag to pipe icing onto the cooled cupcakes and I knew something was missing. Here enters the garnish question...what to use to give it a little more pizzazz? I didn't want to go the sprinkles route but wanted something with more texture. The idea came to me to use pineapple because of the ingredients but placing the wet fruit on top of my cupcake screamed "mess".

Finally decided to create a candied pineapple slice and create a Pineapple flower as the pretty to the cupcake.

Check out the video below on how to recreate a Pineapple Flower:

Now let's take a closer look on these delicious cupcakes that will be a showstopper at the next baby shower, birthday, bridal shower, backyard dinner party,just because event....

To add more texture and dimension, I would occasionally layer a smaller flower inside the larger one. For the most part they would stick but if you need a little help, a dollop of icing will help combine the two

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