Tuesday, January 15, 2013

postheadericon SPIKED! Recipe Challenge: Mimosa Cupcakes

Hi all!  I took a nice, long Christmas (and birthday) blogging break.  It was nice, but I needed to get back into the kitchen.  So I was excited to sign up for the SPIKED! recipe challenge, sponsored by the fine ladies at This Gal Cooks and the Foodie Frugal Mama.

The goal of the challenge was simple (but also really hard).  It was to use champagne in a recipe...and use it well. So I decided to give it a try, so I present...

Mimosa Cupcakes!  We all love mimosas with brunch, why not in a cupcake?  And the best part?  I MADE THIS WITH A BOX CAKE MIX!  I know, right?  Well, I get right to the recipe.  If you have a little left over champagne, use it for these cupcakes, OK?  I think you will love it!  Bill sure did!

Mimosa Cupcakes

One box yellow cake mix (I used Duncan Hines, but just my preference)

Make the mix as directed, but replace the water with ONE AND A HALF that amount of champagne.  So in my case, the mix suggested 1 cup of water, so I replaced this with 1-1/2 cups of champagne.  Still include the eggs and oil, if suggested on the back of the box.  Mix and bake as directed.  

1/2 cup butter
8 ounces cream cheese
2 TBLS freshly squeezed orange juice
1 TBLS orange zest
5-6 cups powdered sugar
gel food coloring to desired color 

Let the butter and cream cheese come to room temperature.  Cream the butter and cream cheese.  Add the orange juice and then slowly add the powered sugar.  Lastly, add the orange zest and gel coloring.  For best results, frost on cooled cupcakes.  

It is that easy, friends!  No one will ever guess this is from a box, I PROMISE!  BTW, I used gel coloring called "peach," but it turned out a little too pink...so I suggest you use the "orange" color instead!  

Make out to check out the sponsors of the challenge and take a look at the other entries!

Sharing this recipe here too:

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Tuesday's Table @ Zentmrs
Mix It Up Monday @ Flour Me With Love
Marvelous Mondays @ This Gal Cooks
Scrumptious Sundays @ Addicted to Recipes
Sugar & Slice Sunday @ Sweet 2 Eat Baking
Back for Seconds Social @ Back for Seconds
The 36th Avenue Party 
Bloom Designs Online Party
Live.Laugh.Linky @ Live.Laugh.Rowe
Foodie Friends Friday Link Party
It's Overflowing
Sweet 2 Eat Baking
Bouquet of Talent @ Life on Lakeshore Drive

Until next time, 


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