Monday, February 14, 2011

Popping the Cork

Happy Happy Valentines Day! 

I am loving my life right now and I am loving being single! So today I thought I would share a few things I do love with you. I hope today, whether you are single, dating, engaged or married that you also take some time to spoil yourself on this sweet day of love.  
What do you love today?

happy valentines day
photo © 2009 samantha celera | more info (via: Wylio)

Things I love:
My friends and family
The beach, from Nantucket to Maui and every sandy beach in between.
Getting lost
Coconut Water
My camera
Retro & vintage kitchen stuff
Hot tea & ice tea
Farmer Markets and fruit stands
Little gems, out of the way stores, restaurants and destinations
Grandfather clocks

Pink Champagne Cupcakes
Recipe slightly adapted from Gimme Some Oven

Pink Champagne Cupcake Ingredients:

Recipe yields 20-24 cupcakes
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup champagne
6 egg whites

Sweet Champagne Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
3 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 tablespoons champagne, at room temperature

To Make The Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350˚F  Prepare a cupcake pan with liners.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until very light and fluffy. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together, and then blend into creamed mixture alternately with champagne.
In another large clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into batter to lighten it, then fold in remaining egg whites.  Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full. I used a ice cream scoop.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

To Make The Frosting:
With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended, and then on medium for another two minutes.  Add vanilla and champagne, beating on medium for another minute.
(I had to make another 1/2 batch of buttercream to finish off the cupcakes. I had nothing left)

I took these cupcakes to work. Everyone loved them and I ate 2 whole cupcakes. LOL there goes WW for the week!


  1. Today I'm loving a cold glass of Pepsi and my Valentine chocolates!!

    Following you back Kate . . . on GFC and Twitter . . . thanks for following my blog :)

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day and a beautiful today . . . Gina

  2. Ingredients include champagne, this must be tried! Thanks so much for posting the recipe.


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