Originally, I was thinking about starting a blog all about cupcakes and eventually adding more topics or a whole new blog. Eventually, with the help of my other half, I came to the decision to not limit myself from the start with some sort of specific cupcake theme. However, when I was planning my first couple of posts, I just kept going back to cupcakes! And why not? They’re delicious little things and they’re what inspired me to start blogging at all, along with the help of my friend Glory (you can check out her YouTube channel here). Anyways, the first recipe I wanted to do was a raspberry and vanilla swirled cupcake. When I thought about what kind of frosting I would use, I settled on champagne. It was perfect, raspberries and champagne go so well together and this whole deal is a cause for celebration! I mean, it’s the beginning of my first blog! What better way to christen it, then with champagne!? Off to the store I went!
First, I found the perfect little bottle of champagne, just the size I wanted! I had to go to work that afternoon and didn’t think it wise to finish a normal size bottle prior. I would only be using about 3-4 tablespoons for the frosting and I didn’t want to waste the rest. Next, I went hunting for the raspberries, I didn’t see any fresh at the store but had read that frozen would work really well for making a filling. After finding the frozen berries, I saw that raspberries were the most expensive, but strawberries were quite reasonable. My devotion to raspberries quickly faded. Strawberries also go great with champagne, right? Yes, of course they do! I started to feel like I was planning some sort of romantic evening. Maybe I could turn these into multi-purpose cupcakes? I suppose I eventually did, but not in that way. I decorated them with little paper fireworks I made in a green color to show our support for our hockey team, the Dallas Stars playing the first game of the season that same evening, Go STARS! There was also a blue one to give to a co-worker for his birthday, and, of course, the overall theme of celebrating the new blog!
I used a recipe for vanilla cupcakes that I found at FoodNetwork.com, Go-To Vanilla Cupcakes, and added strawberry filling to it. I’ve attached the link to the original recipe but I will go through the whole thing, including how I made the strawberry filling and celebratory champagne frosting down below. Don’t feel like you have anything to celebrate with these cupcakes? Think again! Life is beautiful, it’s one heck of a reason to celebrate everyday, stay positive, inspire creation, and don’t forget to treat yourself!