Week 42-Valentine's Day: Kir Royale Cupcakes with Champagne Cassis Frosting

Some of you know how much I LOVE Kir Royales...it's made with champagne and cassis which turns the champagne a really cool dark red...so with that lovely treat in mind, I set out to duplicate it in this week's cupcake...in honor of Valentine's Day. And, lucky for me, Julie Hasson has the recipe for a Cassis Cupcake in her book, 125 Best Cupcake Recipes, and I did add a bit little champagne to it. The cupcakes turned out perfectly! The texture is so nice...crispy on the top and firm on the inside....

Then, I searched for a champagne and cassis frostiing but couldn't find one...so I invented it: Champagne and Cassis Fluff Frosting....I found one plain Fluff recipe that I thought would work and added my extra ingredients and it tastes soooo good! (I'm getting brave, aren't I?) I had the best time decorating these guys. Once again, little personalities began to emerge (like with the Halloween cupcakes)...but this time I didn't get into the ghoulish routine...it is, after all, Valentine's Day! The are more photos of these cupcakes on my flickr account here. Hope you have a great Valentine's Day. Enjoy a Kir Royale on me!

Download the recipe here


  1. Anonymous9:49 PM

    So pretty and delectable looking. I've never had that festive beverage of which you speak, but it sure sounds tasty.

  2. Anonymous4:07 AM

    I am sugar high by just looking at it!! Yummy!!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous9:29 AM

    They look sooo good!

  4. Anonymous12:13 PM

    Only because I love my son did I share my Valentines Day cupcake. Hmmm, tasty...

  5. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Those teeth sure are white in your new photo! What a winning smile.Must be the cupcakes.

  6. Anonymous10:57 AM

    just curious...you have the champagne bolded with an asterisk in the cupcake ingredients. if using it, does it just replace the milk?

  7. No...it's bolded because I added the champagne to the original recipe I was using. It's in addition to the milk!