We couldn’t celebrate National Cupcake day, with just normal cupcakes, could we? Of course not, we had to bubbly-ize it! And, it’s official, bubbly makes everything better! Even funfetti cupcakes!
To celebrate National Cupcake Day, we decided to play around with a box cake mix and to bubbly-ize to make these super easy funfetti cupcakes.
While I say bubbly pairs with everything because of its bubbles and natural way to be a palate cleanser, some “experts” would disagree. And since I have never claimed to be an expert, I continue to pair bubbly with everything and use bubbly in cooking. And let me tell you, it has not disappointed yet.
My birthday is in April and happens to be on National Deep Dish Pizza day…which I love by the way. But, what birthday would be complete without dessert?
Since my birthday was during quarantine this year, we had a virtual tasting party to pair bubbly with pizza and cake. (Yes, the person who led this thought my request was crazy, but she did it anyway). You can check out her bubbly pairing recommendations and try them out for yourself.
While I love homemade cupcakes from scratch, sometimes I just need to whip up some easy cupcakes that require very few ingredients. So, off to the grocery store I went and grabbed a box of funfetti cake mix because what better way to make funfetti cupcakes even more fun than bubbly-izng it!
So, here’s what we did to bubbly-ize these cupcakes. It’s so simple, we replaced 1 cup of water with 1 cup of bubbly. That’s it. And since we were making these for National Cupcake Day, it seemed only appropriate to use Cupcake bubbly which is a Prosecco from Cupcake Vineyards.
Now, remember we are no experts here, so my bubbly-ologisit, my 14 year old nephew, and I had a lot of fun when we added the bubbly. And we were a bit unsure how it would turn out based on this part of the recipe.
We continued to blend for the 2 minutes and the batter turned out great. By the way, we followed all of the instructions written on the box, simply replacing water with bubbly.
We suspected they might rise differently than normal cupcakes and we were right, but we loved it. We didn’t fill them all the way to the top, in fact, Matthew used an ice cream scooper to put 2 scoops of batter into each cupcake liner.
If you’re looking for “normal” cupcakes that rise just to the top of the liner, then only fill these half way. If you like our very bubbly, overflowing cupcake, fill them 3/4 of the way.
And we think they’re better than normal cupcakes as they are not as dense as a normal cupcake. They are super light and airy and we, of course, think it’s all thanks to the bubbly!
Yes, we chose Cupcake Prosecco simply for the name to use in this recipe. Cupcake Prosecco was a part of the line-up for our review for National Prosecco Day and it’s a crisp, easy drinking Prosecco.
This Prosecco is very easy to find in your local grocery store or liquor store and like most Prosecco is a great price under $15 and, and of course, pairs well with any celebration….like National Cupcake Day!
We have made a bubbly buttercream frosting before for National Sugar Cookie Day modifying the buttercream frosting recipe from Jenny Cookies. And that was amazing. But we knew for cupcakes we needed to thicken it up a bit, so here’s what we did.
By the way, this recipe will make enough frosting for 36-48 cupcakes.
- 1 Stick of Imperial Margarine
- 1/2 c Vegetable shortening
- 4 1/2 c Powdered sugar
- 1/2 c Bubbly
Blend, on medium speed, margarine and shortening until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the powdered sugar, on a low speed, (about 4 cups). Add in bubbly on a slow speed while adding the bubbly…or you’ll have this mess!
Once the bubbly is all in, continue to blend, increasing speed slowly. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and blend until light and fluffy. (You may need to add another 1/4 cup of powdered sugar if it’s not thick enough.)
To make chocolate frosting, we simply took 1/2 of the recipe and added 3T of cocoa powder and blended well.
TIP: Make the frosting first and put it in the refrigerator while you’re making your bubbly cupcakes. This will help it to firm up just a bit and make it easier to frost later. We did mix it a bit when we took it out of the refrigerator just to make it “fluffy” again.
Now that you have your bubbly frosting and super easy funfetti cupcakes you’ll be ready to frost them once the cupcakes are cool. You can use a piping bag or simply an icing spatula to lather up these funfetti cupcakes with this delicious bubbly frosting. We clearly took the easy way out with the icing spatula!
Bubbly Baking Supplies
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By the way, the Bubbly Side of Life Amazon shop has all sorts of bubbly supplies for any occasion. Take a look around, do some shopping.
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We have done quite a few pairings and it’s one of my favorite ways to host a party. Check out the Pairings under the Bubbly Celebrations menu on the blog and tell us your favorite! Or if you have an idea for one, share that with us as well!