Cupcake + ALOT of Wine = go figure, it’s pretty good!

About a month a go I was invited to a great networking event hosted by Drexelbrook Catering, Cupcake Gourmet and Frank’s Wine Mart held at The Chestnut Club. At first I thought “Cupcakes and wine- this is a strange combo”. Much to my surprise, the pair were a match made in heaven! With cupcakes on the brain, I had to have this duo for my get together. I designed the dessert menu with five different flavors, paired beautifully with the perfect wine. I whipped out the pink KitchenAid and started baking, two days into the cupcakeapalooza – my kitchen looked as if Betty Crocker exploded everywhere! Viola! Perfectly decorated mini cupcakes placed beautifully on dessert trays and antique plates.

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I first started with the yummy red velvet, my secret (ok not really) to a moist cupcake, I add a box of vanilla pudding. That really makes a difference in the consistency. I topped the cupcake with my own cream cheese frosting, then I added red sugar sprinkles.

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For anyone that has been to one of my dinner parties, I always set the table with chargers, china and crystal. With the amount of guests, its easy to set up and break down.  If you do not have china or crystal, you can set your table up with what you already might have in your cabinet. Stick with a theme, mine was a Marie Antoinette inspired look.  Damask printed napkins pulled through a giant silk rose placed on top of the Wedgwood blue and baroque trim plate. Neatly placed on the gold textured charger. Each setting had a handwritten place card with my guests name.
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Even though this GTG took place in November, I wanted to have flowers that reflected the theme. Pink garden roses and green filler placed in between tall taper candles on crystal holders

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The pictures do not do these pretties justice. There were five different flavors including vanilla, chocolate, carrot cake, red velvet and lemon. Each flavor had a handwritten sign in front of the display. This is a nice touch for your guests to know, what kind are you serving.

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This was a nice time to catch up with friends and enjoy a few cupcakes with wine!

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Wine that worked with the following cupcakes were

Sauvinon Blanc paired with Lemon cupcake w/ lemon frosting
Pinot Grigio paried with Carrot Cake w/cream cheese frosting topped with raisin
Chardonnay paired with Vanilla cupcake w/creamy vanilla frosting and semi glaze
Pinot Noir or Red Velvet paired with Red Velvet w/cream cheese frosting
Cabernet  paired with Chocolate cupcake w/ creamy milk chocolate frosting and semi glaze

Cream Cheese Frosting that will make you go MMMM….

1 stick of unsalted sweetcream butter

2 cups of powder sugar

2 – 3 tbs of milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

In mixer or handheld mixer, whip butter until white and creamy, add milk and vanilla, mix together theroughly, add powder sugar. Mix well until frosty. Place in plastic container and cover until use.

For lemon frosting:

Same recipe as above just add 2 tbs of lemon juice

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese

1 stick of unsalted sweetcream butter

2 cups of powder sugar

2 – 3 tbs of milk

1 tsp of vanilla extract

In mixer or handheld mixer, soften cream cheese until completely smooth,whip butter , add milk and vanilla, mix together theroughly, add powder sugar. Mix well until frosty. Place in plastic container and cover until use.

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