Champagne is usually reserved for festive occasions like weddings, but it’s a versatile flavor that can bring some zing to an ordinary dessert. These strawberry champagne cupcakes would be equally at home at a wedding celebration or on a lazy summer day!

Makes one dozen.

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup sugar
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup applesauce
¾ cup champagne
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, coconut oil, applesauce, champagne, and vanilla extract.  Gently beat the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until smooth. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 to 3/4 full. Bake for 19-20 minutes.

ICING INGREDIENTS:

¾ cup coconut oil
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
¼ cup champagne
1 cup strawberries, quartered

Beat coconut oil, confectioner’s sugar, and champagne together until smooth and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. Spread on cooled cupcakes. Garnish with strawberries.

 

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