Thursday, January 15, 2015

Weekend Kitchen: Pink Prosecco Cake

When Katrina posted a recipe for Champagne Cake on her blog, Chic Little House, a few weeks ago, I knew it would be the perfect cake to make for my sister's birthday.  She loves pink and champagne and sparkling wine, so I knew she would love this! 
The original recipe is from the book, Booze Cakes, written by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone

Ingredients (for cake):
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup butter (unsalted) at room temperature 
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 6 egg whites
- 2 cups Champagne, Prosecco, or Sparkling Wine of your choice 

- 2-3 drops of red food coloring

Ingredients (for Pink Posecco Frosting):
- 1 cup butter (unsalted) at room temperature
- 8 cups confectioners sugar
- 2 -3 Tablespoons Champagne, Prosecco, or Sparkling Wine of your choice 
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-2 drops of red food coloring.


1.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees (I bake with my oven on convection, so I baked at 325 degrees).

2.  Grease and flour (2) 9" cake pans and set aside.

3.  In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Add butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and beat for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Continue to beat and slowly add in egg whites a small amount at a time, stopping a few times to scrape down the bowl. Add in the vanilla.

4.  Mix in flour mixture and Champagne, alternating between the two, beginning and ending with the flour. Completely mix in the ingredients before adding more.  Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring, or enough to achieve desired color of pink.  Mix thoroughly until food coloring is incorporated into batter.

5.  Pour batter into pans and bake 35 minutes, or until a toothpick when inserted in the center comes out clean.

6.  Remove cakes from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes.  Flip over to remove from pan onto cooling racks.  Do not frost cake until it has cooled thoroughly.

Frosting Directions:

1.  Place butter in mixing bowl and beat for one minute.

2.  Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and beat until smooth.  Add Champagne, milk, vanilla, and continue to beat until smooth.  Add 2-3 drops of food coloring and beat until all of coloring has been incorporated into frosting.

3.  Frost cake and enjoy!

My thoughts on the recipe:
- The original author says to only use a sweet champagne for this.  I have to disagree.  I used a dry Prosecco (we're Italian, come on - I had to use Prosecco!) and the cake tasted delicious. 
- The frosting is EXTREMELY sweet.  I am a frosting person, but this was really, really sweet.  Another reason I think a sweet champagne may have been too much for me in the cake batter.  The frosting has plenty of sweetness for the entire cake!  I only did a light frosting on the sides of the cake and had quite a bit leftover. 



  1. Wow! This sounds delicious and the pennant topper is perfection!

  2. Your pictures look so pretty in pink! Hope your sis had a great birthday!!

  3. Thanks! I hope mine turns out as pretty and sweet!

  4. I hope Kristen had a lovely birthday! Love your pictures, the cake looks amazingly good! I'm not a frosting person and I plan on making a nearly naked chocolate cake over the weekend.

  5. OMGoodness! My friend and neighbor is a HUGE Prosecco fan and she's had a really rough 2015, thus far. I have to make this for her! Thank you, Alissa!


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