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Sweet Spot #4: Mimosas & Moms

What’s your favorite part about Mother’s Day, besides mom? Mine is the Sunday Brunch! And the best part of brunch, the mimosas! I always rack my brain, trying to think of the best and most original Mother’s Day gifts. (Hello! #1 MOM mugs are so boring! …. plus her old one hasn’t worn out yet :/ ) So I thought that this year I would bake something awesome and very fitting to the occasion.

Meet the Mimosa Cupcake! This beauty is made with real orange and real champagne. She’s a little piece of heaven, I tell ya! If you’re looking for a from-the-heart present that won’t break the bank, then try out this recipe below:

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Mimosa Cupcake Recipe

3 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp frozen orange concentrate
3 eggs
3/4 cup plain yogurt

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and powder and set aside. In a medium sized bowl, cream the butter until smooth then add the sugar and continue creaming together. Once the butter and sugar are creamed add in the orange juice concentrate. Mix in one egg at a time. Add in flour mixture 1/3 at a time. When flour is thoroughly mixed, mix in the yogurt. Batter will be slightly lumpy, but should be smooth kind of like pancake batter. Divide the batter evenly into lined cupcake tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Champagne Syrup

2 cups champagne
1 cup powdered sugar

Bring the champagne and powdered sugar to a boil and let them reduce about half way. Don’t expect it to get thick. It will still be very liquidy when you are done. Poke holes in the cupcakes and drizzle in the syrup. Let it absorb into the cupcake and add more. Keep adding to taste.

Champagne FrostingThe problem with champagne frosting is that you have to add way too much champagne in order to get a strong champagne flavor. This ends up making your frosting runny. A good alternative is champagne flavor from LorAnn Gourmet. Warning: it is extremely concentrated and just a few drops would smell / taste completely different.

1 cup chilled whipping cream
8 oz mascarpone
2 to 3 cups confectioner’s sugar (depending upon how thick you prefer frosting)
8 drops of champagne flavor (use an eye dropper)

Whip up whipping cream in mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Fold in mascarpone. Then, while mixing over low speed, slowly add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time, being careful not to over whip frosting. Mix in the champagne flavor. Garnish: add a little orange zest to the center for a bit of zing.

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