National Prosecco Day

Normally you would cheers to the start of the weekend, but as today is National Prosecco Day, I’ve got that raise a glass and cheers kinda feeling…ok, so there is only a few hours left (and perhaps it’s a bit late for a drink) but once you’ve opened the bottle, there will undoubtedly be the remainder to finish off tomorrow evening.

Anyway, when I found out what today was, I decided to bake some prosecco themed treats and so I thought I’d share the recipe with you along with the cocktail recipe for the drink I also made.

Let’s start with the cupcakes. Combining prosecco and strawberries (a winning combination), these alcohol infused cupcakes are perfect for a homemade afternoon tea or a girly pamper party. If you would like to give these cupcakes a try, the recipe is at the end of this post.

Strawberry & Prosecco Cupcakes

The second recipe is for a homemade cocktail that I’ve decided to name Orchard Fizz. After buying a bottle of elderflower vodka at the Gloucester Quays food festival and having a suggested recipe, it was time to give cocktail making a go. To make this drink, just mix half a glass of whatever prosecco you like, 15ml of elderflower vodka, half a glass of apple & pear juice and garnish with fresh mint – perfect!

Orchard Fizz Cocktail

Now the last prosecco related idea I have for you is actually to do with interiors. Yes you heard me right. If your empty prosecco bottle is quite fancy, don’t throw it away, wash it out and pop some fresh flowers in them – just be careful to get flowers with a thin stalk so that they fit.

Prosecco vase

Happy Baking and cheers to National Prosecco Day!

Strawberry & Prosecco Cupcakes, Makes 12

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

160g unsalted butter

160g caster sugar

170g plain flour

2½ teaspoons of baking powder

3 eggs

3 tablespoons of prosecco

For the filling:

4 tablespoons of prosecco

8 tablespoons of strawberry jam

For the icing:

125g unsalted butter

275g icing sugar

4 tablespoons of prosecco

How to…

Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a 12 hole cupcake tray with your chosen cases

Using an electric whisk, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and prosecco

Sift the flour and baking powder on top of the butter and sugar mixture

Add the egg and prosecco and mix until combined

Divide the mixture between the cases and bake in the oven for 18 minutes until golden brown

Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack

Strawberry & Prosecco Cupcakes

To make the filling, mix the jam and prosecco in a bowl

Then with a knife, cut out the middle of your cupcake, fill the hole with the prosecco jam mixture and fill in the hole with the cake middle you just cut (this may need to be trimmed in order to fit in again nicely)

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For the buttercream icing, whisk the butter and icing sugar together until pale and fluffy

Then add the prosecco and whisk until combined

Using a piping nozzle of your choice and a piping bag, pipe a design onto each of your cupcakes

Top each one with half a strawberry or a whole one if it’s quite small

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