Champagne cake is a soft and tender pound cake with the essence of champagne. It’s perfect for a simple brunch or a special occasion.
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Champagne cake is a great way to celebrate any event. This Champagne Pound Cake recipe is delicious and exactly what’s needed to turn a casual event into something special.
This recipe for Champagne Cake is more of a pound cake, meaning that it’s a little denser than a traditional layer cake.
That makes it perfect for soaking up all that champagne. You’ll get the essence of champagne. It’s not super boozy, just enough for a great celebration.
You’ll love how easy this cake is to make. While I love dressing up some of our desserts, that’s not always the case, such as with this champagne pound cake. It’s delicious simplicity.
Ingredients and variables
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Butter – we use real unsalted butter but a substitute would work too. If you use salted butter cut the salt in the recipe in half.
- Eggs – we use large eggs
- Almond extract – substitute with vanilla or lemon.
- Fresh raspberries
- Champagne – Prosecco or Cava can be substituted.
- Powdered sugar
How to make this Champagne Pound Cake Recipe
One of the things that we love about this Champagne Dessert is that it’s soft, tender, moist, and there are 2 opportunities to infuse it with Champagne!
Tip: We recommend mixing this cake and the glaze by hand versus an electric mixer. You don’t want to over-mix this cake or it will get tough.
Does the Alcohol Bake off?
The alcohol does not totally bake out. A percentage does and it’s dependent on how long it cooks. According to the USDA it takes 2 1/2 hours to cook all of the alcohol out of food.
For this reason, this cake shouldn’t be consumed by anyone that shouldn’t consume alcohol.
Mix up the Champagne Cake
- Combine the dry ingredients – Flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate bowl add the melted and cooled butter, sugar, and buttermilk. Cream these ingredients together. Add eggs one at a time blending after each addition.
- Add the champagne and almond extract and blend until combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and pour into a prepared pan.
Champagne Cake Glaze
Whisk the powdered sugar, almond extract, and Champagne together until smooth. Add a little more champagne if the glaze is too thick or add powdered sugar if the glaze is too thin.
The consistency should allow a thick pour.
Items you may need
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