Champagne Cream Cheese Frosting is a light, creamy, and fluffy addition to any baked good. Spiked with a touch of bubbly bliss, it is simple and elegant.
When I think celebration, I think champagne – don’t you?
I mean, it’s bubbly and just screams fun every time you pour a glass. Personally, I think we all need a little more champagne in our lives, and not just for the big events.
Instead of only having champagne at weddings and holidays, let’s break it out at the end of the week to celebrate! Pour a glass of bubbly to commemorate a fantastic day spent doing nothing. You know, the important things in life that we just don’t celebrate enough.
For the times when you want to put a little extra special touch of celebration on your baked goods, reach for the champagne cream cheese frosting. It is creamy and fluffy with just a touch of champagne flavor. I love the combination of champagne with the cream cheese because it gets a little tart twist! Whip it out for any night, whether the celebration is big OR small and you’ve got a reason to party.
cream cheese – The tangy cream cheese is a delightful main part for this frosting. There’s no particular brand I would recommend here, but definitely go for full fat cream cheese. The low-fat cream cheese won’t taste nearly as good.
unsalted butter – Reach for unsalted butter and not the salted butter for this recipe. The salt will overpower the flavor and you don’t want a salty frosting!
powdered sugar – also known as confectioners’ sugar, this is the sweet component of the frosting. Any brand will do here!
vanilla extract – I always highly recommend using a high-quality vanilla extract for your recipes, including this frosting. My favorite is Nielsen Massey – their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is amazing.
champagne – Pick the champagne you love to drink! You’ll have some leftover so… someone’s gotta drink it, you know?
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For the extra champagne, make sure you have a couple stemless champagne flutes handy!
here’s how to make champagne cream cheese frosting!
beat together cream cheese and butter
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. This takes about 2 to 3 minutes.
Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and champagne. Beat on a slow speed for about 30 seconds, then increase speed to high and beat until creamy and smooth. Use to frost a cake, cupcakes, brownies, or whatever you feel like!
what goes best with champagne frosting?
I think that this champagne cream cheese frosting adds a little extra something to so many baked goods. Obviously it goes with anything red velvet like cake and cupcakes. I also like to use it on vanilla cupcakes or lemon cupcakes for spring celebrations!
what type of champagne should I use in frosting?
When it comes to selecting a champagne for this recipe, you can really use any kind! If you like to drink it, it’ll be great in the frosting (plus you’ll be able to enjoy the leftovers from making the recipe!). Even prosecco is a fantastic choice!
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 oz champagne
- Beat together cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until smooth. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and champagne. Beat on a low speed for about 30 seconds, then increase speed to high. Beat together until smooth and fluffy.
- Frost cake/cupcakes once they are completely cooled.