Creatively Lu's Champagne Countdown Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes 

-Ingredients
2 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cups of unsalted butter (melted)
1/2 cup of sugar*
3 eggs
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup of OJ*
3/4 cups of champagne*
1 teaspoon of grated orange zest*

*I used Sugar in the Raw
*I used Simply Orange-no pulp
*I used Stelinna di Notte Prosecco. It cost $9.99 and comes in a gorgeous bottle.
*Take an orange (with the peel still on), and with a cheese grater, grate the orange until you have 1 teaspoon worth of orange zest

-Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cupcake baking sheet with foil tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour, powder, & salt). Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed, gradually adding in the butter. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Next, add the honey, OJ, and champagne. 
  4. On low speed, beat in the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl until well combined.
  5. Fold in the orange zest.
  6. Pour batter evenly into the cupcake tins. Bake cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Champagne Frosting

-Ingredients
6 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 cup of unsalted butter (melted)
3 Tablespoons of Champagne
6 Tablespoons of Orange Juice
1 Tablespoons of Orange Zest*
*Take an orange (with the peel still on), and with a cheese grater, grate the orange until you have 3 tablespoons worth of orange zest.

-Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whip together all of the ingredients at medium speed. 

Countdown Clock Cupcake Arrangement
-Ingredients
Champagne Cupcakes
Champagne Frosting
Gold Foil Cupcake Tins
Gel Icing
2 Twizzlers*
*For the clock-hands, you can also use pretzel rods, pieces of cardboard or whatever you have lying around in the house.

-Directions
  1. Once the cupcakes have cooled, spread frosting onto the cupcakes. 
  2. Write the numbers 1-12 (or use Roman numerals) with gel icing.
  3. On a large serving platter, align the cupcakes like a clock. 
  4. For the clock-hands, take a Twizzler and cut it in half for the small clock-hand and place in the middle of the plate. Take another Twizzler and place over the small one as the large clock-hand. 
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