champagne cupcakes for new years eve

makes 4 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

1/4  cup vegetable oil
pinch of salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 tablespoons champagne
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
a few drops of almond extract
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of baking soda

For the frosting:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons champagne
candied orange peel for garnish (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350° and line 4 cups in a muffin pan with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, beat together with an electric mixer the oil, salt and sugar.  Beat very well for 1 minute until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, champagne, vanilla, almond extract, and orange zest and beat to combine.  Sprinkle on top the flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Beat lightly to combine—do not overmix.  Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and bake for 19-21 minutes, test for doneness at 20 minutes with a toothpick.  Let cupcakes cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together in a medium bowl the butter, powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons champagne.  If you need a little more liquid, add the last tablespoon of champagne.  Frost cupcakes and serve.