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Birthday Cake Cupcakes with White Wine Buttercream
Birthday Cupcakes with White Wine Buttercream PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Presenting the birthday cupcakes of our dreams. But hold on a sec—they're way too delicious to enjoy just once a year. When you add tart white wine to sweet frosting, the results are irresistible. Spread a thick layer on a Funfetti cupcake and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

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Makes 12 cupcakes
Start to Finish: 2 hours

Ingredients

Cupcakes

1½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup whole milk

¾ cup rainbow sprinkles

White Wine Buttercream

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

3½ cups powdered sugar

1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract

⅓ cup white wine

Rainbow sprinkles, for finishing

Directions

1. Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup cupcake tin with paper liners.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.

3. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixer and beat until just combined.

5. Add the milk to the mixer and beat until combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined. Fold in the sprinkles.

6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool completely.

7. Make the buttercream: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla.

8. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the white wine in a slow, steady stream. Continue mixing until combined.

9. Top each cupcake with 3 tablespoons of frosting and spread to cover the top. Garnish with rainbow sprinkles.

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