The Real Fashion Week Cupcake

/ Friday, September 17, 2010

What you have here is a sweet treat to put all other party-snacks to shame. The REAL fashion week cupcake is a true indulgence: rich, chocolaty and soaked in champagne. The components were inspired by different fashion friends and icons via Twitter. Here is what they came up with:

After compiling these brilliant ideas and enduring two nights of recipe testing, the true cupcake of Fashion Week came to be. Thank you all for contributing!


Andrew and Ms. Goldberg were right, the cake itself could be nothing other than pure dark chocolate hit with a jolt of java. I settled on my go-to dark chocolate cake recipe but spiked it with 4 shots of espresso (to match Ms. Goldberg's favorite fashion week pick-me up). Once the cakes baked and cooled, I topped them off with some chilled bubbly. If you eat the cake right away, the champagne still tingles your nose as you bit into the cake!

If Kate Spade gives you advice you simply must take it to heart! And so the frosting of the Fashion Week Cupcake, the most beloved part of the cake, is dedicated to her and her love of red velvet cake. Cream cheese frosting is always a hit, but to give it the extra special "rich" edge that Ms. Donna Daily suggested, I incorporated champagne into the topping as well. The "champange-and-cream" cheese frosting is still smooth and tangy, with a little brightness from the brut!

Check out the recipe tomorrow morning here on F&F!

And congratulations to Stephanie Turner for winning the designer cupcake liner contest! I'll be in touch to get your prize to you asap :)

Enjoy tout le monde!

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