Ok…. Even I was a bit skeptical when I came up with this idea. I had a box of white cake mix… I had James River Cellars Reserve Chardonnay white wine… I had some Pinot Noir red wine… what’s a girl to do? Swap the wine for water!
I weighed out the cake mix to make sure that I actually was able to separate the mix into separate bowls and then went to work. I used the cake mix directions and simply swapped out the water in each half with a different wine. I used exactly the same ingredients for each half of the mix, but I used James River Cellars Reserve Chardonnay white wine for the “white cake” and I used a Pinot Noir red wine for the “red cake” Don’t they look interesting? NOTE: I would absolutely have used James River Cellars Rad Red, if I’d had some in the fridge when inspiration took hold this morning.
Rather than add frosting to these cupcakes, I decided to add sprinkles. I had gold sanding sugar to add to the white/chardonnay cupcakes, but I didn’t have any red sanding sugar on hand, so I used multi-colored tiny sugar balls for the red/pinot noir cupcakes.
I know this is a weird way to use wine, but I just had to try it… nothing lost by trying and everything gained by finding another fun use for wine! I hope you’ll consider trying these out sometime. It’s bizarre, but I think they’re surprisingly tasty. Have fun!
NOTE: I shared these with my co-workers and we all agreed that the Reserve Chardonnay cupcakes were tastier than the Pinot Noir ones… but check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!