Champagne cake on a cake stand by Champagne and Sugarplums
Christmas,  New Year

New Year’s Celebration Champagne Cake

Champagne cake is a great dessert for any celebration – but its especially good for New Years Eve. There is just something about champagne that screams celebration! (We think maybe the bubbles…) It pairs best with a buttercream icing and we’ve included an adapted version of our almond buttercream which is perfect with this cake.

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Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand on a wood background by Champagne and Sugarplums

It being the end of 2020, you’ll probably be celebrating at home this year with limited or even no guests, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do something special to say goodbye this dumpster fire of a year! And since welcoming 2021 should be as easy as possible, we made this cake with boxed cake mix – don’t worry though – no one will ever guess.

Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand by Champagne and Sugarplums

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What You’ll Need:
  • Box of vanilla cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Champagne
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vegetable shortening
  • More champagne
  • An electric mixer
  • Two 6 or 8 inch baking pans

New Year’s Celebration Champagne Cake

Cake ingredients on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Preheat the oven to 350 and then grease the two cake pans. We used two 6 inch pans for our cake – two 8 inch pans will work well here as well.

Cake batter in a mixing bowl on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Place cake mix, eggs and then champagne into a mixing bowl and mix for 1-2 minutes until combined.

Cake batter in two small cake pans on a white background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Bake for 20-30 minutes (follow the recommended timings on the cake box for the size of pan you are using).

Powdered sugar in a metal bowl and shortening on a white plate by Champagne and Sugarplums

Beat together the sugar and shortening until combined and smooth.

Adding champagne to icing in a stand mixer by Champagne and Sugarplums

Add the champagne, a bit at a time, until the proper consistency is reached (thin for icing the cake and medium for piping the decorations).

A single layer of cake on a decorative cake stand by Champagne and Sugarplums

Use a long knife to cut the tops off of the baked cakes.

Icing a cake with white icing by Champagne and Sugarplums

Add a layer of icing on top of one cake and then place the second cake on top of the icing.

Icing a cake with white icing by Champagne and Sugarplums

Ice the cake by covering the entire cake in a thin layer of icing (the crumb layer), and then follow this with a second layer of icing until smooth.

Icing a cake with white icing by Champagne and Sugarplums

Decorate the cake with varying sizes of rosettes and stars, glitter sprinkles, and silver balls.

Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand with champagne flutes and garland by Champagne and Sugarplums

Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand with champagne flutes and garland by Champagne and Sugarplums
Champagne Cake sliced on a wood background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand in front of a wood background by Champagne and Sugarplums
Champagne Cake sliced on a decorative stand in front of a wood background by Champagne and Sugarplums

Champagne Cake sliced on white pate with a decorative stand  with champagne flutes and garland by Champagne and Sugarplums
Champagne cake on a cake stand by Champagne and Sugarplums

New Years Celebration Champagne Cake

Champagne cake is a great dessert for any celebration – but its especially good for New Years Eve. There is just something about champagne that screams celebration! It pairs best with a buttercream icing and we've included an adapted version of our almond buttercream which is perfect with this cake.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Icing and Decorating Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Slices
Calories 351 kcal

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Two 6 or 8 inch baking pans
  • Icing spatula
  • Icing bag and tips

Ingredients
  

Champagne Cake

  • 1 box Vanilla cake mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup Champagne

Buttercream Icing

  • 4 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup Champagne

Instructions
 

Champagne Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350
  • Grease the two cake pans
  • Place cake mix, eggs and champagne into a mixing bowl and mix for 1-2 minutes until combined
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes (follow the recommended timings on the cake box for the size of pan you are using)

Buttercream Icing

  • Beat together the sugar and shortening until combined and smooth
  • Add the champagne, a bit at a time, until the proper consistency is reached (thin for icing the cake and medium for decorating)
Keyword cake, champagne, dessert, icing, new years
Champagne Cake sliced on white pate with a decorative stand  with champagne flutes and garland by Champagne and Sugarplums

Champagne Cake on a decorative stand  with champagne flutes and garland by Champagne and Sugarplums

We hope you loved this Champagne Cake recipe! If you need some more New Year party inspirations, check out our Countdown Clock, Shooting Star Kids Craft, and our Pink Whitney Champagne Cocktail.

Happy New Year from Champagne and Sugarplums