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This Champagne Vanilla Bean Layer Cake is perfect to celebrate the holidays or any birthday! #cake #birthday #champagne

Champagne and Vanilla Bean Cake

This Champagne Vanilla Bean Layer Cake is perfect to celebrate the holidays or any birthday! Perfect bakery-like layers of Champagne and Vanilla Bean Cake with a Champagne and Vanilla Bean Buttercream. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 1 6" Three Layer Cake
Author Samantha

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 lrg egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cup champagne or sparkling wine
  • 2 tsp high quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 4-6 tbsp sparkling wine / champagne
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or quality vanilla extract

Assembly:

  • 1 tbsp nonpareils or sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and line 3 x 6" cake pans. Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes. Add egg whites one at a time until well blended. Alternate adding flour, baking powder, and salt with sparking wine. Starting and ending with dry ingredients in 3 separate additions. Divide batter between pans and bake for 23-27 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

  2. Buttercream: Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in vanilla. Add sparking wine 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.

  3. Assembly: level cakes if need be. Top each layer with buttercream and spread evenly. Spread a thick layer of frosting on the sides and top. Scrape to create a smooth and even sides and top. Top cake with rosettes* and nonpareils (sprinkles) if desired. 

Recipe Notes

* Tips on how to make a rosette can be found in this post https://www.mykitchenlove.com/make-ombre-rosette-cake/