Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cheers! Pink Champagne Cake for Mother's Day

Traditional flavored cakes might work for most occasions but why not celebrate Mom's special day with a rosy hued confection featuring something a bit more spirited. Bubbly pink champagne, creamy frosting and sweet light cake all come together to create this heavenly old fashioned treat.


There is much controversy in the culinary world over what constitutes an authentic Pink Champagne cake and dozens of recipes online. I found this easy semi-scratch recipe using a cake mix base for those of us with less advanced baking skills: 

image from Graphics Fairy

 I feel less guilty using an all natural cake mix despite adding food coloring
A note to purists, I subbed budget friendly pink sparkling wine for the champagne


 In the spirit of recycling I borrowed some leftover pink hued doves, (dyed in food coloring)
pink damask paper and gold letters used in my Love is in the Air Valentine Post 
Since my Mother loves birds these worked well and were perfect with the color scheme, but butterflies or flowers would be nice accents as well.

Add some sparkle with sugar pink pearls and white sprinkles
and a "Mum" ribbon banner on bamboo skewers
Simple and quick for those with limited confectionery skills


 Simple swirls of frosting


Serve with Tea in an elegant (yard sale) cup

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while,

 but their hearts forever. 

 ~Author Unknown


PennyWise Tips

Think Pink: Accent your table with pink flowers, ribbons, a vintage birdcage and of course a bottle of bubbly. This is a fun cake for milestone birthdays and other celebrations too

You might want to include a non-alcoholic dessert for any younger guests or those avoiding alcohol. 

This is also a wonderful day to celebrate any woman (teacher, coach, mentor, friend) who has been like a Mother or a "Mom in spirit" to you.

check out this weeks fun Linky Parties our you're invited page







43 comments:

  1. Good morning. I could not locate your email address. Just wanted you to know... Today you are featured on my weekly Welcome Wagon Friday post. You should be receiving visitors shortly. Welcome to our neighborhood!
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda!
      I'm delighted to be featured- love your linky parties!

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  2. This is darling! I'm your newest follower. You can find me decorating, painting and baking on HickoryTrail

    Angela

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    1. Thanks Angela!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and delighted you'll be following-
      I'll pop over and visit your site- you had me at painting and baking! :)

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  3. The cake looks and sounds delicious! I love the idea of an all pink Mother's Day celebration. Am visiting from Cozy Little House.

    Happy Mother's Day.

    Judy

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Judy!
      I always wanted to try pink a champagne cake and figured it would be fun and feminine for Mothers day!
      just love the parties at Cozy Little House!
      Cheers!

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  4. What a beautiful post for Mother's Day!! Very Yummy looking!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments Debbie,
      So glad you stopped by!
      Cheers!

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  5. A great and unique way to honor mothers. Not familiar with that cake, but certainly looks tasty.

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    1. Thanks so much,
      This was the first time I tried Pink Champagne cake-
      I read somewhere that it was popular in the 50's then sort of disappeared-
      You definitely taste the champagne hahah
      Cheers!

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  6. Inventive, thrifty, vintage a fun! Very inspiring. And now I am off to find those white doves I bought after-Christmas clearance and rummage up some food color. Always a joy to find you at Beverly's Pink Saturday.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan,
      The food coloring was trial and error-but is so easy to do-
      I had tried fabric paint and that was a fiasco - hahah
      good luck finding your doves :)
      So glad you stopped by- just love Pink Saturday parties!

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  7. All the photos were so gorgeous of bloggers pretties. Everybody has such talent putting together all their pretties. Gives me more inspiration to dig out some of my pretties to display. Don't have teapots and tea cups but will try to find something that will work nicely. Don't have an eating table to stage so will give my coffee table some embellishment. Happy Mother's Day to all.

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    1. Thanks for visiting-
      So glad you liked the post
      Most of my tea cups are yard sale or thrift sale finds and I use my coffee table all the time for staging :)
      Cheers!

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  8. Your photographs are stunning. I love the pink and champagne cake sounds fabulous. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks so much Marty-
      I wanted to try to bake something different this year :)
      So glad you stopped by!
      Cheers!

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  9. P. S. Thanks for following me, I am your newest follower also. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thanks so much Marty!
      So glad you enjoyed the post and delighted you'll be following!
      Your site is so charming, so happy to have stumbled on it
      Cheers

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  10. Happy Mother's Day and PS!

    pretty post :))

    http://www.kayellen.typepad.com

    Kay Ellen

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  11. Christina, I will be featuring a link to this post as one of my Link Party favorites next week. Please let me know if you have an objection.

    PS - Family is loving the idea of Pink Champagne cake. I bought the Champers to make it but some how we ended up drinking it...

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    1. LOL
      I'd be thrilled to be featured!
      Cheers!

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  12. Thank you for sharing your champagne cake on Vintage View Sunday! So pretty and pink, and delicious, I bet. I had never heard of this cake and can't wait to try making one!
    Laura from sundayview.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much,
      I thought I'd try something different this year :)

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    2. PS - Just love Vintage view Sunday!

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  13. Christina, Love how you decorated the cake. The birds and the Mum sign is just darling. Looks so luscious. I'm not an alcohol drinker, but would give this a whirl! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks so much Jann,
      I was wondering too, if it could be made with non-alchoholic bubbly for my friends who don't drink-will have the do some research haha
      Thanks for visiting and hosting SYC!

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  14. Oh, how lovely! I never considered a pink champagne cake, what a wonderful thought.

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    1. Thanks Rhissanna,
      I figured something different might be fun!
      Cheers!

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  15. Christina, I am featuring your lovely cake on Share Your Cup later today. Just wanted to mention that when I click on SYC's link it takes me to Beverly's How Sweet the Sound. Wondering if you could remedy that?
    Thanks and hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I'm so delighted Jann-!
      I think all the kinks are out of the system-I never caught that!
      Cheers!

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  16. Christina, Congrats! You'll be featured at Simple & Sweet Fridays for this delicious Champagne Cake recipe! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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    1. Thanks Jody and Stan!
      I'm so thrilled to be featured!
      Your posts and parties at Rooted in Thyme are delightful!
      Cheers!

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  17. Beautiful cake! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank Sherry!
      and thanks so much for hosting!
      You always have wonderful parties!

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  18. Well I've never heard of champagne cake before, but I'm keen to try it after reading this post Christina. Your cake was beautifully decorated too.
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm featuring your cake today.

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    1. Thanks Kerryanne!
      I'm delighted!
      Love Shabbilicious Friday!

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  19. This is wonderful. I love the banner and anything with Champagne...well...I am on board!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen
      yes anything with champagne catches my attention-haha
      The banner was so simple to make!
      Cheers!

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    1. Thanks- I wanted to try something a bit different :) I might try it again as that was my first attempt and came out a little flat but love the flavor!

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  21. Thank you for the ideas that bring back thoughts of Victorian and Edwardian times. I like to recreate tea time to be like it was before life became so busy. It is always wonderful to take time for afternoon tea, no matter where you are, or what you are doing.

    Crystal Cabot

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    1. Thanks so much Crystal!
      I agree 100% - it's so nice to slow down sometimes in this busy world- I hope you pop back and visit Pennywise again soon- (My next post is going to be a Jane Austen tea Party)

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Love to hear your comments and suggestions!