Pink Champagne cupcakes

Pink Champagne cupcakes

The Bakery Boutique, Smithfield, R.I.

This top-selling cupcake starts with a white cake base, with no vanilla added. Then fresh strawberry preserves and Champagne extract are mixed in.

“We were using real Champagne at first, but it wasn’t holding enough of a flavor — it almost tasted like bubblegum to me,” said Deana Cimorelli, who owns the bakery with her husband Ryan Cimorelli.

Instead, she uses an extract that she found online, which she said holds the flavor better.

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