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Slice of layered pink champagne cake with swiss meringue buttercream on a white plate
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Pink Champagne Cake

This Pink Champagne Cake recipe has a moist, tender crumb, is infused with sparkling champagne and covered with creamy vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. This irresistible layered champagne cake is the ultimate dessert for any celebration!
Course Baking, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Champagne Cake, Pink Champagne Cake
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 549kcal

Ingredients

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons pieces and softened
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

To decorate cake:

  • Sprinkles (I used rose and gold sprinkle mix)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease three 6-inch cake pans (please see notes), line with parchment paper rounds, then grease the parchment paper.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  • Turn the mixer down to medium-high speed and beat in the 5 egg whites one at a time, letting each egg white fully mix into the batter before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla extract until combined.
  • Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the champagne and beat on low speed until combined. Add 1/3 more of the dry ingredients and the rest of the Champagne. Beat on low speed until combined then, add the rest of the dry ingredients and beat on low speed until combined.
  • Add a small amount of food color gel and mix to incorporate.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 3 cake pans smoothing the tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with only a few dried cake crumbs clinging. Start checking for doneness after 28 minutes or so.
  • Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack. The cakes must be completely cool before frosting and assembling.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • Place the egg whites and sugar in a heatproof mixing bowl (for convenience, use your stand mixer bowl) and whisk until combined. Making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water, set the bowl over a saucepan filled with about 2-3 inches of simmering water at medium-low heat.
  • Whisk the egg whites mixture constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer grainy to the touch, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer (unless you are already using it) fitted with the whisk attachment or use a handheld mixer. Beat the mixture over medium-high speed until stiff glossy peaks form and the mixture is no longer warm, about 10 minutes.
  • Switch the stand mixer to the paddle attachment. With the mixer on medium high speed, add the cubed butter one piece at a time and mix until the butter is fully incorporated before you add more butter. Next, add the vanilla and salt and beat for about 40 seconds. The buttercream should be thick and creamy.

To Assemble

  • To assemble the cake, with the help of a serrated knife or cake leveler, remove the domes from the top of the cool cakes so that they’re flat. Place one layer on a plate or cake stand and cover the top with buttercream frosting. Spread the buttercream evenly with an offset spatula.
  • Add the second layer of cake on top, cut surface down. Spread a layer of frosting. Add the third layer and the remaining frosting on the top and around the sides. You can pipe swirls or any other decoration on the top or sides of the cake.

Notes

  • Grease and line your cake pans with parchment paper to guarantee perfect removal from the cake pans. For cupcakes, use cupcake liners.
  • Cool the cakes completely before assembling or frosting.
  • Use room temperature ingredients (including the champagne). The batter ingredients mix more evenly when all the ingredients are at about the same temperature.
  • Adding food coloring is optional.
Baking Pan Sizes:
  • Use three (6-inch) cake pans and bake at 350ºF bake for approximately 35 minutes or until until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with only a few dried cake crumbs clinging. Start checking for doneness after 28 minutes or so.
  • Use two (8-inch) cake pans and bake at 350ºF bake for approximately 30 minutes or until until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean with only a few dried cake crumbs clinging. Start checking for doneness after 25 minutes or so.
  • For standard size cupcakes, bake at 350º F for 18 to 20 minutes or until until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • For a 9x12 sheet pan, bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes or until until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Start checking for doneness after about 35 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1064IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg