Pink Champagne Cake
This bubbly showstopper is the pride of the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, California.
Why This Recipe Works
Our version of this California classic features rich pastry cream sandwiched between pink-tinted white cake layers with an easy-to-make vanilla buttercream frosting and pink chocolate curls piled on top. As the name implies, we add a full cup of sparkling wine to the batter, which adds a slightly yeasty flavor reminiscent of bread and gives the cake an unmistakable festive flavor. For the sparkling wine, we recommend using one that is on the drier side but not too expensive. Prosecco is a good choice. The pink chocolate curls are a cinch to make as long as you have a microwave and a vegetable peeler.