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What is Champagne Extract?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
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For anyone who enjoys the taste of champagne, keeping a small bottle of champagne extract around the house is a good idea. Here are some ideas on how to enjoy the champagne taste of the extract in a number of different ways.

As a flavoring created to enhance the taste of all sorts of baked goods and sweet treats, champagne extract can be used in most of the same ways that persons use vanilla and other types of extracts. Essentially a concentration of champagne flavor that is not made using processed sugar or alcohol, the extract has a very strong taste and odor. This is not unusual with any type of extract, and in fact champagne extract is easily substituted for other extracts in recipes. The units of measure will be the same, so if a recipe calls for one tablespoon of vanilla extract, simply use one tablespoon of champagne extract instead.

Champagne extract can add an unexpected and pleasing taste to yellow cakes. The champagne flavoring will give the cake a slightly more adult taste, while still keeping all the fun of having a piece of cake. For persons who really enjoy the champagne taste of the extract, a few drops mixed into the white icing will reinforce the taste without allowing the combination to be too overpowering.

Along with cakes, champagne extract works well in just about any type of batter that is prepared for some sort of sweet. Fruit pastries are especially good with a hint of champagne extract added to the dough. When baking shortbread cookies, adding a little champagne extract will actually enhance the buttery flavor of the cookies, drawing out a slightly nutty taste. Even brownies can benefit from the presence of a little champagne extract, by bringing out the taste of the cocoa that is sometimes masked by the sugar used in most recipes.

Finding champagne extract is a little more difficult than picking up a bottle of vanilla or lemon extract. One good place to look for champagne extract is as gourmet food markets. As is true with many types of specialty extracts, the bottles will be small. The cost for champagne extract will also be slightly higher than the price of the more common extracts, but the added taste will make the difference in cost well worth it. Along with the food stores, champagne extract is also found in many kitchen stores, outlets that carry a line of cake decorating items, and even some upscale supermarkets.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including DelightedCooking, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By turquoise — On May 16, 2012

I didn't even know there was champagne extract! Does it taste like champagne? I've had desserts with various liquors before but since this extract doesn't have alcohol, I doubt it tastes like liquor.

It's definitely an interesting idea. I'm not sure what to expect, but gingerbread cookies with champagne frosting sound pretty good for the holiday season.

And can champagne extract be used in cocktails too? Or would that be too weird?

By ddljohn — On May 15, 2012

I love using champagne extract in frosting and filling. I don't like to add it into pastry, cookie or cake batters as much because I usually add other extracts like vanilla, almond or cocoa. I really enjoy the champagne flavor by itself and I don't want any other flavor to overwhelm it.

So I prefer to make frosting and filling with it instead. It's absolutely amazing as a topping for cupcakes and as a filling for pastries. I have a recipe for almond pastries with champagne cream filling. It's the most delicious pastry ever!

And champagne extract makes really nice special occasion desserts like for Valentines Day or for wedding anniversaries.

By ysmina — On May 14, 2012

@anon24504-- Have you tried stores selling baking supplies or gourmet shops like the article suggested?

If you still can't find it, you can definitely find it at online gourmet stores. They will ship it to you and it generally arrives in several days. If you are really short on time and need it for a recipe for a special occasion, you could use regular champagne as a replacement.

That happened to me one time. I didn't realize I was out of champagne extract and I was baking a birthday cake for my mom. So I ended up simmering champagne to get a more diluted version and used that instead. It doesn't work quite the same way as champagne extract though. It loses the alcohol but the sugar remains and the flavor isn't as vibrant.

If you have time, I recommend ordering a bottle of champagne extract beforehand. One bottle goes a long way, it takes me like a year to get through a bottle of it. I only use it for baking.

By anon24504 — On Jan 13, 2009

Where can champagne extract be purchased?

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