6 Special Birthday Cake and Champagne Pairings
Could there be a more decadent pairing than birthday cake and champagne? We think not. Though it is rare to see wine and dessert pairings on a menu, there are some styles of champagne that are particularly well suited to sweet treats.
1. Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec with Apple Cake or Red-Fruit Tiramisu
When choosing champagne for a birthday celebration, always start with the dessert you are planning to serve, followed by the bubbles. Food has a greater impact on wine than wine does on food, and with sweet flavours the rule is to generally go sweeter with your champagne. With that in mind, Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec is perfectly suited to desserts made with cream, caramel, apples or berries. Try a tarte tatin or a berry fruit tiramisu for a decadent birthday champagne pairing.
2. Ruinart Rosé and Carrot Cake
Ruinart Rosé has all the hallmarks of the classic Ruinart taste, with its unique chardonnay-led freshness complementing the indulgent fruitiness of the pinot noir. Maison Ruinart recommends serving carrot cake with its champagne – try adding orange zest to your cream cheese frosting to bring out the wine’s citrus and tropical notes.
3. Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut with Apple or Pear Tart or Breton Shortbread and Lime Sorbet
With Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut, the flavours of pear, apple and white peach are so dominant that it’s best to pair this champagne with cakes and desserts that incorporate these fruits. Alternatively, the pastry notes will work well with buttery biscuits such as Breton shortbread. Liven things up with a refreshingly tart lime sorbet on the side.
4. Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012 with Grapefruit Pavlova
Why serve cake at your birthday celebration when you could have pavlova and vintage champagne instead? Stack several layers of meringue on top of each other, with passion fruit coulis in between, then top with a few artfully arranged dollops of grapefruit sorbet and a candy-striped candle for ultimate style points. Serve with Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2012.
5. Veuve Clicquot Rosé with Victoria Sponge Cake
Rosé champagne always feels like a special treat – the sunset hue and indulgent berry aromas signal celebration. In much the same way, a Victoria sponge cake is a classic for a reason. It’s a nostalgic birthday cake bursting with cream and jam that pairs particularly well with the red berry notes of Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
6. Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial with White Chocolate, Lemon or Coconut Cake
Tropical, exciting and daring, Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Moët Nectar Impérial is the most exotic expression of the maison’s style, combining a touch of sweetness with creaminess and fruit flavours. Try pairing a glass with a slice of coconut, lemon, or white chocolate cake – or perhaps a cake that combines all three of these ingredients! Chocolate and champagne feels like the ultimate treat – it is a birthday celebration after all.