Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

I had never made red velvet before, but ever since my friends red velvet wedding cake I have been dying for another taste! If you have never had red velvet, it is a MUST try. Something about the red cake-ness that just makes it so...yummy! It was a yummy treat to have and to give our friends. Here is how you can make it too!
-3 eggs
-3/4 cup of butter
-3 cups of all purpose flour
-1 tbsp unsweetended cocoa powder
-3/4 tsp salt
-2 1/4 cups of sugar
-2 tablespoons of red food colouring ( I didn't believe it and I used less than that...BUT at the end of the day my cupcakes were not as RED as I next time I will actually follow the recipe! I am so bad for that!)
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cups of buttermilk or sour milk
-1 1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp vinegar
-1 cream cheese icing recipe

Step one.
Allow your eggs and butter to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile put the muffin cups in the muffin trays and set aside. This recipe makes 24 scrumptious cupcakes.
Step two.
In a medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder and salt. set aside.
Step three.
Preheat your oven to 350F. In a very large mixing bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on med-high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time. Continue to beat on medium speed until it is well combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl, beat on medium for another 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time. Beating well after each addition. Beat in red food colouring and vanilla.

Step four.
Alternately add flour and sour milk. beating on low speed after each addition. Beat on low until combined.

Step five.
In a small bowl combine the baking soda and vinegar. Then you fold it into your batter. Next, you evenly pour your red batter into the muffin cups, like so.

Step six.
Bake these bad boys for 18 minutes. Make sure you check with a tooth pic to see if they are done. TIP: Do not talk on the phone while you are baking!! Or at least don't forget that you are baking. You will most likely forget to take out your baked goods... like I did with these cupcakes, I left them in for an extra 6 or 7 minutes :( Don't make my same mistake! Mine were a little brown around the edges.

Now time to ice them!

Cream cheese frosting recipe!
You will need:
-1 pkg of cream cheese.. I used the low fat one.
-1/2 cup of butter, softened
-2 tsp vanilla
-5 to 6 cups of powdered sugar
(and a pinch of salt)

In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until you reach a spreading consistancy! Also add your pinch of salt.

Now time to ice!
Just a little tip when it comes to these delish cupcakes. We put alot of icing on them to make them look good. But we quickly learned that it was FAR too much. These cupcakes only need a little bit of icing. Also it will save you lots of calories.
Just so you know...1/12 of this frosting recipe has 348 cals! and 14g of fat.
So ice as you wish but in this case less is definately better than more!

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