Friday, February 4, 2011

Red Velvet for my Valentines.

Husband is not my only Valentine! Gasps...

Every year, I ask my parents...and sometimes my siblings, to be mine;)
This year, it'd be nice to do so with a cupcake in hand, because who doesn't heart family?!

These were soft, moist, delicious, and RED! Nice light flavor of chocolate & not too sweet.

The cream cheese icing was perfectly rich & sweet on top. I will definitely make these again.

Here is the recipe: (adapted from Best Cupcake Recipes by Kblogs)
Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cup sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (heaping)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
(1 oz.) bottle red food coloring
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line one 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners
Sift cake flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl
Whisk cocoa powder and food coloring together
Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl or stand mixer bowl
Beat in egg
Beat in vanilla
Beat in cocoa & food coloring mixture (be certain to scrape edges of the bowl to fully incorporate)
Add a third of the flour mixture, beat well
Add half of the buttermilk, beat
Add in half of the remaining flour mixture, beat well
Add remaining buttermilk, beat
Add remaining flour mixture
Beat well (scraping down edges of the bowl) until everything is well combined

In a small, deep bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda (This will fizz. Remember making a volcano for the 4th grade science fair, and how cool it was erupting. Then again, 3 of your classmates had the exact same homemade volcano...LOL)
Fold this mixture into the cake batter, making sure it is mixed in well

Fill cupcake cups about 2/3 of the way full
Place pan into the preheated oven
Bake 10 minutes
Rotate pan
Bake an additional 10 minutes
Insert a wooden pick in the center most cupcake, when done, it should come out clean
Cool cupcakes for 10 minute in pan on a wire rack
Remove and cool completely before frosting

Cream Cheese Icing
1/2 package or 4 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
4 tablespoons butter (softened)
1 1/2 cups powder sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth
Add powder sugar
With mixer on low, beat until combined
Increase speed and mix until light & fluffy



At February 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Blogger LaNeshe said...

Oh my gosh! Send me one! lol

At February 4, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Blogger jtbrown said...

Oh how I wish I could bake. They look great!

At February 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger socialitedreams said...

oh my jesus, those look like heaven!!!!


At February 5, 2011 at 7:34 PM , Blogger Marie said...

:) Thanks ladies!


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