Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sinfully Sweet Red Velvet Cupcakes

these delicious little treats are good enough to be on the red carpet! so yummy! i made them on friday during a baking frenzy but haven't had time to post with all of the craziness of this weekend (going to the fights, a gun slinging double date, and a half marathon!) but now i have time to catch up!


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • a splash or two of red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar (or apple cider vinegar if you forget the distilled vinegar at the house you're taking care of while it's owners are out of town like i did!)
  • 1 splash vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
  3. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer.
  4. Add the the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled (or 1/3 of a cup in each little well).
  6. Bake in the oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through.
  7. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
and for the delicious and absolutely heavenly cream cheese frosting:

Ingredients

  • 1 box confectioner's (powdered) sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 package cream cheese (in the little cardboard box thing, not the pot)

Directions

  1. Combine all three ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix using a handheld electric mixer (or a standing mixer)
  3. Spread onto cupcakes with a butter knife or use a piping bag.
  4. Finish with a berry and some sprinkles (or a chocolate kiss!)

**It's important to note, the frosting will seem like it's not working out, but let it mix... Suddenly it magically becomes perfect and it's so delicious!

Jason's rating: 5 stars!
Yipee he loves them! He ate four or five of them over the weekend... and I loved them muchos as well!

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely amazing. Red Velvet is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing the post.

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