Monday, February 6, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for Valentines Day.  They are beautiful and they taste great!


I'm not sure if they are prettier with or without frosting.


 They are even pretty before they are baked.


 But they definitely taste better baked with frosting, lots of frosting!


Here's the recipe I use

Red Velvet Cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T. red food coloring
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 24 muffin tin cups or fit the cups with paper liners.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs.  In a small bowl, make a paste of cocoa powder and food coloring; blend into creamed mixture.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Beat in buttermilk, vanilla and water.  In a small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda; fold vinegar mixture into cake batter just until blended.  Spoon batter evenly into the muffin cups.

Bake the cupcakes for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let the pans cool on  a rack for 10 minutes before removing cupcakes from pans to cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting.  Beat together frosting (recipe follows) until smooth and creamy.  Spread frosting on cupcakes.  Serve promptly or refrigerate.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. clear vanilla extract

Enjoy!

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15 comments:

  1. These are my favorite cupcakes and I am always looking for a good recipe! Thanks...they look so pretty!

    XO,
    Jane

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  2. These are my kids favorites. I made them for Christmas and I will probably make them for Valentine's Day too. Yours look beautiful.

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  3. Favorite here also. They taste sooo good.
    Your cupcakes looks so pretty.

    Hugs Bente

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  4. This is my husband's favorite..Thank you for the recipe..I will give it a go..Have a great week..

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  5. Oh yeah! the more cream cheese frosting piled on ....the better. We served red velvet cupcakes at our son's wedding celebration along with funfetti. I used white candy pearls on them....so pretty. They are perfect for Valentine's too. Thank you so much for stopping by. It was so nice to meet you. :)

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  6. Hands down, absolute favorite cake/cupcakes in this house.........always asked for at birthdays (except for my daughter's cheesecake obsession); i usually have to make two batches because when the 5 of us are home we will go though one in 24 hours.....seriously!

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  7. I've made red velvet cake, but I haven't made cupcakes. Those look like just the right amount of sweet and yummy!

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  8. i've never actually made
    red velvet cake
    but these look to good to pass up

    now following you
    via Linky Followers!

    alison

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  9. Looks really delicious!

    Greetings from Australia♥

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  10. So glad I found your blog. I'm now following on the new Linky tool. Follow back so we can stay connected with this great new tool. See you soon, Lori

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  11. I am glad I found your recipe - I ruined a batch from Pioneer Woman by using expired/flat baking powder. Ugh. Thanks now I can try these BEFORE going outside tomorrow!

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  12. THANK YOU THANK YOU. Made them - they puffed up BEAUTIFULLY...I love the just a touch of chocolate my "3 tablespoonful" gave them which I haven't found in any red velvet recipes. Here is my post: http://wp.me/p244Y3-9s

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  13. Yummy! Thanks so much for linking up at Cowgirl Up! Hope to see you next week!
    Thanks,
    Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog
    www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

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