My baby turned 8 (!) this month and we had her birthday party with the family. She chose a brunch.....wonderful sausage and egg quiches (which I will share in an upcoming post), french toast, fresh fruit and little smokies. Her dessert of choice?
RED VELVET CUPCAKES!! Yes! I couldn't have chosen better myself! Plus, I was delighted that my 7 year old daughter KNEW what red velvet cupcakes were....she is so smart, isn't she?!?
These were fantastic! And pretty easy as well. It made me very happy that one batch made 24 cupcakes. You know how some make like 10...honestly, let's make it worth our time here!
Here are a couple pics:
RED VELVET CUPCAKES
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 T. red food coloring
1 t. white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
I am not a frosting lover, but this is one cake recipe where you NEED the frosting!
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 t. vanilla extract
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 12 cup muffin pans with cupcake papers. I always spray the liners or the cupcakes will stick.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. In a large bowl, gently beat together oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla with an electric mixer or your Kitchen Aid mixer (THE best kitchen appliance EVER!) Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and throroughly combined. This makes the most luscious looking batter!
Divide batter evenly among cupcake tins, about 2/3 full. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, turning pans once half way through. Check them after about 15 minutes so as to not overbake. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Stick it right in the middle and if there is no bright red dough, they are ready! Remove from oven and cool sompletely before frosting.
For frosting--In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. This may take a few minutes.