Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Made these cupcakes for Christmas. They were moist and so delicious!

The cream cheese frosting is to die for!

Made about 20 big cupcakes - would make 24 a bit smaller cupcakes

These red-velvet-cupcakes are from Martha Stewart, of course! :)

Red Velvet Cupcakes
(Martha Stewart)
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted (didn't sift)
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar (used 1 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (used Canola oil)
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk (used low-fat milk with lemon juice)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.

To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting. Refrigerate up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before serving.



Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (used low-fat)
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth. Frosting can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.



Laura Keller said...

These look and sound delicious! Red Velvet is my favorite, but I go for the Paula Dean recipe... she adds a bit of melted marshmallow to her icing and it's to die for! Hope you enjoyed these... They wouldn't last very long at my house!

Bobbi said...

Red velvet and cream cheese frosting is such an amazing combo, thanks for sharing!!

pat said...

What a delicious sounding combo! Red velvet is my dd's favorite--I'll have to show her your post. Love the cake plate--it's so festive!

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Nicki said...

Just back from dining out with my daughter - and while I could not eat another bite - these look so delicious. And your cupcake plate/tray is wonderful.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Those look yummy!

Yolanda said...

Yummmmm..... I bet those are moist and yummy cupcakes. Love the dish they are sitting on too.

Anonymous said...

yum! nice photos too :)