If you are not completely overwhelmed by the influx of sweets, chocolates, strawberries, and heart-shaped things in the blogosphere, you could be now, because I am adding one more shockingly red item to the 26.2 mile-long list. But, how could I resist joining this party, when I baked a batch of these:
Aren’t you absolutely amazed? Aren’t they cute? Did you notice the icing? Can you believe “I” made them? So many questions, I know… but you have to be amazed. Because I certainly am. Granted, this baking adventure was not drama-free.
RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
(from Kristine’s Kitchen)
**recipe makes 24 cupcakes, I halved all amounts for a batch of 12**
for the cupcakes:
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp. (1 ounce) red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
for the cream cheese frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese (straight from refrigerator do not soften)
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 – 3 ½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tins with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine eggs, oil, buttermilk, red food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and beat first on low-speed and then on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners, filling each a little over halfway full. Bake, rotating pans halfway through, until a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 16-18 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pans for 5 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: Beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add 3 cups powdered sugar and mix on low-speed until incorporated, and then medium-high speed until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 3 more minutes. For a stiffer icing, add more powdered sugar. Beat in the vanilla extract. Pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes as desired. Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator.
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The stunning paper linings were a gift from our friend Cindy. I decided to trim their tops after baking to make it easier to frost the cakes. I know my limitations.
Everything was going on well, until it was time to frost the cakes. I was set on doing a good job on these, so I bought myself a pastry bag. Not a fancy one, but a disposable, single use plastic type. I filled the bag with the cream cheese frosting, took a deep breath, and went to work. All went smoothly for the first two babies, then all of a sudden, I squeezed and squeezed, and nothing came out of the pastry bag’s tip. I told myself – you are a P90Xer, you can certainly squeeze harder than that! – and that’s when I felt a moist, cold, sticky feeling on my wrist, the consequence of frosting that had found its way up instead of down, and not satisfied to reach midway through my arm, was now splashing on the floor.
Not sure if you ever had to deal with this type of situation, but there’s only one word to describe it: messy. Very messy. The bag gets slippery, the frosting refuses to compact down, and the Jack Russell gets overly agitated from the sudden intake of sugar. Chaos in the Bewitching Kitchen. Still, only one little cake was lost in that battle, due to jerky movements on my part and the merciless Law of Gravity.
These cupcakes were moist, tender, and the frosting complemented them quite well. The only problem was the decoration added on top. It turns out that those sugar pearls were rock hard. I thought they would more or less melt in the mouth, but… not the case. More the dental filling destroyer kind. I will use a different type of sprinkle next time. Because obviously there will be a next time. And when that next time arrives, I intend to do as pros do, and twist the top of the pastry bag. It’s all in the details, my friends. 🙂
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32 thoughts on “RED VELVET CUPCAKES”
Trimming the paper liners made the cupcakes look like they were nesting in a rose ! Lovely !
THanks, Stephanie… I thought it turned out pretty nice…
Ha ha! Love your doggy 🙂
He is a smart cookie that one…. once food falls on the floor, he is on it at lightning speed!
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Whereas Bob would probably completely miss it! Even if we held a sausage out to him, he’d sniff it and think about it, take it and then not eat it!!!
love the red velvet cup cakes!!!! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day Sally!!
Thank you, Michael! Hope you had a nice V-day too!
I can certainly appreciate your dilemma with the pastry bag, been there and done that! It makes me feel totally defeated. You overcame and they look great. I think I want to try today except I don’t have those perfect red liners.
I need to face the pastry bag again with a better outcome – what a mess that was!
The presentation is SO pretty and appropriate for Valentine’s day. I’ve had pastry bag ‘malfunctions’ in the past too.
It’s harder to twist and pack down frosting in those inexpensive disposable pastry bags. I’ve used them for spicy mayo when making my sushi rolls and have started to use clothes or potato chip bag clips for minor jobs but for larger ones, I use a hard plastic piping gun.
I see… so a sturdier bag might be better… I hate having to wash the darn thing, but… it would be for a good cause. The mess made by the disposable bag was definitely much worse!
You gotta do what you gotta do … to get the job done. I remember having my plastic pastry bag burst when I was trying to use it for making churros.
I love anything red velvet and these cupcakes look beautiful! Pinned! Have a great weekend!
Thank you! Hope you are having a nice Sunday too…
I think these look perfect! I must confess I’ve never had a red velvet cake…
Did you know that was my first time making them? I had never had one before either…
I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe! Your cupcakes are so pretty! 🙂
Nice to see you here! Thanks for a great recipe! 😉
I have a lovely image of a Jack Russell, high on sugar, trying to remove the wrapper from a cup cake! Bless him!
Can you picture me trying to hassle said Jack Russell with the cupcake and liner? Can you, really? (sigh)
Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.
Thanks for the re-blog!
I’ve never used those paper liners, they look beautiful. And of course despite the lost of one soldier, these cupcakes look amazing. And I am never one to pass up on red velvet cupcakes.
THe paper liners are from King Arthur, in case you’d like to get some for your next baking adventure!
Baking adventures are NEVER drama free, are they? As someone who has never had a Red Velvet anything I feel like a bit of an alien in a strange world, but I must say I’d love to pop one of these beauties in my mouth right NOW!
I was also a Red Velvet Virgin… my next virginity project will be biscotti…. stay tuned! But no, they won’t be red
Ahhh red velvet happiness. What would a cupcake adventure be without a little frosting incident?! 🙂
I thought you trimmed the papers to look like rose petals around the center of a rose. I have done the frosting on the wrist. You only do this once because it’s such a drama you make sure you don’t put too much in the bag at one time and twist the top of the bag and fold it over into your palm. At least that’s what I do. These cupcakes are lovely!
I will definitely do everything under my power to prevent another fiasco such as this one…. it was a circus. 😉
They are absolutely beautiful!!! I hope you had a wonderful day-)
Now I am truly impressed! I have yet to get my cupcake tops to look so good! They are just adorable. I can just picture the frosting scene. I have yet to have a drama free frosting experience. 😉 I hope that you and Phil had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
I love red velvet anything Sally, especially with the cream cheese icing, it’s great!! Your cup cakes look awesome!
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