Saturday, July 24, 2010

Baking: Red Velvet Cupcakes

I have been very interested in making these for a while,
since they seem to be quite popular.
They seemed intimidating to make at first,
 but how hard could it really be?...

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color (or approx. 50 drops of liquid)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar (or apple cider 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.
*Use apple cider vinegar to be sweeter fluffier!


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.


...So it was easier than I thought
and I was very happy with the way they turned out!
A nice little birthday present for myself ;}
 
Happy Birthday to me,
Erica

10 comments:

  1. Oh how I love the red velvet. Great recipe!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  2. I have a confession...I have never tasted a Red Velvet Cupcake!! They are not that popular in Australia but I have heard and seen so many on food blogs its made me wanna try! They look delicious - well done :)

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  3. RED VELVET a classic FAVORITE
    YUMS
    xoxo
    bB

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  4. hey..guess what..i did red velvet too! great to see another recipe on here...just a bit different but just as fun! found you through beat until fluffy...

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  5. Wow! These look so good. I can't wait to give them a try. Thanks for the recipe!
    Visiting from Beat Until Fluffy.:)

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  6. I'm visiting from Beat Until Fluffy and these look SO great! Wonderful recipe... looking forward to trying it. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Red velvet is such a popular cupcake right now. The last recipe I tried used an ENTIRE bottle of red dye. Not good. This one looks good. I'll have to try it! Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

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