I think this will go over well with the kindergarteners because it has all the elements of fun food: it's tiny, sweet, buttery, full of sprinkles and hand-held! Bib took a mini cupcake and scraped off all the frosting (as usual); leaving behind the cake. She didn't even taste the cake; nor was she interested in tasting it. Bebe ate the whole thing and nodded approvingly.
The recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes makes 24 regular cupcakes, but I wanted mini ones for the kids so I made a batch of 24 mini cupcakes and the rest of the batter filled up the remaining 14 regular-sized cupcake molds for the adults.
The batter mixes up easily and yes indeed, it uses a full 2 ounces (a huge bottle) of red food colouring. The resulting batter looks quite ghastly, but after it bakes, it deepens into a deep red.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
from The Artful Cupcake, by Marcianne Miller
4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter or shortening, room temperature (I used butter, of course!)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 oz red food colouring
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 t salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 t vanilla extract
1 T distilled white vinegar
1 T baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350F and prepare the muffin pans with shortening or nonstick spray. Bake without paper cups to get smoother sides. [I used paper liners]
- Cream together the butter/shortening and sugar until well blended and light and fluffy
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and blend well after each addition
- Make a paste with the food colouring and cocoa. Add the paste to the butter/shortening mixture and blend thoroughly.
- Add the salt and buttermilk to the mixture
- Add the flour, vanilla, vinegar and baking soda in that order, mixing after each addition
- Pour the batter into the pans, filling at least halfway. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Remove and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
I frosted with a 1m Wilton tip using a double batch of this classic buttercream recipe.
these look so cute and colourful. Delicious!
Love the picture!
the perfect valentine's cupcake! they look just beautiful (and quite delicious, too)!
Oh Biiiiib :) Ah, (some) children! I for one need that perfect balance of frosting and cake-- and these look perfect! :)
Cute cupcakes!! I hope you have a great V-day!
How pretty are those!!! I love them.
So pretty - Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks for the comments, everyone! I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day!
I agree, there's no better cake than Red Velvet on Valentines Day. These look so sweet and delicious! :)
Ooh wow these look good
I made red velvet cakes for valentines day as well (:
Hope they all enjoyed them!!
Although I'm not the biggest fan of red velvet, those cupcakes are gorgeous!
I recently made your chocolate playdough, I'd had it bookmarked for ages to try and only just got around to it. My hands are too warm to be a pastry chef! It took me quite a few tries to get a rose made without it melting, but the end result was pretty. Thanks for the recipe!
Such a happy and cheerful valentine's cake. I never made red velvet cake, sounds really velvety.
The cupcakes look beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day.
Red is the way to go today really! They're adorable!
How lovely! been wanting to make rvc,your post gives me the extra push I need ;)
Yay! Your Valentine's Day cuppies are so cute! I've never tried to make red velvet from scratch. I think I'm afraid I'll be grossed out from adding the red coloring. I'm such a weirdo. :)
Love the cookies, too! Super cute.
Aww they're cute! I bet they were YUM!
Oh... so cute!
Isn't it sad.. I've never had red velvet cake = ( The cup cakes are adorable, I hope you had a fantastic V-day!
I've never tried red velvet cake before but your photos inspired me. Thanks so much for posting the recipe.
thanks for the kind words, everyone! I know, I hadn't had RV cupcakes before either. I had nothing but rave reviews from the kiddies and parents. Bebe said the cupcakes were all gone and the grownups said they were amazing! yay!
Those cupcakes look good! What a nice shade of red.
oh my gosh, I just want to reach in the screen and gobble them up!
They look very much adorable and colorful.
Ahhh I made a red velvet cake this weekend and really liked this recipe http://www.howcast.com/videos/139827-How-To-Make-Red-Velvet-Cake but I actually want the make the cake into cup cakes... Who knows maybe i'll make valentines day cup cakes next year :)
I love the look of the crumb on this cupcake. I'm guessing it's because it uses all purpose flour rather than cake flour? I've tried two recipes before this - the Magnolia red velvet and the Martha Stewart red velvet. Both used cake flour, but the texture was just too... mushy. I like when you can see and feel the crumbs. Do you sift the flour? I'm going to try these out this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!
you know me...too lazy to sift if I don't have to! ;)
I didn't sift the flour because it didn't tell me to sift it in the instructions and the AP flour does give the cake more structure I think. Hope you like it!
Does 't' stand for teaspoon and 'T' mean tablespoon? I wanna make sure i get this right cuz i want to make this for my dads birthday this weekend!
Yes, t=teaspoon and T=tablespoon
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