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Valentine's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Posted by Sugar and Spice

Red Velvet Cupcakes
with Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy Valentines Day from all of us here at The Ardent Epicure.
Here is a delicious recipe for red velvet cupcakes.  These red delights are perfect for Valentine's day, but they definitely won't hurt any other time of year either!  These cupcakes are lightly-tinged with cocoa, and are topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.

For the Cake
3 eggs
3/4 cup of butter
3 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 12 teaspoons of vanilla
1 large bottle of natural red food coloring (1 ounce bottle)
1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar

For the Frosting
4 cup of powdered sugar
8 ounces (two sticks) of softened butter
8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
3 teaspoons of vanilla

For the Cake
Preheat your often to 350 degrees.
Take a cupcake tin and line it with paper or foil cupcake liners.
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and salt.
In a larger bowl, beat the butter with a hand mixer (or in a standing mixer) until it become creamy.
Add the sugar and vanilla to the butter, and mix it in.
Next, beat the eggs in one at a time, then mix in the food coloring.
Alternately beat the flour mixture and the buttermilk into the butter mix, stopping when it is just combined.
Next, stir the baking soda into the vinegar, and add it to the badder, mixing it in.
Fill the liner 2/3 full of cupcake batter.
Bake at 350 degree for fifteen minutes, then check with a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean, take out the cupcakes.  If there is batter on the toothpick, cook longer, and check again in five minutes, until a toothpick comes comes out clean from the center.
Cool on a rack before frosting.

For the Frosting
Beat the cream cheese with the butter until it becomes creamy.
Add the sugar, and beat it until it obtains a smooth texture.
Next, add the vanilla, and mix to combine.
Spread this over cooled cupcakes, or pipe with a piping bag.

Sprinkle your cupcakes with sprinkles, or add anything you like.  Happy Valentine's day, and enjoy time and good food with your loved ones!

 Grely~Sugar and Spice

 February 2011 YBR Entry

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