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Tuesday, 11 September 2012

^ RED VELVET CUPPIES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING ^

RED VELVET......to be honest with you I've never tasted this cake before but have heard many talking about it. Its deep red colour has caught my attention. I have seen many photos of this cuppies and it certainly looks so nice to me. 

Last Sunday I wanted to bake some cupcakes for my sister and since she requested for red velvet I thought of giving it a try. It turned out to just like what I wanted it to be but the lacking part was the cream cheese frosting. It was a little too soft....not sure where mine went wrong but it still tasted good for a first try. :-)

Many thanks to the cupcake recipe owner Jo of http://sugareverythingnice.blogspot.com/ She has a very nice blog and I love her cakes. Jo, please do allow me to share your marvelous recipe here at my space. 

OK lets head on to the recipe. 





^ RED VELVET CUPPIES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING ^


 Ingredients:
(Makes 12 medium sized cupcakes)

1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 1/8 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
 1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Method for the Cupcakes:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

2) In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.

3) In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

4) In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

5) In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter.

6) Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 - 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

7) Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. Either spread the frosting with a knife or offset spatula, or use a large 1M Wilton open star decorating tip to pipe the frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Gradually add in the icing sugar and continue beating until smooth. Finally add in the lemon juice and beat to combine. If icing is too soft to pipe, place in refrigerator for about 20 mins.
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