red velvet cupcakes

red velvet cup

There has been this crazy rage about red velvet cakes/ cupcakes and I have been searching for a good red velvet recipe for ages, every red velvet cake I have tried has either 1. flopped or 2. been dull in colour. Yesterday Bonnie & I tried a new recipe and its great, the sponge is velvety, the colour is deep and its a great easy recipe

Makes 12 Cupcakes

– 60g unsalted butter at room temp
– 150g sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 TBSP of cocoa powder
– 3 TBSLP of red food colouring
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or essence
– 120ml buttermilk (however I used normal milk)
– 150g cake flour
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting
– 250g smooth creamed cheese
– 125g unsalted butter
– 4 – 6 TBSP of icing sugar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 170degrees
2. Put butter and sugar on mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy
3. Turn speed up and add egg until fully incorporerated
4. In seperate bowl mix togerher cocoa, red colouring and vanilla, to make a dark thick paste, add to butter mixture and mix well. Turn mixture down and pour in half the milk/buttermilk, beat until well mixed then add half the flour and mix until well incorporated Repeat the process until all the flour and buttermilk has been added (I fold manually, to ensure it is not overbeated, otherwise the spong is dense and not fluffy and light)
5. Turn the mixer down to a very low speed and add the baking soda and vinegar. Turn the mixer up and beat for a minute on high speed

Frosting
1. Beat butter in the mixer until light and fluffy, turn mixer speed down and add cream cheese, then add sifted icing sugar

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