What can I say about red velvet cupcakes that has not already been said? Everywhere you go you see two things. Cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes. I hesitated to share the these with you for that reason, but then something happened. William asked me to make these for class Valentine’s Day party. I tried to talk him into something else but he insisted on red velvet. I remembered how hard they are to resist. They are what cupcake dreams are made of. Sweet and mildly chocolaty with a tart cream cheese frosting.
What can I say? My kid has good taste.
This red velvet cupcake and cream cheese frosting recipes come from Martha Stewart Cupcakes.
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 eggs at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel paste food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons white vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 sticks room temperature butter
12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together the cake flour, cocoa power, and salt. Set aside.
Mix together the sugar and oil until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time.
Add the food coloring and vanilla.
Add the flour in three batches alternating with the buttermilk.
In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and vinegar. Add to the batter and mix to combine.
Line two muffin tins with paper liners. Fill the tins three quarters of the way through. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.
Make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla.
I used a piping bag fitted with a large round tip to pipe the cream cheese frosting.
To make these cupcakes really special for the kids, I wrapped them in individual cupcake boxes. How cute are these?
I cut out some hearts freehand and attached them with some cute twine from The Twinery. Wouldn’t you love to get a box like this?