Saturday, May 26, 2007

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Tomorrow afternoon/night is our annual church picnic. Scott and I will be donning red aprons to help as long as it's not cancelled due to rain. Since our last name starts with an S - we are supposed to bring a dessert. I wasn't sure what to bring until I watched a Paula Deen episode today that I had DVR'd and she made something that had my mouth watering. Red Velvet Cupcakes. I just finished making 24 for the picnic and I made 2 extra for Scott and I to sample. They were as good as I had imagined so I thought I'd share the recipe. Warning - the frosting is the yummiest I believe I've ever had. It will have you licking your fingers!

For the cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

For the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.


Anonymous said...

Red Velvet is my favorite cake in the world--Mom makes me one every year for my birthday! These look delicious...wish I was coming to the picnic! Hope it doesn't rain on y'all! jlg

Guy and Julie said...

So now I have a dilemma...I really want one because they look awesome. But now I know what all is in them, so I know without a doubt that I don't need one :) You're a great cook!

Anonymous said...

That icing does sound amazing!

In His Army said...

Looks yummy! I had never thought of red velvet cupcakes before but it makes good sense! It tastes so rich, I would love to have some right now!