It’s been a while since I shared a cupcake recipe with you – I was starting to get the shakes!
You are probably seeing a lot of Red Velvet around the blogosphere this week in honor of Valentine’s Day. Can you think of a more perfect cake/cupcake to celebrate the holiday of love?!
I actually made these cupcakes months ago. I was asked to teach a cupcake class for some of the young women at church and when I asked them what kind of cupcake they would like to make the vote was for red velvet. I had actually never made red velvet cake/cupcakes before so it was a first for me too!
I didn’t realize that red velvet is actually just chocolate with a whole lot of red food coloring mixed in – and I mean a lot!
Being the history buff I am I had to do a little research on where red velvet cake originated. Here’s what I found out according to Wikipedia.
A red velvet cake was a signature dessert at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City during the 1920s. According to a common urban legend a woman once asked for the recipe for the cake, and was billed a large amount. Indignant, she spread the recipe in a chain letter.
In Canada the cake was a well-known dessert in the restaurants and bakeries of the Eaton’s department store chain in the 1940s and 1950s. Promoted as an “exclusive” Eaton’s recipe, with employees who knew the recipe sworn to silence, many mistakenly believed the cake to be the invention of the department store matriarch, Lady Eaton.
A resurgence in the popularity of this cake is partly attributed to the 1989 film Steel Magnolias in which the groom’s cake (another southern tradition) is a red velvet cake made in the shape of an armadillo.
There you have it – the history of red velvet cake.
The girls had a great time learning all about cupcakes and mixing up their own batch.
As part of the class I provided the girl’s with some cupcake making tips and even a cupcake cookbook of their very own. A collection of many of my favorite cupcake recipes I have shared here on the blog.
I gave them some cupcake baking tips including using a cookie scoop to evenly measure out your cupcake batter.
And also some frosting tips like being sure to hold the decorating bag straight up and to release your pressure on the bag before you lift up!
I went to the dollar store to buy the food coloring because you need almost 3 of the small bottles that come in the combo pack of four colors! And that’s a lot of food coloring.
The red velvet cake has a nice light chocolate flavor which I really liked, I am not a dense, heavy chocolate fan so the lightness was just perfect for me.
And here is what the inside looks like – yes it is red!
I don’t know where I got this recipe from, it has been in my file for a while. I’m glad I finally had an opportunity to try it out. We’ll definitely making them again – maybe even for Valentine’s Day this weekend!
- 2 1/2 Cs cake flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 oz. red food coloring (2-3 bottles depending on size)
- 1/2 C butter, softened
- 1 1/2 C sugar
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 C buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, slightly softened
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers
- Mix together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside
- In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps; set aside
- In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go
- Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk
- End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula
- In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda
- Watch it fizz!
- Add vinegar mixture to the cake batter and stir well to combine
- Using an ice cream scoop, fill cupcake cups with cake batter (they should be 2/3 – 3/4 full)
- It will make about 20 cupcakes
- Place muffin tins on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree oven
- Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes, rotating pans halfway through
- Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Check early and don’t overbake!
- Cool the cupcakes in their tins on a wire rack for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely before frosting
- Frost cupcakes with cream cheese icing (recipe below)ormy favorite buttercream
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth
- Slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until everything is combined
- Add the vanilla
- Ice the cooled cupcakes
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