Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

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Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients for Darth Velvet Cupcakes:

Darth Velvet Cake:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 TBSP unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 TBSP concentrated black food/icing coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
1 TBSP concentrated black food/icing coloring

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
NOTES: Black food coloring will stain your hands, clothes and mouth, so use caution when handling. This recipe makes either 24 cupcakes or two eight inch layer cakes. To make a Buttermilk substitute, watch my How to Make a Buttermilk Substitute video.

For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Darth Velvet Cupcakes video.

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Prepare the dry ingredients:
1. In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder.
2. Use a whisk to remove any lumps and combine thoroughly.

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Make the batter:
1. In an electric mixer, beat eggs and slowly stream in oil until emulsified.
2. Add vanilla, white vinegar and black food coloring.
3. Combine well and slowly add the dry ingredients.
4. The batter will thicken; keep mixing on low.
5. With the mixer running, stream buttermilk into batter slowly.
6. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Bake the cupcakes:
1. Distribute batter to prepared cake or cupcake pans and bake in a preheated 350(F) oven: 20-25 minutes for cupcakes; 35-40 minutes for cakes.
2. Allow cake(s) to cool completely before frosting.

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. In an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, butter and salt.
2. Begin adding powdered sugar, creaming thoroughly after each addition.
3. Mix in vanilla and cream.
4. Add black food coloring and combine thoroughly.
5. Continue adding powdered sugar until frosting has a pearly sheen and thick, gooey yet spreadable consistency.

Darth Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Frost. Share and enjoy. For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Darth Velvet Cupcakes video.

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