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The seductive red color, irresistibly moist cake and thick, rich crown of Cream Cheese Frosting make Red Velvet Cupcakes the celebutante of cupcakes!
This recipe makes either 24 cupcakes or two eight inch layer cakes.
Check it out! This recipe was featured in the LA Weekly!
Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 tsp white distilled vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp red food coloring
Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted
2 tbsp cream (half n half)
NOTES: Red 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:
1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minutes and use in the recipe.
For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Red Velvet Cupcakes video.
Directions for Red Velvet Cake Batter:
Prepare the dry ingredients. In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder. Use a whisk to remove any lumps and combine thoroughly.
Make the batter. In an electric mixer, beat eggs and slowly stream in oil until emulsified. Add vanilla, white vinegar and red food coloring. Combine well and slowly add the dry ingredients. The batter will thicken; keep mixing on low. With the mixer running, stream buttermilk into batter slowly. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
Bake. 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. Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.
Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting
Prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting. In an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter. Begin adding powdered sugar, creaming thoroughly after each addition. Mix in vanilla and cream. Continue adding powdered sugar until frosting has a pearly sheen and thick, gooey yet spreadable consistency.
Frost. Share and enjoy. For added instruction and entertainment, watch the How to Make Red Velvet Cupcakes video.