Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Red Velvet Valentines Cupcakes

Okay, so I hate romantic crap, but I had such a craving to bake, and all the valentines baking is so pretty that I thought I would bake these for valentines day this year. Its another recipe with amazing cream cheese frosting (this time vanilla) and I got to test chocolate piping which was, interesting! Red velvet cupcakes are so tasty; the slightly chocolately vanilla flavour is made more intense by the buttermilk in the recipe and the best thing is that because it's an American recipe, the cake mix is more of a batter, so you can literally put it in a jug and pour it into the cases- SO much easier!

Cupcake Ingredients:

125g sifted flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons (10 g) good quality cocoa powder
57 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
120 ml buttermilk (milk, with 1tsp lemon added, left for 10 minutes so it begins to curdle; sounds gross, makes good cakes)
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting:
227g cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
60 grams icing sugar, sifted
160 ml whipping cream (make sure its cold, as this can turn very runny)

(Preheat oven to 175 degrees C and have a 12 hold muffin tin lined)

  1. In large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  2. Mix in egg and then vanilla
  3. In a cup, add food colouring to buttermilk, and in a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa
  4. Slowly alternate adding the flour and buttermilk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour
  5. In an eggcup, combine vinegar and baking soda, let it fizz and fold it into the cake batter quickly
  6. Then quickly pour the batter into cases and smooth the tops
  7. Bake for around 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  8. For the frosting, beat the cream cheese till smooth
  9. Add vanilla and sugar and beat until incorporated
  10. Gradually add the cream and whisk till thick
  11. You can then either pipe or spoon the frosting on to cakes

While my cupcakes were baking, I melted chocolate and added a little oil, put it into a piping bag and piped some valentine-y words and hearts onto my icing mat, put it in the fridge to set and then used them to decorate my cakes, but you can decorate them however you like.

Enjoy! x

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