I’m a little late to the Red Velvet Party, but I’ve arrived with a tray of delicious cupcakes…
Supposedly, Red Velvet Cake was first made at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the 1920’s; however, according to Southerner’s, it may have been a southern thing long before then. Many years later, in 1989, a resurgence of the cake’s popularity was attributed to the film, “Steel Magnolias,” in which the groom’s cake was a red velvet cake in the shape of an armadillo (a southern tradition.)
These cupcakes have just the correct amount of chocolate in them and are springy and light, exactly the way I like a cupcake. And, the cream cheese frosting on top is, “just like icing on a cake!”
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients for the cake:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 (1-ounce) bottle red liquid food coloring
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
Ingredients for the frosting:
½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl; using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, food coloring, vinegar, vanilla and butter until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Reduce mixer speed to low and alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.
Divide the batter between the pans and bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.
Let the cupcakes cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, 3 minutes.
Frost the cooled cupcakes.
Velvety mouth-watering they are!
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