Sunday, November 4, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

 
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Someone needs to tell my brain that I could have slept an extra hour this morning.
When you are staring at the ceiling, wide awake, at 5:00 am, the only thing to do is bake.
It’s a rule.
(I should write a book about all the rules I have because I’m sure it’s getting confusing for some of you.)
So, I decided to bake Red Velvet Cupcakes for my friend Kenzie.
Kenzie, her Mother, her Aunt and I were all at a Christmas Craft Show this weekend. Kenzie and I sold glitzy purses, jewelry, scarves, etc. Here are some pictures of our wares..
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Kenzie’s Momma and Aunt sold their beautiful handmade crafts.  Our booths are right next to each other which works out great because we help each other a lot and sit and talk, and laugh, and eat, and every once in a while, we sell something. 
 
When we aren’t eating or selling, we talk about food because, what else is there to talk about? Kenzie mentioned that she loved Red Velvet Cupcakes so I decided to surprise her this morning, on our last day of the Craft Show, with some cupcakes.
Here is the recipe I use.
 
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Put 1 Stick of room temperature, unsalted, sweet cream butter, 2 Cups of sugar, and 1/4 Cups of packed brown sugar in a mixing bowl and blend together until light and fluffy. Then add 2 large eggs and 1/2 Cup oil and blend together again.
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Then, sift together 2 1/2 Cups of flour, 2 Tbsp. of Cocoa powder, 1 tsp. of baking soda, and 1/4 tsp. of salt in a separate bowl (or a flexible plastic mat).
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Then, in a pourable container, like a Pyrex measuring cup, measure out 1 Cup of Buttermilk, 1 Tbsp. of red food coloring, 1 tsp. Vanilla, and 1 tsp. white vinegar.
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(Sometimes when I make these just for my family, I only use half the red food coloring.  ..so, I guess that would make them pink velvet cupcakes, huh?)
Now, you need to add the flour mixture and milk mixture into the butter mixture. This needs to be done in a certain order.
Start  by adding 1/3 of the flour mixture, then half the milk mixture, 1/3 of the flour mixture again, the rest of the milk mixture, and finally the rest of the flour, mixing until just combined in between each addition.
Trust me, you MUST do it this way or you cupcakes will turn out funky!
Evenly distribute your batter among 2 cupcake pans and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Do not over bake!! Yes, it deserves two exclamation marks because it’s a crime to have dry cupcakes. Justice should be served swiftly and without remorse.
Meanwhile, you can make your frosting, which is my favorite part!
Cream Cheese Frosting
Blend together 1/2 stick of room temperature, unsalted butter and 8 oz. of cream cheese very well.  Then, slowly add in 3 Cups of powdered sugar. Once that is combined, add a tsp. of Vanilla and mix again.
Voila. You now have a cream cheese frosting.
Once your cupcakes are cool, you can slather on the frosting and have something that looks like this..
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They are yummy and pretty simple to make!
Have A Great Sunday Evening!
love,
Val

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