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Red Velvet Cupcakes

February 21, 2011

A week late but in honor of Valentines Day, I took a stab at making Red Velvet Cupcakes. Grill Boy and I decided to keep it low key this year for the big day, hate the crowds and all the hype, and so we stayed home and cooked.

Penne alla Vodka with Turkey Sausage, Garlic Bread, and fresh Caprese Salad, no menu this time, just some pictures, it was delicious though so we’ll have to recreate it!

Delicious Bottle of Pinot Noir and some lovely roses from Grill Boy

But on to the tastieness:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 ounce (1/8 cup) red food coloring
1 egg
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vinegar

1. In a small bowl mix together the cocoa and food coloring

2. Beat the butter (shortening) for about 30 seconds and then add the sugar until creamed.

3. Add the egg and beat well.

4. Add the cocoa and food coloring mixture.


5. In a small bowl sift together the flour and salt.

6. Add half the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.

Instead of buttermilk I added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice to the milk, vinegar also works!

7. Finally in a small bowl, holla back to your elementary school science project days when you made a paper mache volcano. Mix the baking soda and vinegar together and watch the foamy glory. Then add to the batter and mix well.

8. Divide among 12 lined cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I was fearful they weren’t cooked, the red threw me off when I tested with a toothpick, but 20 minutes was plenty. Mine were a touch dry after 25 minutes of cooking.

While the cupcakes were cooking I whipped up some Simple Buttercream Frosting, cream cheese frosting would work well too!

Then a simple piping job later and poof Valentines Day Cupcakes!






3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2011 11:42 am

    Katie, your cousin Rebecca’s favorite meal is penne with vodka sauce. Do you have a good recipe?

    • February 25, 2011 4:03 pm

      I do actually! I got the recipe for this one out of the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook, it’s super easy and super tasty! Happy to send it to you if you are interested! Hope you all are doing well!

  2. October 31, 2011 2:45 am

    These look divine – I’m glad u shared a picture of the redness of the batter – definitely bookmarked 🙂

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