Monday, May 4, 2009

Red Velvet If You Please

It was Karla's birthday and her favorite is Red Velvet. Of course, I had to make it into a cupcake!

Red Velvet isn't my absolute favorite, but it's up there. This is a really good recipe- the perfect subtle hint of chocolate. And who can resist cream cheese frosting?!?! It's delicious!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

For the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

I also thought it was time for a little update on Iv and Win. They are always up to trouble, but here is their latest. Win will find a chew or a stick or a toy and run under our TV stand. She will get close enough to the edge, so Ivy can see her, but can't quite reach her. Ivy can't fit, so she will just lay there- trying to reach Winnie. They will do this for hours!
I would say that I feel sorry for Ivy; however, anytime Win isn't protected by the TV stand- Ivy steals whatever she has!

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