Friday, December 3, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Farmchick's Elegant Red Velvet Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Mix in food color and vanilla.

Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl yes, of course it will foam. Add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.

Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound (4 cups) confectioners' sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth.

Before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.
I think these cupcakes look lovely served for the Christmas holiday. I hope you love them as much as we do. :)

Hoping you will leave me a comment and join me on Holly Jolly Christmas Recipe Swap. :)



Blogger Lindsay said...

yum!! My mouth is watering! :)

December 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
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December 3, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger City girl turned Country Girl said...

UMM Okay....I *might* have squealed when this recipe popped up in my FB feed today!! Red Velvet w/Cream Cheese frosting is absolutely my FAVORITE!!! I cannot wait to try these baby's out!!

Great choice this week!!

December 4, 2010 at 2:00 AM  

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