Monday, 1 February 2010

Recipe of the Week 2 - Red Velvet Cupcakes - Finally!!!

As promised, after much trial and error(!), the recipe for some of the most delicious red velvet cupcakes I have ever tasted! Even if I do say so myself!!!

For the cupcakes:

240 ml Milk
1 tblsp White Vinegar
250 g Self Raising Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tblsp Cocoa Powder
113 g Unsalted Butter
300 g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tblsp Red Food Colour
1 tsp White Vinegar
1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

  • Pre heat oven to gas mark 4 and line 2 12 cavity cupcake pans with cases
  • Whisk together the milk and 1 tblsp white vinegar. Set aside for 10 mins to curdle
  • Sift flour, salt and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl and set aside
  • Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft
  • Add in all of the sugar and beat until fluffy
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the eggs one at a time
  • Add the vanilla and beat again until all of the ingredients are combined
  • Stir the food colouring into the curdled milk mixture
  • Fold about a third of the flour mixture into the butter mixture followed by half of the milk mixture, another third of the flour, the rest of the milk and lastly the flour
  • Combine the bicarbonate of soda and remaining teaspoon of vinegar in a small bowl, it will start to fizz and should be immediately added to the cake mixture
  • Divide the batter between the cupcake cases (about 1 heaped teaspoon per case, this cake mix will rise a lot!)
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cakes comes out clean.

For the icing:

400 g Unsalted Butter

200g Cream Cheese

800 g Icing Sugar (sifted)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • Beat the butter with an electric mixer until soft
  • Fold in the cream cheese
  • Gradually beat in the icing sugar uand lastly the vanilla
  • Beat well until smooth
  • Spread generously onto cupcakes and enjoy! :)

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