Thursday, September 27, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Apologies for not blogging yesterday, I've sprained my neck and to make up for it, I thought I'll share with you my Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe.

All you need are:
(adapted from Martha Stewart's cupcakes)
(makes 12)
1 1/4 cups of cake flour, sifted - sift the flour first before measuring
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/4 tsp red gel paste food colour
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk - i used regular milk and added 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, stir and let it sit for 5-10minutes
1 tsp white vinegar
3/4 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Icing
125g cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp butter, softened
1/2tsp vanilla extract
2 cups icing sugar

All you need to do:
1) Preheat oven to 175 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
2) Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
3) Beat sugar and vegetable oil till combined. Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrap sides to make sure all is mixed properly. Mix in vanilla extract and food colouring.
4) Add flour mixture alternating with the milk in 3 batches. Make sure to mix it properly after each batch. (Do not overmix)
5) Stir vinegar and baking soda, it will foam up. Add to mixture and mix properly.
6) Divide in muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes. Once done, let it cool on wire rack.

Cream Cheese Icing
1) Beat cream cheese and butter together until smooth, scrap sides to make sure all is mixed properly.
2) Add in vanilla and sift in icing sugar. Mix until you reach the right consistency, add more icing sugar if it is still runny. Add a drop of hot water to eliminate graininess. 
3) Pipe your cupcakes, decorate and serve.

Enjoy! :)

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