Saturday, November 14, 2009

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Here we have co-worker Angela and the Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Red velvet cupcake recipes vary from source to source; they may be very chocolate, tiny chocolate or vanilla cakes, but they are always pumped full of red food coloring, and have the reactive combo of vinegar and baking soda. (Remember the vinegar and baking soda in your 3rd grade science fair volcano? Put that schooling to action with this lava-like batter.)

It was fun dumping in massive amounts of food coloring. It looked like a crime scene. And the next morning I found fluorescent dye stains all over my white countertops from the leaky bottle of food coloring. Fortunately, should this happen to you, I can tell you that a minute soaking under bleach lifted the stain completely away.)

I used Martha's Recipe from the Cupcake book.
(and I used all purp flour instead of cake. Sorry, Martha.)

  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
  2. 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, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.
  3. 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 (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.
  4. 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. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
  5. To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting. Refrigerate up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before serving.

1 comment:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS!!! These looks so awesome!!!!! I love your blog and it was great to meet you and your husband today, I'll have to get mine to meet yours, and we can hang out sometime. :)