From My Kitchen ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes

Happy Sunday friends. I hope you are all enjoying this lovely day.  Yesterday, I woke up thinking about my favorite cupcakes.  Yes. Hard to believe, but true.  I laughed, and headed for the kitchen to make sure I had all the ingredients needed to make Red Velvet Cupcakes.  And who doesn't love a delicious red velvet cupcake?  They are moist, not too sweet and beautiful.  For me, Valentine's is a perfect time to indulge with a few of these colorful treats.

I've always had a thing for red velvet cupcakes.  I enjoy making them, eating them but most of all, I enjoy decorating them.  I've tried many recipes, but my favorite recipe to use is the one from Paula Deen.  This recipe is pretty full-proof.  I always reduce the amount of sugar and oil that the recipe calls for and you can do same when making them too.  And a few pretty chocolates couldn't hurt either.

I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day.  I also want to thank you for your support and wonderful blog friendship.  It is such an incredible gift to me.  It is beyond humbling to have such talented women visit my blog each week and to follow me.  I cannot tell you how much your amazing stories and encouraging words mean to me.  Especially these days.  You are what inspires me every week and for that, I am truly thankful.

Janet













Me creating my little masterpieces. 





A few pretty chocolates to celebrate Valentine's.  I love making these too.  They make perfect little gifts.






Just out of the even....So yummy...



Final touches....  Wilton flowers.







Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

INGREDIENTS


  • 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










    DIRECTIONS

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin panswith 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. 


    Comments

    1. I've never made Red Velvet Cake and am so glad you shared this recipe!! Looks beautiful - love the red roses!! Happy Valentine's Day to you!! Jina

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    2. Very pretty cupcakes and so nicely decorated too! I have never tried making Red Velvet Cake. It looks like it would be very good. And the perfect dessert for Valentine's Day!

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    3. Q belleza amiguita y la receta de los cupcakes look awesome!
      Enseguida rezare y con mis amigas tambien por tu mamasita, no te preocupes, todo saldra bien para ella, Dios es grande!
      Gracias siempre por tu cariñosa nota. A mi tambien me desestresa blogear y me quita la mente de mis problemas. Gracias por esto
      TQM
      FABBY

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    4. They look wonderful and how I wish that I had a couple right now with a nice cup of tea. Your decorating skills are perfect. Happy Valentine's Day.
      Mary

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    5. Your sweetie will really enjoy those delicious looking cupcakes!

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    6. Beautiful job on the Red Velvet Cupcakes! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

      Cheers,
      Kathy Shea Mormino
      The Chicken Chick
      http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    7. Just beautiful! And I especially love the little "pearls" you have used for decorating. (Nice nails, too! Mine are a wreck in this dry, dry weather!)

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    8. You're an artist in kitchen too, my dearest Janet, I feel so enchanted by the delicacy of the decorations you've used as a final touch !
      I'm taking note of this recipe, it sounds so inviting, and I'm wishing you too a Happy Valentine's Day ...
      Be safe of my affection, my gratitude and admiration, sending much, very much love to you, dearie
      Dany

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    9. These cupcakes look delicious, and I love the rose garnish. So pretty. :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/02/12/home-matters-linky-party-24/ :)

      ~Lorelai
      Life With Lorelai

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    10. Oh my what beautiful artwork! I'd be afraid to eat it. Thanks for stopping by and linking up at the Home Matters LInky Party

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