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.
Me creating my little masterpieces.
Just out of the even....So yummy...
Final touches.... Wilton flowers.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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.