5 August 2013

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

Now i'm not really a massive fan of cupcakes, I know they are all the craze at the moment but they just don't appeal to me. However tomorrow was girl night so I though as a treat I would make the girls some super yummy red velvet cupcakes. Now in britain red velvet has only just become popular and I love it! I know where the velet comes from as they literally melt in your mouth. In love!

Makes 12
15-20 minutes to bake

  
INGREDIENTS
Cake
115g unsalted butter
135g casting sugar
140g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg
125ml buttermilk
red food colouring to your preferred colour
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder


 


Frosting
85g unsalted butter
145g cream cheese
280g icing sugar
Sprinkles
METHOD
CAKE
Make sure your butter and egg are at room temperature. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 (180C/350F)
1. Place 12 cupcake cases into a muffin tray. You can use a normal cupcake tray but I find that the muffin tray stops them from spreading out and looking flat.

 
2. Sift your cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and flour together, make sure it is all combined.
3. Cream together your butter and sugar until creamy, then add your egg and half of your flour mix. 

4. Now gradually add your buttermilk, vanilla extract and the food colouring. The more red your mixture the more red your cakes will become. When cakes bake the food colouring dulls down.
5. Place even amounts into each of your cupcake cases and stick in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, remove when you can insert a skewer and it comes out clean.
6. They should look like this, they may look brown but when bitten into they are red.

ICING
1. Cream together your butter and cream cheese until smooth. Don't over mix or it will go runny.
2. Then sift in your flour and mix together, as you can see mine went a bit lumpy so I gave it a quick whisk to get rid of them.

3. Using a piping bag and a circle nozzle pipe your icing onto your cakes, you can just use a palette knife however I find it doesn't look as pretty. cover your cake in your sprinkles of choice, I went for some red/pink sugar crystals. Wala super scrummy red velet cupcakes. Such a treat, fingers crossed the girls will like them, if not I sure will.

As you can see when cut in half they are a lovely red colour, so pretty! Give the recipe a go and let me know what you think.


Such a messy kitchen!