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Red Velvet Valentine’s Cupcakes

Regardless of how you feel about this holiday, these yummy cupcakes will bring happiness to anyone who eats one!

Here’s what you need:

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
2-1/2 c cake flour
1-1/2 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1-1/2 c vegetable oil
1 c buttermilk (how to make buttermilk if you’re out!)
2 TBSP red liquid food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled white vinegar

For the frosting:

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
8 oz cream cheese
5 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2-1/2 c confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Let’s do this!

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.

3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Add dry ingredients a cup at a time, blending all the while, about 2 minutes.

4. Pour batter into lined pans.
Hoo boy – that looks weird pouring out of that spoon.

Pop into oven.

5. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 5-10 minutes.

6. Now make the frosting! Combine the cream cheese and butter with a mixer until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar and continue mixing until smooth.
Hooooooooooooo boyyyyyy! At this point I realized I accidentally threw in the entire stick of butter. Yes, 3 extra tablespoons. Let’s see if anyone notices…

7. Frost/decorate as desired!
I made these little bugs by hand to match the cupcake liners. It was really easy, I just had to create the design in Illustrator, then print on custom cut labels, and stick to toothpicks.

HAHAHAHAA!!!! ‘Course I didn’t do that! I bought them at Ralph’s for like $1.00 a few weeks ago. I was prolly there buying dishwasher rinse or something sexy like that.

Remember this cupcake thief from last September?

Alright, FINE!!! A cupcake for breakfast…just this once.

From Annie’s Eats.

Red Velvet Valentine’s Cupcakes
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Serves: 24
 

Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients
  • CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS:
  • 2-1/2 c cake flour
  • 1-1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 TBSP red liquid food coloring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • FROSTING INGREDIENTS
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2-1/2 c confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in dry ingredients until well blended and smooth.
  4. Pour batter evenly into lined pans. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 5-10 minutes and then on wire racks until completely cool.
  5. Combine cream cheese and butter together in a medium bowl. Add vanilla and beat until creamy. Gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix until well-combined and smooth.
  6. Frost cupcakes as desired!
  7. Pass these out at work, to your neighbors, use as bribes for the kids. Whatever you do, save one for yourself!



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6 comments on Red Velvet Valentine’s Cupcakes

  1. Lib
    February 14, 2012 at 2:29 am (2106 days ago)

    Excellent…. see? Sooooo much better than mushroom recipes!! :) And, I particularly love the cute little thief!!

  2. Rebecca
    February 14, 2012 at 3:42 am (2106 days ago)

    You really got me with that bug joke. I was sitting here hating you for your skills, knowing I would never do that trick in Illustrator using labels and toothpicks. Boy am I a sucker! But I am back to loving you! :) And the cupcakes look ridiculously good.

  3. Lynn Flowers
    February 14, 2012 at 9:12 am (2106 days ago)

    Now I have to hit the grocery store tonight. Was going to make cupcakes with the girls tonight anyway so this is perfect. Love Bea having a cupcake for breakfast…that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  4. Melissa
    February 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm (2105 days ago)

    Bea is so cute!

  5. Amy
    April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm (2055 days ago)

    Made this for Drew’s birthday (yesterday). The cake is two slices from being gone! It’s the best cake ever. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Christina
    April 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm (2055 days ago)

    Yayyy!! So glad to hear they worked out & Happy Bday to Drew!! Miss you & expect to hear from you soon…xx

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