Day 218 – Red Velvet Cupcakes

6 Mar

So, just because the holidays are over, does that mean we can’t still enjoy some Red Velvet desserts?  I don’t think so!  And, to prove it, I give you these Red Velvet Cupcakes (recipe below from Hoosier Homemade).  But first, enjoy today’s tip!

Now, onto the cupcakes!

Red-Velvet-Cupcake     Mini-Red-Velvet-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and squishy, and not tough. Very cakey. They have a slightly sweet, very light cocoa flavor..

Note: The cocoa flavor is stronger in the minis.

Red-Velvet-Frosting

The frosting tastes like sweet cream cheese. I want a little vanilla or something mixed in, just to break it up a little. It’s very sweet and very creamy.

Note: I suggest either doubling the frosting, or at least making 1.5 batches, to make sure you have enough to cover all of the cupcakes. Better to have left over cream cheese frosting (which goes really well with Nilla wafers….or so I’ve been told), then left over unfrosted cupcakes.

Red-Velvet-iced     Mini-Red-Velvet-iced

They balance nicely together as the cupcake isn’t terribly sweet and the frosting is extremely sweet. The cream cheese and the cocoa are the most distinct flavors, depending on how heavily you frost.

Notes: I judged these cupcakes on the minis, as that’s what the recipe called for.

Red-Velvet-top     Mini-Red-Velvet-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 17.5

RECIPE

Red Velvet Cupcakes (recipe from Hoosier Homemade)

Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oil {vegetable or canola}
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon No-Taste Red gel paste {No-taste is important}
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 oz {1/2 package} cream cheese, softened
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar, depending on consistency
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk or cream

For directions visit Hoosier Homemade.

*Tomorrow: Cherry Coconut Cupcakes*

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