Valentine's day is coming up. When it comes to valentine's day, I'm not a huge fan...and I'm in a relationship. Typically people who don't like valentine's day are just sad that they don't have a valentine. Not me. I just think it's a really dumb holiday because it isn't actually special. Birthdays, anniversaries, and so forth are special because they are "your day." Valentine's day is a day where everyone has to get PERFECT gift or plan the perfect date and make it super special for your valentine. I think it's just silly. I'm much more into random "Valentine's day moments" where you and your sweetheart just decide to do something special because you love each other. That's special.
However, Valentine's day does mean really pretty desserts and lots of chocolate...
So I guess I'm not completely turned off from Valentine's day. I do love making cute desserts. And so here we go: Red Velvet Cupcakes...the perfect dessert for Valentine's day :)
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup light buttermilk
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
8 oz light cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
For the cupcakes:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pans with 24 cups.
2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder together.
3. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar until light and fluffy. Then, add in the eggs and beat until well combined. Finally, beat in the vanilla until well combined.
4. In a small bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the food coloring. Then, alternate adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk into the wet ingredients in three additions, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just combined.
5. In a small cup, mix the vinegar and the baking soda and quickly fold into the batter.
6. Fill the cupcake cups about 2/3 full and then bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
For the frosting:
1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Finally, mix in the vanilla.