Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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 :)

If you put "red velvet" anything in a title...I will try it.  Red velvet is easily my favorite thing ever when it comes to desserts.  Peanut butter and chocolate are a close second, but red velvet takes the cake (pun intended). I found this recipe on my latest obsession: Joy of Baking and then I simply changed it up a little based on what ingredients I had and the fact that I wanted to double the recipe and make 24 cupcakes instead of 12.  Also, I used a different Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Skinny Taste.  When it comes to frosting I like it better when it is light and fluffy.  Plus, this called for less ingredients.  Now, check out my amazing Red Velvet Cupcakes!

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.
Enjoy :)


  1. Mmm red velvet cupcakes are my favorite! Fabulous blog you have, so glad to be your newest follower! xoxo

    1. Thanks! I've gotta say: your blog is one of my favorites! Your healthy recipes and fun stories are always great to see!