Monday, September 19, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes: Secret Recipe Club

Day 262.

It's  Secret Recipe Club reveal day again! This month I got a delicious challenge, a baking blog. Those of you who follow regularly know that I occasionally bake...but am not a big baker of sweets. Usually I do muffins or breads rather than cupcakes or cakes. So, when I first received my assignment for Betcha Can't Eat Just One as my Secret Recipe buddy, I thought about going the easy route (for me) and recreating her bread or pizza crust. That is, until I saw Red Velvet Cupcakes. My husband and I are huge fans of red velvet cake. We almost always share one on our birthdays (they're a day apart). But that's usually the kind that comes out of a box. So, my arm appropriately and happily twisted, I decided to make these delicious-looking cupcakes.

Be sure to also check out the Meatless Monday Link-up today.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • 3 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temp.
  • 6 tablespoons red food colouring (I used natural vegetable-based coloring)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (I subbed milk with lemon juice)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins (for 24 muffins) with paper liners. Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy (or about 5 minutes)  Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl often
In another bowl, combine the food coloring, cocoa and vanilla.  Add it to the batter and mix well.

Stir the salt into the buttermilk and add it to the batter alternating with the flour.  Beat after each addition until all of the ingredients are incorporated and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula.
In a small bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar with the baking soda and mix it into the batter until combined.
Scoop batter into lined muffin cups about 1/2 full.

Bake for roughly 20 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched.

Let cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.  Add the vanilla followed by the powdered sugar (1 cup at a time) and beat until light and fluffy.

Pipe onto cupcakes using a large star tip (or, if you're not a regular baker, like me, cut the corner off of a zippered bag and squeeze onto the cupcake top).

The Results
Drool. These are delicious. I'm pretty proud of how they turned out, especially since I'm not prone to baking sweets. The cake itself is incredibly light and fluffy and the frosting is just delicious. They aren't nearly as pretty as Katie's Oh Canada Cupcakes, but the tasty is the important part, right?

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  1. What pretty cupcakes!!! I've never tried red velvet cake before and now I know I'm missing out on something!

  2. How fun that you got to make your favorite kind of cake for SRC! Those cupcakes look delicious.

  3. I always buy my red velvet cake too... but these look simple enough - maybe I'll try them out for my birthday in a couple of weeks...

  4. What a great reminder, I think when I posted that recipe was the last time I ate red velvet cake! THe cupcakes look fantastic :)


  5. Way to step out of your comfort zone too! These look delicious.

  6. Stopping by from group B. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Great Post! Great job on the red velvet cupcakes!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Avocado Omelet

  7. They really were delicious and surprisingly easy to do. Thanks again for the recipe, Katie. And thank you all for the kind words. Such yummy recipes all around today.

  8. Looks Delicious!!! GREAT SCR CHOICE!

  9. My roommates and I have been talking about making red velvet desserts, I think this is a sign that we NEED to now! Happy SRC reveal day, check out my post at =)

  10. The cupcakes look delicious.

    I'm definitely not a baker - I'm afraid of what would happen when I bake. I'm too much in to "winging it." Baking is a science and frowns on that.

  11. Love the look of those red velvet cupcakes! For someone who doesn't bake, they turned out beauftifully!

  12. Beautiful cupcakes! Red velvet is one of my favorites.

  13. These look yummy, Kristi. And your Squash and Kale Pizza was tasty. :) The SRC is really fun!

  14. Mmmmm, who doesn't love a good red velvet cake? Looks amazing! Just doing a little Secret Recipe Club surfing. So glad it brought me to your great little piece of cyber space!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  15. You can never go wrong with red velvet and your cupcake looks delicious.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  16. "Results: Drool" - haha!! Don't knock yourself - your cupcakes turned out great!

    This is my first time joining the SRC. I hope you'll stop by and visit.


  17. Red Velvet Cupcakes are my ALL-TIME favorite and I have yet to bake them! YUM!

    Thanks for being in my Group for the SRC, if you haven't already take a look at my PW Chicken Pot Pie.

  18. Yum! Looks great -- I'm loving SRC, so many new recipes to try!

  19. Red velvet is one of my fave kinds of cakes/cupcakes! So glad you tried your hand at baking so we could see this delish creation! I'm not a big baker either but have been trying to change that lately. Great SRC pick!

    Check out my post if you like :)

  20. Stopping by from SRC. Your recipe looks delicious!

  21. Yum - I'm not much of a baker either, but these look delicious. Actually I have never had red velvet cake - maybe I need to try :-)

  22. Red Velvet cupcakes always look so great!

  23. Visiting from Melt In Your Mouth Hop. Please return the favor. Also, Mom Blog Society is looking for recipes to feature on our site. We would love to feature you blog. Come on over if you are interested, I will be watching for you. You Can be featured more than once TOO!

  24. These cupcakes look so crazy good! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Here is my post from group C -