Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

There is nothing I love more than dessert with cream cheese. These cupcakes are delicious especially with a mountain of cream cheese frosting on top! I think these might be the tastiest cupcakes I've ever had...YUM!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 1/4 cup flour, sifted
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk (or regular milk + 1/2 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon red food coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting
8oz cream cheese, softened
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
dash of lemon juice
milk to thin (1 to 2 T. at most)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you don't have buttermilk, mix 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for 10 minutes. In a bowl cream sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Stir in sour cream, buttermilk and food coloring (if you don't use enough food coloring they'll be pink velvet cupcakes)  Mix dry ingredients and stir into wet ingredients. Do not overmix.

Pour batter into muffin cups (makes 15-18 regular size cupcakes or a dozen regular and a pan of mini's). Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla on high until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar. I think lemon juice is the difference between good and great cream cheese frosting. ). Start small and add a bit more until you get the right taste. Thin frosting with milk if necessary. If you frost using a large star tip you'll need a batch and a half of frosting (might as well make it two- it's a great excuse to make something else yummy...

And by the way- these freeze really well! Frost them, and put the whole cupcake pan in the freezer (flash freeze so the frosting doesn't smoosh). Once they're all frozen just put in a freezer bag and thaw whenever you get a craving. They taste just as good as the day you made them!
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