Decadent Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes are a delightful surprise, perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or any special occasion that calls for a touch of elegance. The rich, velvety texture combined with a luscious cream cheese frosting will make these cupcakes a hit at any gathering. 

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Baking time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups (156 grams) all-purpose flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon (7 grams) cocoa powder

3/4 cup (180 ml) vegetable oil

1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk

1 large egg

1 tablespoon (15 ml) red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the frosting:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, softened

8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese, softened

2 1/2 cups (312 grams) powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.

4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.

5. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

7. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

8. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese until creamy, then gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.

9. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them with the cream cheese frosting. Enjoy!

You can find this and more cupcake recipes in my “Cupcake Cookbook: Delicious Treats from My Kitchen to Yours”.

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