I saw the cutest cupcakes on Tastespotting the other day and was reminded that I have been meaning to try to make red velvet cake for a long time now. Here's the thing with me and cakes though, I have yet to bake a non-,ix cake that didn't "flop" in some way.
So, frosting is a great thing. The cake still tastes great, it just doesn't always do what I want it to. This time though I think I just over-filled the cups. Anyway, as attempts go, I'll call this one a success.
So, for Arfi's Cupcakes Spectacular 2008 Event I thought I would send her these little mini red velvet cupcakes.
I based the recipe off of the Lady's version, after all, who better to learn about the art of southern grace than the Great Lady herself.
I hope that Paula would approve.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
(Adapted from recipe by Paula Deen)
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter (1/2 cup or 8 oz), at room temperature
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 ounces red food coloring
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons sour cream
4-ounces cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste (or extract)
1/2-pound confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well. Add the sour cream and mix well. Mix cocoa and food coloring together and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
Scoop batter into 12 lined cupcake cups.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from heat and cool completely before frosting.
Blend cream cheese and butter together in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla and blend. Top the cupcakes as desired and garnish with a light dusting of cocoa powder and a pecan half.
Then just take a big bite and enjoy the spoils!