You may have noticed my Red Velvet Cupcakes in my last post for the Perfect Valentine’s Night In last week. They’re the perfect treat for Valentines Day so I wanted to share the recipe I used with you all in case you’d like to make some for tomorrow. I found the recipe on Red Magazine online, and is from the Hummingbird Bakery too!
- 60 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 150 g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 20 g cocoa powder
- 40 ml red food colouring (I also added a tube of red gel colouring!)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 120 ml buttermilk
- 150 g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1½ tsp white vinegar
- 1 x 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases
- 300 g icing sugar, sifted
- 20 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 125 g cream cheese, cold
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
- Put the butter and the sugar in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy and well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed, slowly add the egg and beat until everything is well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla extract to make a very thick, dark paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined and coloured (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Turn the mixer down to slow speed and slowly pour in half the buttermilk.
- Beat until well mixed, then add half the flour and beat until everything is well incorporated. Repeat this process until all the buttermilk and flour have been added. Scrape down the side of the bowl again. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until you have a smooth, even mixture. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well mixed, then turn up the speed again and beat for a couple more minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting by beating the icing sugar the remaining 20g of the unsalted butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat it until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least five minutes. Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
- Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the cream cheese frosting on top.
I covered the whole of the top of the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting using a piping bag, which kept the cupcakes incredibly moist for a whole week. I also added some edible red glitter that I picked up in Hobby Craft.
Have a lovely Valentine’s weekend!