Red Velvet Cupcakes


Introduction

Red velvet cupcakes are a classic dessert that can be enjoyed any time of year. They are perfect for special occasions or simply as a treat. These cupcakes are made with a rich, chocolatey cake base, and are covered in a decadent cream cheese frosting. They are finished with a dusting of cocoa powder, giving them a beautiful, velvety appearance.

Ingredients

– 225g self-raising flour
– 170g sugar
– 40g cocoa powder
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
– 125ml vegetable oil
– 2 eggs
– 250ml buttermilk
– 1 tablespoon red food colouring

For the frosting:
– 250g cream cheese
– 125g butter
– 400g icing sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2) Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl.

3) Add the oil and eggs and mix until well combined.

4) Add the buttermilk and food colouring and mix until the mixture is a deep red colour.

5) Divide the mixture evenly between the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

6) To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract together until light and fluffy.

7) Spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes and dust with cocoa powder.

Potential changes & improvements

– For a richer flavour, you could add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cake batter.
– If you don’t have self-raising flour, you can use plain flour plus 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
– These cupcakes can also be made with chocolate frosting instead of cream cheese frosting.

What other food it works well with

These cupcakes are best enjoyed on their own. However, they could be served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Common Mistakes

– Be careful not to overmix the batter, or the cupcakes will be tough.
– Make sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting them, or the frosting will melt.

Nutritional Information

– per cupcake:
– calories: 400
– fat: 19g
– saturated fat: 8g
– carbohydrates: 51g
– sugar: 34g
– protein: 4g

Allergens

– eggs
– milk
– wheat
– soy


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