lip-smacking good: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Red Velvet Cupcakes in some adorable silicone footed cups given to me by a coworker
Red Velvet Cake is one of my favorite desserts. I realize its just chocolate cake with red food dye, but there's a quality about it, a je ne c'est quoi feel to red velvet that sets it apart from chocolate cake. It could be, too, that the cream cheese frosting helps a bit.
A while ago, I decided to try my hand at red velvet cake from scratch, and also made my own cream cheese frosting (a 3rd generation, no fail frosting recipe that will have people talking for weeks). I've also made this frosting when baking sugar cookies and carrot cake.
I used this recipe from Martha Stewart to make the red velvet cake, and ended up making regular and bite-sized cupcakes.
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes
Then, to make the frosting:
1 stick butter (softened) 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese (softened) 1 lb powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1 C coconut (optional. makes it harder to dye the icing, and some people are not huge fans of coconut. the frosting is delicious either way)
Mix together well with mixer. For extra frosting to cake ratio, do one and a half this frosting recipe and you'll have plenty for the cake and some leftover (for spreading on graham crackers, regular crackers, sugar cookies, fruit, cardboard, or eating by the spoonful). I decided to color some of the frosting using some neon pink food coloring I got from the grocery store. Happy baking!