Thursday, February 5, 2009

Red Velvet Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

A friend, Stephanie, posted this recipe on Facebook and it looks yummy and festive. I thought many of you mom's might like to try it for Valentine's Day. Here's her post:

This is a recipe I found in my Runner's World magazine actually. I made them as a practice to see how good they were & had to throw some away because otherwise we would have eaten them ALL. They are delicious!!! The recipe actually came from the owners of a NYC bakery. Also, here are the nutrition facts per cupcake: 290 calories, 35g carbs, 3 g protein, and 16g fat.

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups cake flour (I used all purpose)
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup veg. oil (I used Olive)
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. red food coloring (I used less)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese (one bar)
1/2 lb. unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Heart shaped cupcake toppers or colored sugar/sprinkles

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 12 cupcake muffin tin with wrappers.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Mix wet ingredients separately.
4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together.
5. Fill tins up 2/3 way with batter.
6. Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
7. Frosting: mix butter & cream cheese until smooth.
8. Slowly mix in confectioners sugar. Add vanilla.
9. Frost using a piping bag with a star tip or small spatula.
10. Sprinkle with decorations.
Makes 24 cupcakes. Enjoy!

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