2.22.2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes for a Bridal Shower

I am also over at Leeann's blog talking about my favorite fashion obsession!
On Saturday, I attended my friend, Michelle's bridal shower and I was asked to make cupcakes and her favorite cake she said is red velvet so red velvet cupcakes it was! The colors of her shower were black, purple and silver and the theme was heels and the perfect fair. To decorate the cupcakes, I picked cupcake liners and I got some purple sprinkles. I wanted to do a chocolate high heel, I found a mold at my local cake decorating place so each of the cupcakes had a chocolate high heel for decoration!
For the red velvet cupcakes, which turned out light and not dense so this recipe is a winner in my book although it can be a little involved.

First, gather together your ingredients: 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 oz. red food coloring (two bottles)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature, 1 teaspoon white vinegar
and 1 teaspoon baking soda. 
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and and put in the cupcake liners in your cupcake pan. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder and salt. In a shallow bowl, combine the cocoa and red dye into a paste and set it aside. 


In your mixing bowl, cream the butter, then add in the white sugar and mix these two ingredients together for 3 minutes, it should be fluffy and creamy.


 Add in the eggs, one at a time and do a beating of the batter in between each addition of egg.


 Pour in the vanilla and the red dye/cocoa paste.

 Use your scraper on the ends of the bowl because you will need it to fully incorporate the red dye into the batter. Get the flour mixture and the buttermilk, and add in one third of the flour mixture to the batter then half of the buttermilk, another 1/3 of the flour, the rest of the buttermilk and following the remaining amount of flour mixture. Beat the batter in between each addition and again scrape around the sides of the bowl fully incorporating all the ingredients.

 In another small bowl, add in the baking soda and the white vinegar, you are making a science experiment :-). Remember the vinegar will fizz up!

Add these ingredients to the batter and give it a final good mix, then fill the cupcake liners until they are 2/3rd full.  



Pop your cupcakes into the oven and let them cook for about 15 minutes and test them with a toothpick at the 15 minute mark. If the toothpick comes out clean, then take the cupcakes out and let them cool. If a bit of the batter sticks to the toothpick, let them cook a bit longer.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, you are ready for your cream cheese frosting!
For the cream cheese frosting, you need 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened, 12 0z. of cream cheese, room temperature, 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. 
In your mixing bowl, cream the butter, then add in the cream cheese and mix these two ingredients until fluffy. 
Add in the vanilla extract and mix. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, mixing the ingredients together before the next cup of powdered sugar.
 Once the powdered sugar is completely added, get the frosting one last good mix and then frost the top of the cupcakes and decorate as you wish!


Recipe and frosting  found here and here

57 comments:

  1. Those are darling! Love the high heels!! Red Velvet is super yummy. Our local yogurt shop just starting making red velvet yogurt...oh so good (and a bit more heathly, yes please!)

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  2. Could these be ANY cuter?!
    No I don't think so :)

    Red velvet is one of my weaknesses!

    xo

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  3. What a great idea for a shower! These are so pretty!

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  4. Wow! These look so great! Super cute : ) I'm already married, but someday when I have a baby shower, I might have to come to you for cupcakes!

    Jenn

    passengerseatperspectives.blogspot.com

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  5. You always make me hungry.... for sweets!! Not good ha!

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  6. Red velvet is my FAVORITE!!! And I love the heels, so cute!

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  7. Awww... Those are adorable! The shoe topper is darling and I bet your friend was delighted to have such lovely cupcakes! :)

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  8. you make me want to put on an apron and bake something. those cupcakes look amazing! loving the stiletto touch! and i kinda want to take a bite, now.

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  9. Those are fantastic!! I love the chocolate shoe touch at the top, you're so talented. They look delicious, I'd take one right away!

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  10. Those are adorable, I love the chocolate shoes!

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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  11. too stinkin cute!!!! the chocoloate shoes are presh!!!

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  12. I bet everyone at the party LOVED them. Those shoes on top are so fun!

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh my goodness! That looks delicious and amazing...would you deliver? All the way to South Africa? hahaha

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  14. So adorable! And delicious looking!

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  15. Those are cute and look yummmy!

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  16. These turned out great and look delicious :) I might have to steal this recipe for the next time I have a cupcake craving- it doesn't look too hard

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  17. Great job. I can never turn down homemade treats, and yours look so delicious.

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  18. Oh how I love red velvet. This are so darling. I love the little chocolate shoes on top. :)

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  19. mmmm red velet are my fave! We made some for valentines day adn they were delish

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  20. Oh and I LOVE the finishing touch. How adorable is that?!

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  21. OMG! These looks AMAZING!! And I love the shoes on top! So perfect for a shower!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  22. Red velvet cupcakes are my FAVORITE! Usually my kitchen ends up looking a murder scene because I get the dye everywhere.

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  23. Oh, I forgot to mention earlier that I tagged you on my blog today...no pressure =)


    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  24. Red Velvet is my daughters favorite, but I have actually never made it. I think its time! You have definitely inspired me, these look yummy. xo

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  25. How cute are those?? And I bet they tasted amazing!

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  26. Oh my those are too cute! You are so talented!

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  27. Those are super cute! Red Velvet is my favoriteee! These are perfect cupcakes! Red velvet+chocolate+sprinkles+cream cheese frosting, come on now get outta here!

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  28. YUM! These look so good! Thanks for sharing meg!

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  29. Very lovely! You did an amazing job! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe as well!

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  30. Those are so cute and delicious looking! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  31. yum! I love red velvet and I make it every year for Valentine's Day. Where did you get those chocolate heels?! they are so cute!

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  32. Those are adorable! I love the purple and the high heel topper. You are so clever. :)

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  33. These look so adorable and cute!!! Very-impressive!

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  34. Meg! These are perfect! So adorable!! They seriously look professional. Great job :)

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  35. looks delicious! you are seriously the dessert-making queen!

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  36. I love red velvet and the chocolate heel on top was such a cute addition! Thanks for sharing!

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  37. These look so delicious! Red velvet is Rob's favorite, but I've never made it for him! His mom always does it! I will have to use this recipe sometime to surprise him. The chocolate heel is such a fantastic topper--so cute! :)

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  38. how adorable! and they look scrumptious. that must have been a fun bridal shower. xo

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  39. Those look so incredibly delicious! Wish I was better at baking..
    You blog is lovely, I'll follow :)

    xx, Susann
    Fashion in Pepperland

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  40. KB is a huge red velvet fan - I'm definitley going to make these for him soon.

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  41. These look delicious! Yum! I've only had red velvet cupcakes once and they were divine!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm a new follower:)

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  42. These cupcakes look so good! You are always making something delicious up in your kitchen!

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  43. Very cute cupcakes! You know I have never tried red velvet before! xo

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  44. These look sooooo good! Yummy in my tummy!

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  45. Red velvet! From scratch!? I'm super impressed! I'm a lazy bum and always short cut bake (aka from the box). These turned out so cute, and I bet they tasted even better than they looked ;) Happy Thursday, Meg!

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  46. Oh my gosh these are SO cute! And I just love red velvet!

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  47. love it, thanks for sharing the goods!

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