Forenote: Red velvet cupcakes are like fairytale for me. They are the best and you can please pretty much anyone with one of them.
This recipe is inspired from the famous Hummingbird bakery recipes, but I have altered the measurements of cocoa and some other ingredients a bit to cater to more generic tastebuds.
Skill Level: Medium
For the cupcakes
60 g unsalted butter
150 g castor sugar
8 -10 g cocoa powder
20 ml red food colouring (preferably liquid)
½ tsp vanilla essence
120 ml buttermilk
150 g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicorbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp white wine vineger
For the cream cheese frosting :
300 g icing sugar
50 g unsalted butter
125 g cream cheese (I used Philadelpia)
Using a hand held mixer, mix the sugar and the unsalted butter and once both the ingredients are well combined add the egg and continue to blend the mixture on high speed for 3 mins. make a pste of the red coloring liquid, cocoa powder and vanilla essence and add it to the sugar mixture. Mix it well till the red colour is evenly spread. Add about half of the butter milk followed by half of the flour and mix on medium speed and continue to add the rest of teh buttermilk and flour to make a dough with nice smooth consistancy. Add salt, bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and beat on high speed for 3 -4 mins. Divide the mixture into paper cases filling them upto two -thirds, in a muffin tray and bake them for 20 mins at 160degrees in the oven. use a tooth pick to check if the cup cakes are cooked, the tooth pick should come out clean. Leave them to cool completely before handling them.
Blend the butter and sugar in a seperate bowl for the frosting adding the cream cheese untill all the ingredients are well combined. Spoon the frosting on to the cupcakes. You dont have to be neat because the rough peaks of frosting on the cupcakes give a rustic look to the cupcakes.
Decorate the cupcakes as you like but they are fantastic as it is. I just sprinkled some cake crumbs on top which looks great.
Let me know how many hearts have you won with this delicious cupcake!