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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Have I told you that I love to make cakes with vegetable oil rather than butter?  I find that the oil makes the cake lighter and very very moist.  I like it even better if it has yogurt or sour cream or buttermilk.  Fantastic ingredient there.  For this recipe, again, it's actually a sandwich red velvet cake but I convert it into cupcakes. This recipe is taken from my newly favorite book called 'Piece of Cake'. It is what it says it is..a piece of cake.  You don't need all the hassle of creaming the fat with sugar or beating the eggs separately.  You just dump everything in a big mixing bowl and beat it up with the mixer.  I'm quite lazy, so I just use a wooden spoon and mix all fine..actually works really fine!

Texture of this cake? It's soft to the point that it's quite springy and very moist.  Not too sweet either.

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
(yields 23 cupcakes)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup red fool coloring (i used 2 tbsp)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp white vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed and beat for 1 min.
Bake at preheated oven at 180d C for 20-30 mins or until done.

Cream Cheese Frosting (i made lemon cream cheese frosting)
makes 3 cups (750 ml)

2 1/2 cups icing sugar
500g cream cheese, softened
125g butter, softened
1 tbsp vanilla extract (for lemon version, omit vanilla and replace with 2 tsp lemon zest and 3 tbsp lemon juice)

Mix all together and beat with an electric mixer till combine. Spoon frosting into piping bag with rosettes nozzle, pipe a swirl on cupcakes.  This recipe definitely is a keeper! I have a feeling that there'll be a request to make this again.
My neighbour as usual, is very happy to receive some and a few of my colleagues will be happy as well when I bring this over to the office tomorrow...:D


  1. What lovely cupcakes!! The pics piping the frosting over the cupcakes looks great and helpful for a novice like me!! :)
    I too prefer oil over butter and love yoghurt or sour cream in my baked goodies.

  2. Wow...that's a seriously red cake!! It looks great...particluarly striking with the contrasting buttercream colour!! I also like baking, sourcream and gives the cakes a great taste!!

  3. YUM! Looks very tempting & lovely with white frosting! I like to use yogurt & oil too in my baking. It does give the moist texture to the cake & this recipe sounds good. Love the idea off just dump everything in a bowl & mix!! I love easy & piece of cake recipe too! hehehe :)

  4. oooh...looks absolutely delicious!

  5. wow my cupcakes always end up very horrible - too tall or short or with cracked tops - yours look absolutely perfect! and it's such a lovely red color too!

  6. send me some please. these are perfect treat for any occasion.

  7. Look amazing, I hope this cupcakes are delicious too!

  8. cupcakes look soft n delicious...loved it!

  9. These look like they have a fantastic crumb! I love red velvet! So tasty! I'm new to you blog and I'm going to peek around! Have a great weekend!

  10. wow, they look great and i also like that they reached to just the brim of your liners! i really like the idea of dumping everything in a bowl and mix it all, i know abt this book but i dont hv it, hv to stop buying books at the moment!

  11. Yummy, that looks great. Can I have one, please :)

  12. Jakie piekne te babeczki! Moge jedną?

  13. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  14. Heavenly, simply heavenly. I would love just one with my morning coffee:)

    Thanks for sharing...

  15. Thank you my fellow bloggers. Each and every comment I receive is very much appreciated and thank you for taking time in dropping by. Cheers to all and have a great week!

  16. Thanks for sharing with your ex-colleagues too!

  17. These really do look wonderful and they sound drop-dead delicious. I've bookmarked this recipe and will try it next time I have a gang in the house. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  18. These cupcakes look delish! Great photo's. Blessings...Catherine

  19. your red velvet cupcake looks just awesome. love that frosting

  20. I am so craving cream cheese frosting right now!!

  21. Those cup cakes look so delicious and yummy.
    I like you blog and I joined your site.
    My daughter loves red velvet cup cakes and cream cheese frosting.
    I am going to cook your recipe as soos as possible.
    I am from Turkey. İf you visit my blog, ı will be happy.
    Thank you for sharing the recipes.
    With my best wishes, Pırıl.


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