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Red Velvet Cupcake

Posted: March 27, 2015
Categories: Desserts

When foods were rationed during World War II, bakers used boiled beet juices to enhance the color of their cakes. Beets are found in some red velvet cake recipes, where they also serve to retain moisture. Adams Extract, a Texas company, is credited with bringing the red velvet cake to kitchens across America during the time of the Great Depression by being one of the first to sell red food coloring and other flavor extracts with the use of point-of-sale posters and tear-off recipe cards. (Source: Wikipedia)

There are many different versions of the origin of Red Velvet Cake but the truth is still a mystery. The rumored birthplace of the original recipe hovers between Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and Eaton’s department store bakery in Canada. I think I’m going to go with New York.

History aside, a proper Red Velvet Cupcake should be moist and soft, the flavor of cocoa is present but subtle. Cream cheese frosting should be light and fluffy and is a ‘must’ topping to complete the cake.

Some people might be concerned about the red food coloring present in the recipe. My take is, unless you ingest bottles of it by yourself daily, I wouldn’t be so freaked out as I would be with MSG.

 

Ingredients:

Cupcakes
6 tbsp (84 g) butter – soften at room temperature
¾ cup (150 g) caster sugar
1 egg
2 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp red food color
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
¾ cup (168 ml) whole milk
1 1/4 cup (175 g) all purpose flour – sifted
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

ingredients for red velvet cupcakes

ingredients for red velvet cupcakes

Vanilla Exract, Cocoa Powder, Red Velvet Emulsion. I got these ingredients from Kitchen Capers

From left to right: vanilla extract, cocoa powder, red velvet emulsion. I got these ingredients from Kitchen Capers.

Frosting
8 oz (225 g) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (65 to 67°F)
4 cups (455 g) icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract

Makes 12 cupcakes

Recipe source: Yum Sugar 

 

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy for approximately 3 mins.

how to make red velvet cupcake

 

Add in egg and beat at low speed until combined.

how to make red velvet cupcake

 

In a small bowl, mix together cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring.

Add to the batter and mix at a low speed.

how to make red velvet cupcake

 

Add the salt to the milk and stir well.

how to make red velvet cupcake

 

In 3 batches, add in the flour and milk to the batter. Mix at low speed until the mixture is smooth.

how to make red velvet cupcake

 

In a small saucer, mix the vinegar with baking soda and add to the batter immediately. Fold well with a spatula.

how to make red velvet cupcake

This acid reaction is responsible for the moist and fluffy texture of the cake. :-)

Using a ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the batter equally into a muffin tray lined with muffin cups. Bake for 18 – 20 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out smooth. Let them cool on a cooling rack completely.

how to make red velvet cupcake

For the frosting: 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; beat cream cheese and butter on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. On a low speed, slowly mix in icing sugar until well combined. Then beat on a high speed for at least 2 minutes to ensure a light and fluffy frosting.

Transfer frosting into a plastic piping bag fitted with a metal tip. Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before piping the frosting on each cupcake.

cream cheese frosting

Refrigerate for at least an hour for the frosting to set.

best red velvet cupcake

red velvet cupcake

red velvet cupcake

 

 

Full Instructions:

For the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed until light and fluffy for approximately 3 mins. Add in egg and beat at low speed until combined.

In a small bowl, mix together cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add to the batter and mix at a low speed. Add the salt to the milk and stir well. In 3 batches, add in the flour and milk to the batter. Mix at low speed until the mixture is smooth. In a small saucer, mix the vinegar with baking soda and add to the batter immediately. Fold well with a spatula.

Using a ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the batter equally into a muffin tray lined with muffin cups. Bake for 18 – 20 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out smooth. Let them cool on a cooling rack completely.

For the frosting: 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment; beat cream cheese and butter on medium to high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. On a low speed, slowly mix in icing sugar until well combined. Then beat on a high speed for at least 2 minutes to ensure a light and fluffy frosting.

Transfer frosting into a plastic piping bag fitted with a metal tip. Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before piping the frosting on each cupcake.

 

 

 

Rachelle

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16 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cupcake

  1. Hi Rachelle
    Thank for the reply but I will like to know where to get the muffin tray from. I went to Giant and Phoon Huat but they do not have muffin trays of that size. Sorry for the many questions but I am really keen to try out the recipe but can’t seem to fnd a muffin tray of the correct size.

  2. Is your muffin tray the mini muffin 12 cups type measuring 260mm × 20mm × 25mm? The upper diameter is abt slightly less than 2 inches. Bottom diameter is abt 1 inch. Wanted to buy from Phoon Huat but the tray looks really small compared to the cupcakes in your photo.

  3. Hi not too sure if this is the right place to post but I have a question WRT the Red Velvet Cupcakes that I would like to ask. Pls let me know how I can ask my question. Many thanks.

      1. Hello Rachelle, thank you for your reply.

        Ok, it’s my first time baking red velvet cupcakes, I followed your recipe, my cupcakes turned out nice & moist, texture was fantastic. Cream cheese frosting was yummy too. The only problem I have is the base of my cupcakes tasted bitter, even though my cupcakes are not burnt. Are you able to advise why is ther a bitter taste?

        Many thanks in advance.

        1. Hmm…it shouldn’t be the case. From what I know, the alkaline substance in baking soda might cause bitterness if used in large quantity but the acid in the apple cider vinegar will counteract the effect. I’m not too sure why the base tasted bitter. :-(

          1. Hi Rachelle, than you for your reply. I will try again till I succeed, perhaps with lesser baking soda. Actually the cupcakes were awesome, just duno why the base tatted bitter. :-( Any other pointers for me?

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