Monday, February 14, 2011

happy valentines day!

What's better on valentines than red velvet cupcakes? nothing. 

maybe a the only thing better is eating red velvet cupcakes in a tent in the living room. 

red velvet cake:
2.5 cups flour
1.5 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cocoa powder
1.5 cups veggie oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

cream cheese frosting:
1 lbs. cream cheese softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract 4 cups powdered sugar
red sprinkles

oven- 350 degrees
line a muffin tip with cupcake liners

in a medium bowl sift together flour sugar baking soda salt and cocoa powder. in a large bowl gently beat oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. add dry ingredients to wet. 

divide the batter evenly among the cupcake papers, about 2/3 filled. bake in the over for about 20-22 minutes. test with toothpick to make sure they're done. cool completely before frosting.

for the frosting: in a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until super smooth. add the sugar one cup at a time on low speed. beat until mixed. increase to high speed until very light and fluffy. 

pipe frosting onto cupcakes, garnish with red sprinkles.  enjoy!!! 

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