Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a classic cupcake but there are hundreds of variations. In my opinion this is the easiest and most effective recipe to try out for your first time making them.

The Ingredients:

The Cupcake:
250g Plain Flour
120g Butter
250ml Butter Milk
290g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
5 tbsp Coco Powder
2 tbsp Red Food Colouring
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence
0.5tsp Salt
1.5tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
1tbsp Vinegar

The Frosting:
400g Cream Cheese
100g Butter
250g Icing Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract/Essence

The How-To:
This might seem a bit of a back to front recipe but we need to make the frosting first to allow it to chill in the fridge. Cream the butter and cream cheese together in a bowl, mix in the vanilla and slowly add the icing sugar until well combined. cover the bowl and place in the fridge for an hour to set a bit harder.

Now for the cupcakes. We need to preheat the oven to 180c
Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth, add the eggs one by one.
Mix in the food colouring, buttermilk and vanilla.
Stir in the bicarbonate of soda and and vinegar.
In a separate bowl sieve the flour, coco powder and salt together.
Slowly add the flour mix to the wet mix making sure well combined but not over-stirring.
Place the mix in cupcake cases ( you will be able to make about 18/20 with this mix)
Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 mins and allow to cool completely before frosting.

You’re Done!


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