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Bringing Home the Bakin'

bake my cake and eat it, too

What is most remarkable about this post is not the described treat, but the post itself.  It has been a loooooooong time since my last post, as I’m sure you all (if people even read this anymore?) noticed.  Now that I’ve got the whole “college thing” under control, I’m hoping to start posting a little more regularly.

Anyway…

Believe it or not, I’ve been asked multiple times to bake red velvet cupcakes, of all things.  So many times I refused…I didn’t see the appeal.  It wasn’t until thoroughly googling the species, and understanding the complexity of it’s flavor, that it even dawned on me that it was an edible treat.  Needless to say, it took a lot of coaxing to get me to make them (probably because of the food coloring), but I’m SO glad that I did.  It was a friend’s birthday, and red velvet is her favorite type of cupcake, and I didn’t want to disappoint.  Everyone seemed to really have liked them.  I think I would have even made Martha Stewart proud.

Red Velvet Cupcakes – Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

Makes 24.

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together cake flour, cocoa, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, whisk together sugar and oil until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in food color and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and whisking well after each. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl (it will foam); add mixture to the batter, and mix on medium speed 10 seconds.
  4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes. Cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen up to 2 months, in airtight containers.
  5. To finish, use a small offset spatula to spread cupcakes with frosting. Refrigerate up to 3 days in airtight containers; bring to room temperature before serving.

Cream Cheese Frosting – Martha Stewart

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 pound (4 cups) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, and then vanilla; mix until smooth. Frosting can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; before using, bring to room temperature, and beat until smooth.
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