Red Velvet cupcakes… because Valentines Day, which is stupid but it’s going to be 20 below zero so why not bake?

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I avoid Hallmark holidays as a rule. I went along with the whole Elementary school bullshit of buying my kids cheap cards at the drug store to hand out to their class, once or twice I might have been bored enough to even sit down and make homemade valentines with them… but I’m not really sad that they’ve outgrown it. That being said, it’s February and I want cake, even if it uses copious amounts of food coloring.

So this weekend while we find projects inside to entertain us so we don’t think about the fact that we have several more weeks of this weather, why not make cupcakes so when you give in to the Netflix binge on the couch with a blanket at least you’ve got something yummy to eat!

Red Velvet Cupcakes (makes 24)… because who would take the time to make 12 when you can make 24?

  • 1 stick butter at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 container red food dye
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups and 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

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  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a mixer with the paddle attachment cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Scrape down bowl.
  4. Stop mixer and add cocoa, salt, food coloring and vanilla extract. Beat on medium until combined.
  5. With mixer on low add 1/2 cup buttermilk, mix until incorporated, add 1/2 flour, mix, add last 1/2 cup buttermilk, mix, and follow with remaining  1/2 flour until smooth.
  6. Add vinegar and baking soda, mix until incorporated.
  7. Fill lined cupcake tins 1/2 full and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove to rack and allow to cool while making the frosting.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

  • one package cream cheese at room temp (8 ounces)
  • one stick butter at room temp
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (you can probably even get away with 3)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. In a mixer with the whisk attachment cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add sugar and vanilla and beat on medium high until light and fluffy.
  3. Pipe or spread on cupcakes
  4. Sprinkle with red sanding sugar or whatever topping you’d like.

Done. Wasn’t that easy? Now reward yourself for time well spent, leave the kitchen a mess and go sit down with your family to watch Harry Potter… it’s cold outside and you deserve it.

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