Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 ounces water
  • 2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
cream cheese frosting
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1⁄2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

1 _ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 cupcake cups or line with paper liners.

2 _ Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

3 _ Add eggs and blend well.

4 _ Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and add to the butter mixture.

5 _ Sift flour and salt togethr into this mixture.

6 _ One at a time, add the following ingredients: buttermilk, vanilla, and water.

7 _ In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and the baking soda. Fold it into the cake batter. Make sure it's incorporated, but don't beat it.


8 _ Pour the batter into the cupcake cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched.

9 _ Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, then turn out of pan and onto a rack to finish cooling completely.

10 _ Cream Cheese Frosting: Blend together the following: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

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