Valentine's Day Cupcakes: Three Lovely Recipes (page 2)


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Updated on Jan 26, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

What You Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

What You Need:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt and sift dry ingredients together three times.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg.
  4. Add 1/4 of dry ingredients to creamed mixture, then approximately 1/4 of buttermilk, alternating until mixed well. Mix in vanilla and food coloring.
  5. Fill lined cupcake pans 1/2 full of batter.
  6. Bake approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool cupcakes in pans for 5 to 10 minutes then remove from pans.  Cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

Confections’ Sugar Frosting

With just milk, sugar and vanilla, confectioners' sugar frosting is easy to make and cupcakes look oh-so- tempting it drizzled over the top of your red cupcakes!

What You Need:

  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

What You Do:

  1. Stir milk into powdered sugar.
  2. Add vanilla.
  3. Drizzle on cooled cupcakes.
  4. You can thicken the frosting with confectioners' sugar or thin it with milk. Use food coloring to tint.
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