I was always intimidated by cream cheese frosting so I never got around to making anything which I could use it on... but then A super close friends birthday came along and I decided to try something special... (also because I had cream cheese at home :) )
So here's my recipe with a few tweaks (from lanka)
Best Red Velvet Cupcakes
This recipe for originally adapted from Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, which is pretty neat… (however I stole it from the internet) J
This recipe makes one dozen cupcakes. Double the recipe and you’ll have either two dozen cupcakes, or enough batter to make 2 9-inch layer cakes. Which is quite awesome?
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used motha cocoa powder)
- 2 Tablespoons red food coloring (unless you want to buy wilton gel paste which is awesome, I used starbrand food colouring)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk OR 1 cup Yogurt
- 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda OR 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes on a low speed. Turn mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.
Spoon batter into a paper lined cupcake baking pan and bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean.
Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them of a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
The original recipe calls for ground cinnamon powder but since I'm not a big fan I used my own recipe.
double the recipe to frost a 2 layer 9-inch cake
- 1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
- 3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 2 ounces cream cheese, cold
- dash of Milk
- Pinch of salt
Add the cream cheese all at once and beat on medium to medium-high until incorporated.
Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for 5 minutes, or until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.
Do not over-beat as the frosting can quickly become runny.