Monday, 5 December 2011

Red Velvet cupcakes

I was always fascinated by the red-velvet cake and cupcake recipe. The rich deep red colour with the white cream-cheese frosting. I was looking forward to making it for quite sometime now. Finally I decided to bake it on my daughter's birthday. She is fond of cupcakes and I decided the chocolatey flavour and the bright red colour will be to her liking. I was not wrong :).

I adapted the recipe from joyofbaking. The original recipe makes 12 normal size cupcakes. I used mini-muffin pan. So the normal recipe would have made 36 mini-cupcakes for me. I doubled the original recipe to 72 cupcakes. I served her friends who dropped in for the party and sent some to her school too.

Since this is a chocolate cake, and we do not get cream cheese here easily, I decided to frosted the cupcakes with white-chocolate ganache.

Red Velvet Cupcakes:

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I used Cadbury's)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk (I used 3/4 cup yoghurt + 1/4 cup water)
1/2 tsp red food coloring paste
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line 12 mini-muffin tin with paper mini-cupcake liners.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 
Working quickly, spoon the batter into the 12  muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. Either spread the frosting with a knife or offset spatula, or use a large 1M Wilton open star decorating tip to pipe the frosting.

For the Frosting:
I decided to use the White chocolate ganache frosting recipe from Diana's page.

4 1/2 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar (I pulsed normal granulated sugar for 30-60 seconds in the blender. For 1 cup of granulated sugar, I added 2 tbsp of cornflour before pulsing)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
Pinch of salt

1. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. 
2. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Add the butter and salt and beat until smooth. Stir in the cooled white chocolate. Refrigerate until firm enough to frost the cupcakes, about 30 minutes.

Makes enough to frost 12 normal cupcakes. I did not scale this recipe as I did not plan to make large rosettes or anything. This was sufficient to frost 72 mini-cupcakes. I was in such a rush as the children had already started coming in as I was preparing the frosting. Apologies for this clumsy frosting :(
Verdict: The cake was soft, moist and smooth, very "velvety"; aptly named. The children devoured it. My daughter ate up close to 4 cupcakes, as they were cooling down. The other children picked up one each even before I could start frosting and they could not wait to taste them again with the frosting. This was a hit, just wish I could have made this ahead of time so I could have decorated it better.
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Hasna said...

wanted to try this for so long.. nw i've a recipe !!

Priya said...

They looks super catchy and cute,beautiful looking cupcakes..

PriyaVaasu said...

Superb Color!!!! Cute looking yummy cupcakes!!!!

Jyoti said...

Beautiful colour!

Vidhya Viju Govind said...

i have made this cake before - but never cupcake - i must make an attempt soon :)lovely