“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”
Harriet van Horne
When I say love, what food do you think of?
Strawberries and champagne.
Anything chocolate (y).
A rich soup, and some crusty bread.
(Wait, was that last one that weird?)
Food and love are so deeply connected.
I cook when I’m in love.
I cook for people I love.
I love what I cook.
I love when I cook.
These cupcakes are special. They’re not everyday. They’re not ordinary.
They’re beautiful. Magical. Lovable.
They’re rich, yet light.
Their gorgeous deep red colour makes me smile every time I lay my eyes on them.
They resound with love.
They make me believe in love.
Make some, won’t you? Share some love 🙂
Red velvet “love” cupcakes
Adapted from: Joy the baker
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
2 tbsp butter
45 g ground sugar
1½ tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp red food colouring
½ tsp vanilla extract
60 ml buttermilk
70 g plain flour, sifted
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tsp white vinegar
For the cream cheese frosting
1½ tbsp butter
30 g cream cheese
60 g icing sugar, sifted
NOTE: This is for a moderate amount. If you like your cupcakes smothered in frosting, by all means up the quantities.
For the red velvet cupcakes
1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. In bowl mix the butter and sugar together well. Crack the egg in the mixture, and stir vigorously.
2. In a separate bowl mix the cocoa powder, food colour, and vanilla extract together. Put this into the egg mixture and stir well again, removing any lumps.
3. Add half the buttermilk and stir. Add half the flour and mix again. Add the remaining buttermilk and flour, and stir until you have a smooth batter.
4. Add the baking soda and vinegar, and mix well one last time.
5. Pour into a tray lined with cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the tray and cool on a wire rack.
For the cream cheese frosting
1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Taste, and add more sugar if you like.
2. Put into a piping bag with a simple rounded tip, and pipe small circles in the centre of the cooled cupcakes.
3. Devour! 🙂
11 thoughts on “Red velvet “love” cupcakes”
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Yum, yum. These look and sound amazing! And it makes me happy that you have a few random “love” foods. Goodness knows I have some, too, including a homemade gumbo and spaghetti and meatballs. 🙂
haha 🙂 I know- they ARE rather random!
I think spaghetti and meatballs should be on my list too 😛
Those look amazing! My food love is anything with melted cheese and onions. They just feel so warm and welcoming.
melted cheese on anything transforms it into comfort food 🙂
Looks alot like love Charis and I am sure they taste amazing! Can’t wait to dig in!
thanks guys 🙂
They were absolutely divine!!! 🙂
Going to try these real soon.
OMG I just took a look at the pictures of your “love” cupcakes, and to put it mildly, they’ve simply taken my breath away! These look overwhelmingly BEAUTIFUL, its too much! aargh!
Mmmmm. Looks lovely. I’m sure they taste just as good!
I was one of the lucky people to eat one of these…and I swear I’ve never had a better ummmmmm anything!! 🙂