Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Hello there! Following on from my 'How To: Mushroom Puff Pasties' post here, today's post is another recipe! This time it is a baking one. I found the recipe for these red velvet cupcakes in Everything Alice by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech. This book is really good, it contains recipes along with other crafty ideas all with the theme of Alice in Wonderland. I would say this recipe could be used for a special occasion, or if you have quite a bit of time on your hands. I wouldn't suggest trying this if you only have a spare hour or so as there's quite a bit to it!

Red Velvet Cupcakes


For the cake
-170g self-raising flour
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-pinch of salt
-2 heaped tbsp cocoa
-1 tsp red food colouring (+water)
-55g unsalted butter
-170g caster sugar
-1 large egg, beaten
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-120ml sourcream or buttermilk
-1/2 tsp white vinegar
-1/2 tsp baking soda

For the icing
-50g butter 
-100g icing sugar


-Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Place cases into tin.
-Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.

-In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder and food colouring and blend together until thick, shiny and with no lumps.

-Cream the butter and sugar together in a separate bowl.

-Slowly add the egg, then the cocoa paste and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
-Add sifted flour and sour cream/buttermilk, stirring in alternate spoonfuls until the mixture is well blended. In a cup mix the vinegar and baking soda and combine this with the cake mixture.
-Spoon the mixture into paper cases. Bake for 20 minutes.

-Once cooled, you can make the icing. Mix the butter (softened) and icing sugar together. I added a few drops of the red food colouring to make the icing pink! If you need more liquid add a drop of milk. Ice the cupcakes, I find using a teaspoon is best as you can swirl it round the whole cake well.

I really enjoyed making these cakes but they were a bit tricky! I wouldn't use this recipe all the time, but I would make them again for a birthday or something. If you have a go at it please tweet/email me a picture! 

Love Jess xxx


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