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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

3 hrs 10 mins total time

45 mins active time

Medium

Makes 18

Ingredients


Measurements:

  • 2¾ cups (14½ oz) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (¾ oz) cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 6½ oz unsalted butter

    at room temperature

  • 1½ cups (10½ oz) superfine sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (6¼ oz) sour cream
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring
  • ½ cup (4 fl oz) buttermilk
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp distilled white vinegar

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 2 oz unsalted butter

    at room temperature

  • 8¾ oz cream cheese

    at room temperature

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups (12¼ oz) powdered sugar

    sifted

Instructions

  • 1Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two x 12 cup muffin pans (⅓ cup capacity) with 18 foil or paper baking cups.
  • 2Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  • 3Assemble the mixer using the glass mixing bowl and scraper beater. Put the butter and sugar in the bowl. Slowly turn the mixer to LIGHT MIXING setting and beat for 1 minute then increase the speed to CREAMING/ BEATING setting and beat for 2 minutes until pale and creamy.
  • 4Reduce the speed to LIGHT MIXING setting and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in the sour cream.
  • 5Combine the food coloring and buttermilk in a small jug. Add half the buttermilk mixture to the batter. Beat in half the flour mixture, then repeat with remaining buttermilk and flour mixtures.
  • 6Combine the baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl. Turn the mixer to FOLDING/KNEADING setting and pour the vinegar mixture into the batter. Beat for 20 seconds.
  • 7Evenly divide the batter among the baking cups.
  • 8Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted in center of one cupcake comes out clean.
  • 9Cool in the pans for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 10To make the cream cheese frosting, assemble the mixer using glass mixer bowl and scraper beater. Put the butter, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl. Slowly turn the mixer to CREAMING/BEATING setting and beat for 1 minute until combined. Reduce the speed to FOLDING/KNEADING setting and gradually add the sugar. Once all the sugar has been added, increase speed to CREAMING/BEATING setting and beat until well combined.
  • 11Spread or pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes and serve.