I recently got hungry for some red velvet cupcakes. And since I hand't eaten them in years I was a little worried if I had the knack for them. They aren't hard to make, but I find that getting the right mix can be a little tricky.
Well I mixed up fifteen and they were gone before I had a chance to put them away.
I was a little bit disappointed, not because they tasted bad, but because the husband and kids gobbled them up. I only got two out of the set.
It is so nice, that Vintage Baby Showers wrote up a piece about taking them to a bridal shower instead of actual cake. I couldn't agree more. Since I had the opportunity to mix up another set (I actually doubled my recipe) for an office bridal shower. One of the young women that works on the front desk was getting married and she didn't have anybody to throw her a shower. Her biological parents are both dead, they died when she was small and her mother's sister raised her. But the woman passed away last fall. So she was all alone.
The wedding is also going to be small, only the bride and groom, no bridal party so that meant no bridesmaids or maid of honor to get her fixed up. So the women and I went about getting a bridal shower setup on the sly. We had a hard time keeping it under wraps but the boss helped and so we were able to do it in her office. This was a blessing because we would not have been able to do it in the common room, nor in the employee area since she can see both from her desk.
I made the cupcakes and then split it into four portions they were small and I gave them to a couple of other ladies so that we could smuggle them past her. It was a lot of fun when you think about it.
And the cupcakes were a really big hit. I don't know how I would have gotten the same amount of cake into work.
Speaking of cupcakes when you look at the ingredients here you will notice that they are not that complicated. But they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
I use for my cupcake base which is to say I can modify it to find my needs pretty easily:
- 1 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
To make it complete I bake prepare and bake them like this. Though unlike the ingredients this does not vary much from your standard recipe.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a small mixing bowl and a metal whisk in the freezer to chill.
- In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together with whisk, and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add vanilla and oil, beat.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined. Scrap down the side of the bowl.
- In your chilled bowl and with your chilled whisk, whip the cream until you have soft peaks, then whip them for another 30 seconds. Mix about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the batter, then carefully fold in the rest.
- The batter will be thin. Pour batter into a muffin pan prepared with paper liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full.
- Bake cupcakes in pre-heated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until your cake tester comes out clean, but moist.
Yields about 15 cupcakes. I usually double it with no issues which is what I did for the bridal shower in the office.
One thing that I did differently with the ones I made for the bridal shower was that I opted for cream cheese frosting. This is actually something that I had wanted to try for years and years. Well, I have tried it. But only when other people made it. For some reason I always got the impression that it is hard to make.
So I set out and looked for a recipe that I liked. What I found was that there are a lot of different options. And this one in perticular really appealed to me. It was from Sallys Baking Addiction and I can safely say I am addicted.
It was really great and it turned out better than I could have imagined.
I have seen some that people have made, they were rather runny and they ended up soaking the cupcake. That isn't anything for me. I feel that they need to be firm. And since I was driving them to work for the bridal shower it would have been a disaster if they had been any softer!