I LOVE this cupcake! It’s just so cute and cheerful! It’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at a plate of these guys!! I chose red velvet here because I think it’s fun to do something with them other than just plain old cream cheese icing.
Of course if you don’t feel like going to the trouble of making these from scratch you can always just buy a box of red velvet cake mix. If you can’t find one you can just buy a chocolate cake mix and add the 2 tbsp of red food coloring to that. I know that it takes out some of the mystery but red velvet are really just dyed chocolate cupcakes! Just be sure to pick a lighter colored chocolate mix.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups cake flour 1/4 tsp salt 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1/4 cup butter 3/4 cups sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 tbsp liquid red food coloring 1/2 tsp white distilled vinegar 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp baking powder
Preheat your oven to 350° Mix wet and dry ingredients separately and then combine them by adding the dry ingredients into the wet 1/3 at a time. Pour batter into a Ziploc bag and cut the tip of one corner off. Use the Ziploc to pipe the mix into the cupcake liners. Bake for 18- 23 mins for cupcakes.
I used Basic American Icing and spread it on with a knife making sure that it was relatively uniform. To get the sprinkley finish just fill a bowl with sprinkles and dip the cupcake in rotate it around to be sue the cover all of the icing and then push a cherry into the top to make sure it stays. These are really playful and fun cupcakes and because of the sprinkles they transport well, you never have to worry about bumping the frosting.