While I was out registering for my Calligraphy class yesterday, I made a few other stops. Armed with 40% JoAnn coupons, and a 40% Michael's coupon, I thought I'd scout out a few bargains. It's always harder than it sounds. I found a cake pan I "needed" at Michael's. It's a Wilton Crown of Hearts pan. Can't wait to make a cake in it! The cupcakes in the picture above come from the "lots of pop ups" BHG website. I did it, so you don't have to...
Here's the recipe:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

3 eggs
3/4 cup butter
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2-1/4 cups sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1-oz. bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)
1-1/2 cups buttermilk
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. vinegar
Small chocolate heart-shaped cookies (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
1. Let eggs and butter stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 28 2-1/2-inch cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.
2. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium after each. Beat in food coloring on low.
3. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low to medium sped after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. Top with small chocolate cookies, if desired. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 28


greenleaf said...

Adorable cupcakes! Hey, the recipe is almost exactly like my own Granny's red velvet cake.....She may have used sour milk, though, now that I think of it! Ewww.....!
Enjoy this dreary day inside your cottage! ;^)

Janet said...

Thanks for doing the "homework". I won't go to that site unless I am prepared to be stressed. Now to remember to buy red food coloring!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Thank you for the recipe and photo of these wonderful cupcakes. Usually I don't start thinking about Valentine's Day so far ahead, but since blogging I find that each Holiday is enjoyed longer and with more fun. Blessings, Karen

Sandra Evertson said...

Those look absolutely divine! Almost too pretty to eat! Almost!
Sandra Evertson

Heidi (http://journals.aol.com/hwoodred/everyday-cookies/) said...

I've always wanted to make a Red Velvet cake! Now with BHG (that you did the pop-up work for us!) pretty picture and recipe I can try it! Thanks!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

What lovely cupcakes, just lovely! Thanks for sharing the link with us!