It’s time for our monthly blog hop challenge! This month, the challenge is to share a favorite family recipe. We’re sharing my sister’s recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Making the recipe as cupcakes means they are easy to share! Making them from scratch means you get the real red velvet taste and texture.
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Almost everyone has their favorite recipe for Red Velvet Cake. There are lots of variations of the recipe that I’ve seen on line. This recipe is one that my sister made every year for Christmas for years. It’s moist and flavorful, so I’ve never seen the need to switch anything up. I’ve been making it for the holidays for years now and while it’s a Christmas favorite, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, too! The taste and texture of a red velvet cake made from scratch is nothing like a mix from a box. I tried one of those-nothing about it tasted like a real red velvet cake. Using a box mix for lots of cakes can be a quick alternative, but to get a true red velvet cake, skip the boxed mix.
For Valentine’s Day, I decided to make cupcakes instead of a cake. This way, I can conveniently share them with friends and family.
Favorite Family Recipe ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes
While the cake is delicious, the butter cream frosting is definitely “icing on the cake!” I use this recipe for almost all cakes I make. For a red velvet cake, I combine pecan chips with the frosting, but for cupcakes, I sprinkled mixed nuts on top on some of them.
One of the fun parts about making a velvet cake is that you can make it any color you’d like. Want a Green Velvet Cake for St. Patrick’s Day? A Pink Velvet for Easter? An Orange Velvet for Halloween? Since the coloring doesn’t alter the taste or texture of the cake, it can be any color you want.
If you’re looking for a dessert or delicious cupcakes, you can’t go wrong with this recipe!
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Favorite Family Recipe ~ Red Velvet Cupcakes From Scratch
Red Velvet Cupcakes
- 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Cocoa
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Canola Oil
- 1 tsp White Vinegar
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Buttermilk
- 1 One Ounce Bottle Red Food Coloring
- 1/2 Cup Butter softened
- 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese softened
- 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cup Chopped Nuts optional
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cupcake pan with baking cups.
Sift flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt together.
Cream sugar and eggs together in large mixing bowl.
Alternately add small amounts of the dry mixture to the mixing bowl along with small amounts of buttermilk. Start and end with the dry ingredients.
Beat on medium speed for two minutes.
Pour batter into baking cups. Fill each cup about 2/3 of the way full.
Make sure to get rid of any air bubbles by lightly dropping the pans onto a dish cloth on a counter.
Bake for 15 minutes. Use a toothpick to test for doneness. Return to oven for 2 minutes if needed.
Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely on wire racks before frosting.
Allow butter and cream cheese to soften.
Sift powdered sugar.
Cream butter and cream cheese.
Add sugar, 1/2 cup at a time to mixture. Beat on medium to blend.
Add vanilla to mixture. Stir with large spoon to incorporate into the frosting.
If the frosting is too thick, add a small amount of milk and mix. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar and mix.
If you want to have some colored frosting, separate the frosting and add drops of food coloring. Stir until well combined. Add frosting to icing bags or use a freezer bag with the tip cut off. Generously frost each cupcake. Sprinkles nuts on top.
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