Thursday, February 14, 2008

She Ate Red Velvet

Nothing says Valentine's Day to a southern girl like red velvet cake. Who better to turn to for a recipe than Paula Deen? Here's her take on the delicious dessert in cupcake form. That beautiful, bright red cake, that gooey cream cheese frosting, I think I'm in love.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen and the Food Network

For the cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

If you're not up for making your own, here's a list of places to get your red velvet on compiled by the folks at Cakespy, a fantastic dessert-centric blog.


  1. Your are correct, our Savannah group had red velvet cupcakes last night for our PreValentine's celebration-- The SoHo is so "in the know"

  2. Happy Valentine's Day SoHo! I love you more than red velvet and I love you more than cake ... so that's a lot.



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