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Red Velvet Cupcakes
Sun 16-Sep-12
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Terrier
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As promised

Using electric mixer, blend 60g of room temperature unsalted butter with 150g caster sugar until light & fluffy, add 1 egg and beat until well mixed.

I a separate small bowl or cup  mix together 10g good quality cocoa powder with about 20ml of red food colouring (just over 1 tbsp) and half tsp of vanilla extract to make a thick paste.

Add to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. slowly dribble in 120ml of buttermilk (or sour cream mixed with a little milk). Add 150g plain flour in 2 stages, beating between each stage. Beat all together until you have a nice smooth mixture, then add half tsp salt, half tsp bicarb of soda & 1.5tsp white wine vinegar. beat gently until mixed in, then continue for a couple of minutes at high speed.

Spoon into paper cases (12) and bake for 20-25 mins. (170 deg C, Gas 3)

Decorate with a cream cheese icing made with 125g full fat cream cheese, 50g unsalted butter & 300g icing sugar beaten together.

Mon 17-Sep-12
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Might give these a go, interesting combination. Is it a gooey finish? Cannot get sour cream so I would have to sour it with lemon which may make a difference to the finish or taste. Will also look for food coloring when I shop tomorrow.

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Mon 17-Sep-12
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Hi Terrier,

 

Many thanks for this recipe.  Can I ask if the finished result is actually red?  I tried another recipe yesterday (from Outsider Tart's cookbook) and despite having an obscene amount of red food colouring in it, the cupcakes came out a light shade of brown (and a disappointingly insipid flavour too).

 

For this occasion we are going for high impact cupcakes...they need to be RED wink

Mon 17-Sep-12
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Rob, I think it depends on the quality of the red food colouring, Mine were definitely red, the book recomends the Dr Oetker colouring, but I can't recall what I used. just add a bit more if you want to bwe certain, it's not going to make a massive change to the texture.  Good luck

Mon 17-Sep-12
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Aly, wouldn't creme fraiche be a good substitute for sour cream?

Maybe worth a try?

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Tue 18-Sep-12
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Good idea! I use creme fraiche a lot. Always a tub in the fridge!

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Tue 18-Sep-12
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Originally red velvet cakes were made with boiled & grated beetroot to get the colour. I had it in the USA once or twice & it's texture is more like a carrot cake. Here's a recipe that you can use for cupcakes or a single cake.

 

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Tue 18-Sep-12
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Thanks Hattie.  I have now made the carrot cake cupcakes (aimed for 24, ended up with 48).  Now I need to go buy more flour then will attempt the lemon cupcakes.  Also need to make the lemon curd to fill them.  Tomorrow I attempt the red velvet cupcakes again and then ice all of these little monsters as they are hopefully being collected tomorrow night.  THEN I can get myself and the house cleaned up, pack my suitcase and be ready to fly out the following morning.

Wed 19-Sep-12
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So what is the purpose of all these buns Rob?

 

Sorry Aly, didn't see your question, yes as Val said they are the texture of a carrot cake type bun

Wed 19-Sep-12
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Terrier said:

So what is the purpose of all these buns Rob?

 

 

The birthday of one of Rob's friend I believe.

I'll try that again!

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Blumming quotes!  They tick I off no end.  Humph.

I'll try that again!

Fri 21-Sep-12
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cheers TA

Sat 22-Sep-12
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Terrier said:

 

Sorry Aly, didn't see your question, yes as Val said they are the texture of a carrot cake type bun

 

Jan - I think it was Hattie ....... I just suggested creme fraiche instead of sour cream to Aly.

No worries. ok

Perhaps you need a lie-down - only joking !!!!!  big_laugh   big_laugh   big_laugh

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Never mind the lie down I need a drink! big_laugh

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