A good friend of mine had his birthday party yesterday and I wanted to make cupcakes to take to his house. I lobe Red Velvet cake and cupcakes so I decided to make some. And he’s a huge fan of a soccer team – Sporting – and this team’s color is green, so I twisted a bit the recipe and traded the food coloring for a green one. =) Easy and fun =)
My absolute favorite recipe for the Red Velvet Cupcakes is the one from Pinch My Salt. I will make a post just on this website, as it was the website that encouraged me to try new things in what comes to cooking, so I won’t post the whole recipe. I highly recommend checking this website. I’m just gonna do a picture walkthrough of the recipe. It helps to have some pictures to look at while cooking new recipes. Sometimes we have doubts if it’s going well, and looking at the what it should look like at the time really helps.
So, these are the ingredients you will need. =) In Portugal we don’t have buttermilk so I used heavy cream.
The dry mix, with the flour, baking powder and salt, all sifted. It’s really important to sift, even if it’s not with a really small grid sifter. Just sift. =)
The green food coloring and chocolate powder mix. Be extra careful when mixing this and all the way through the end, because food coloring is hard to get out of clothes and your skin. =) I had green spots in my fingers for two days. Great.
And make sure to wash every bowl and spoon and object that you use because as soon as you wash it, the better it will come off.
The batter, after mixing the dry ingredients and the green cocoa. It’s now ready for the baking soda and vinegar part. Check image below. You really want to mix it in the batter gently, without over mixing it. If you do, the cupcakes won’t be as good as you want them. You just want to combine the ingredients.
After the batter is finished, you want to use a ice cream scoop, or in my case, a tablespoon, to fill the cupcake cups. Fill it up to two thirds of the cup. Place them in the oven for about 20-25minutes. Mine took 28 minutes. The pictures below show the cupcakes at 15 minutes in the oven and the finished ones. Some of mine looked a bit funky =) but they tasted great!
When the cupcakes are in the oven you can prepare the frosting. After cooling the cupcakes, you can decorate them as you want. =) Mines looked like this. =) And they tasted really good.
You can play with your favorite recipes and try new things. Don’t be afraid to make something that’s not perfect. Every good recipe today started with a failure or with someone who wasn’t afraid to combine things no one had thought of before.
Have fun cooking!