Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting

Feb. 13, 2014 ~ Feb. 20, 2014 : Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting, Cinnamon Swirls, and Apple Pie Muffins.

My Task : Grab ingredients, beat the butter and sugar with electric mixer, add the wet ingredients, spoon the batter into muffin tins, frost cupcakes. Clean up – Housekeeper (Sweep the floor, Wipe away counters, and help put away dishes into the right places.)

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Red Velvet Cupcakes : Little versions of classic red velvet cake! Frost with cream cheese frosting or white frosting.

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Ingredients

60 mL Butter

180 mL White sugar

1 Egg

125 mL Buttermilk

15 mL Red food coloring

3 mL Vanilla extract

5 mL Baking soda

250 mL All-purpose flour

40 mL Unsweetened cocoa powder

3 mL Salt

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin pans or line with paper baking cups

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, red food coloring and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and vinegar. Combine the flour, coca powder and salt; stir into the batter just until blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, dividing evenly.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20~25 mins. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter and frost with desired frosting.

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Cream Cheese Frosting : This cream cheese frosting goes great on pumpkin bread, carrot cake, chocolate and cookies. Just four ingredients!

Ingredients

125 mL Cream cheese

30 mL Butter, softened

125 mL Sifted Confectioners’ sugar

2 mL Vanilla extract

Directions

1. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.

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My Opinion of the Lab:

The overall lab went pretty great. They were delicious cupcakes great for Valentine’s day, and fun to decorate and share with others. The cream cheese frosting went very well with the sweetness, but I could’ve added a bit less of the frosting.

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Questions:

How could you use this recipe at home?

At home, I would use this recipe whenever I want to share with family or friends, to take to a party, or if I just feel like baking.

When would you eat it?

I would eat it when I have a craving for a sweet dessert.

Who would you serve it to?

I would serve it to my family and friends.

How could you alter the recipe to make it healthier?

I could use less sugar, less butter and substitute it with greek yogourt, use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, and use beet juice to tint it red.

How could you alter the recipe to make it cheaper?

I could take out the food colouring, use margarine instead of butter, and make my own buttermilk with milk and vinegar.

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Nutritional Info of Ingredients :

Butter

White Sugar

Egg

Sea Salt

Cocoa Powder

Flour

Distilled White Vinegar

Buttermilk

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Other Interesting Links :

Everything You Need To Know About Red Velvet Cake

Chocolate is one of the main ingredients in red velvet cake.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes By Martha Stewart

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Red Velvet Cupcakes in a Jar

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