I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I've decided to stay in Brisbane this weekend instead of heading up the Sunny coast. The Noosa triathlon is on this weekend and as much as I would love to go and watch a few of my friends compete, (as the bike leg goes right past the bottom of our street) I know it's going to be extremely busy on the wonderful Bruce Hwy coming home on Sunday. I swore last public holiday that I would never attempt the Bruce again when I know there is going to be extra traffic, besides this weekend is kerbside collection time in our area and I need to throw out a heap of old crappola and maybe even spot a vintage item on someone else's pile!
So as I am having a rather domestic weekend in the burb's, I thought I might imagine I'm a domestic goddess and whip up a batch of red velvet cupcakes.
I've been wanting to make these for some time and thought I'd make them for Christmas. So a practice run is in order.
Here are the ingredients:
(I have reduced the icing quantities by half as in my opinion I had way too much left over!)
- 300g (2 cups) plain flour
- 30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
- 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
- 200g unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- 1 tbs white vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tsp red food colouring
- 1 x 250g pkt cream cheese, at room temperature
- 150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar
- 60g butter, extra, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
(The sun was streaming through the kitchen window whilst I was baking so please excuse the photography!)
Preheat oven to 170C. Line muffin pans with paper cases. Sift flour, bi-carb and cocoa into bowl, stir in sugar. Whisk buttermilk,butter,eggs,vinegar & vanilla in another bowl.
Make a well in dry ingredients and add buttermilk mixture. Stir gently until just combined then add food colour (I'm wishing I added 3 tsp for a more vibrant colour)
For the icing use an electric beater to mix cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla. Spread over cupcakes when cool and decorate how you like.
As you can see I'm a bit of an amateur when it comes to design but you can use your imagination and do anything you like. Little christmas trees or bells might be nice for christmas.So there you have it, yummy red velvet cupcakes ready to be devoured by the teens. ( I've saved one to have with a red wine tonight, not sure if that's a good mix but I'm keen to try it).
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, I'm off to check out the piles of junk in the neighbourhood.Bec x