Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Erica's Kitchen: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Zesty Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting #WeekendBaking

I LOVE Red Velvet Cupcakes, and I used to make another version that was a slight twist on the usual- I paired the cake with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting instead of just the regular cream cheese and powdered sugar. I actually came up with this because I could not find powdered sugar anywhere, so I had to make do with the ingredients I had at home. The lime zest was a last minute addition and I was lucky it worked!


For the cake-

  • 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

How to:

  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix all wet ingredients in your mixer/ Kitchen Aid.
  • Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until batter is smooth and lump-free.
  • Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way and bake for 15 minutes at 350 C

For the frosting-

  • 1 8 oz bar cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • zest of 2 limes

How to: 

  • Beat everything together, but keep about 1 teaspoon of lime zest. 
  • When cupcakes are cooled, frost each, either with a piping bag or a spoon.
  • Top with some lime zest.

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