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Red velvet cupcakes

Published: June 17, 2021 at 11:43 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Makes 12

These beautifully colourful, icing-topped cupcakes make for a decadent tea-break treat. They're easy to make and take less than an hour, too

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal337
fat17.4g
saturates8.5g
carbs41.8g
sugars32g
fibre0.7g
protein3g
salt0.6g
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Make our red velvet cupcakes, then check out our red velvet cake recipe. For more cupcake ideas, check out our vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, Ferrero Rocher cupcakes and vegan cupcakes.

Ingredients

  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g unsalted butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 100ml buttermilk or kefir
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red gel food colouring

CREAM CHEESE ICING

  • 100g slightly salted butter, softened
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g full-fat soft cheese, stirred to loosen

Method

  • STEP 1

    Line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb and a pinch of salt into a bowl and mix to combine.

  • STEP 2

    Using a stand mixer or an electric hand whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, oil and vinegar until combined. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dried until smooth. Mix in the red food colouring until you have a deep red mixture – the colour may vary depending on what brand you use.

  • STEP 3

    Divide the batter between the cupcake cases and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean.

  • STEP 4

    Beat together all of the ingredients for the icing using a whisk or electric beaters, until smooth. Once the cakes are cool, use a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle to cover the cakes with the cream cheese icing, or dollop the icing on top using a spoon.

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