In hopes of being invited to a BBQ over 4th of July weekend, I wanted to figure out a perfect cupcake to celebrate with. It would have been easy to dye some vanilla cupcakes, but I have a few chocolate and more than a few red velvet fans around here, and I wanted to go with the majority. It's super easy, so here we go...
Red (and Blue) Velvet Cupcakes
Yields 24 cupcakes
3/4c unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2c sugar
3 eggs, room temperature
1tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2tbsp unsweeted cocoa powder
red and blue food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, Combine. Add vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry mixture to the butter mixture, alternating between dry and milk. Only mix until combined so you don't overmix. Overmixing=dry cupcakes.
Split the batter into two bowls and add red food coloring to one, and blue to the other. The amount you use will depend on the kind of food coloring you're using. I used Wilton Icing Color from Michael's (similar to these) and about a 1/4 tsp in each bowl. Fold in color until combined, but again, try not to over mix.
Fill each liner almost half way with one color, then add the other color so each liner is 2/3 full. Try not to mix the colors too much. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Yields enough for more than 24 cupcakes.
1 package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
3c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-2tbsp milk, if needed
Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla. Add sugar one cup at a time. Once first four ingredients are combined, add small amounts of milk if too thick.
With a large round tip, pipe frosting onto cooled cupcakes. You could add little flags made from washi tape, or red, white, and blue decorating sugars, but I choose to just stick a sparkler in mine. Because who doesn't like sparklers!?!
Here's hoping everyone has some fabulous 4th of July plans! I hope they involve BBQs, sun, and a great adult beverage or two.