4th of July Red Velvet Cupcakes

July 4, 2008

Why is it we love cupcakes so much? By "we" I mean us girls because, let's face it, they're pretty girlie. I've never heard a guy say, "Oh! Let's stop and get a half dozen cupcakes! Won't that be fun!?" Nope. I'm fairly certain I will never hear those words out of Barnaby's mouth.

I found these little Red Velvet 4th of July cupcakes in a local bakery, and thought the gang of kids at the party today would really dig them.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Makes about 14-16 cupcakes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 ounces water
2 ounces red food coloring
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. 
  3. Add eggs and blend well.
  4. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and add to the butter mixture.
  5. Sift flour and salt together into the above mixture.
  6. One at a time, add the buttermilk, vanilla, and water.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and baking soda. Fold it into the cake batter, making sure it's incorporated, but don't beat it.
  8. Pour the batter into the cupcake tins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes, then turn the cupcakes out of the tins and onto a rack to finish cooling completely.

Vanilla Frosting

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a medium-size saucepan, whisk the flour into the milk until smooth. Stir constantly over medium heat cook until the mixture becomes thick and begins to bubble (approx. 10-15 minutes).

Cover with waxed paper placed directly on the surface and cool to room temperature (approx. 30 minutes).In a large bowl beat the butter for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating continuously for 3 minutes until fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat well.

Add the cooled milk mixture, and continue to beat on medium high speed for 5 minutes, until very smooth and noticeably whiter in color. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes (exactly 15 minutes - set a timer!). Use immediately.



growitgreen's picture

Cupcakes- the international language of YUM!
I will be filing this recipe to be made for our family reunion. Thank you for sharing. Keep 'em coming!

Melanie D's picture

Yum! I wonder why i love cupcakes so much. lol!
Will try this 4th of July cupcake, thanks for sharing, This one made my day!

teena's picture

Yummy! I love cupcakes!