Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Cup Cakes

Even the most die hard cooks out there, have to admit that Paula Deen is the epitome of great southern cooking!!!!

I couldn't resist sharing this recipe of hers for Valentine day!!!!

Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes from Food Network

•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

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

•1 pound cream cheese, softened
•2 sticks butter, softened
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
•Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans, fresh raspberry or strawberry, or sprinkles.


Linda in New Mexico said...

Red Velvet cake is my daughters favorite and since her BD is right after V day she has always gotten a red velvet but sometimes the bakery cakes are bitter.....and since we are poor as church mice this year....I shall try this recipe based on your recommendation. Thanks, The Olde Bagg, Linda