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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Our Thermomix is just such a fantastic piece of equipment.....love trying new recipes and spoiling our guests.

I found this recipe on a site called thermovixens ... Ooooh.....Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients
200g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 grams cocoa powder
60g butter, at room temperature
180g white caster sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tbs red liquid food colouring
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp bi carb soda

Cream Cheese Icing

250g cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g icing sugar, sifted

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (non fan forced)
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. In the bowl  beat the butter until soft 20 seconds on Speed 5
  4. Add the sugar and beat  until light and fluffy for 30 seconds speed 5  
  5. Add the egg and beat for 10 seconds speed 3.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  
  6. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined 5 seconds speed 6
  7. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food colouring.  With the TMX on speed 3, alternatively add the flour mixture, and then the buttermilk mixture to the bowl.  Do this in three additions, ending with the flour mixture.
  8. In a small cup combine the vinegar with the bi carb soda.  Allow the mixture to fizz, and then quickly mix into the  batter 10 seconds speed 6
  9. Now they said to work quickly – but I couldn’t and it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. Divide the batter amongst your prepared muffin cups.  Smooth the tops
  10. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (my oven was 15 mins)
  11. Cool the cakes on a wire rack until completely cool.

Icing:

  1. To make the cream cheese icing place the cream cheese in the bowl TMX with the Butterfly attachment. Beat the cream cheese until smooth 20 seconds speed 4,  scrape down the bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla and icing sugar, and beat until the mixture in nice and smooth for 20 seconds speed 4.  You may need to add more icing sugar to get the right consistency.  
  3. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and crumble your “sacrificial” cupcake and top of the icing with those lovely red crumbs!!

Becki's new camera and her love for close up shots made this an awesome photo.  Next time I am going to try this cake without using artifical colours.  Have found a recipe using beetroot and raspberries instead of food colouring...stay tuned.