Red Velvet Cupcakes

Recently, a birthday order was placed by a friend. The theme was Casino Royale, and she wanted an old world Monte Carlo feel to the party. She wanted the cupcakes to match the elegance of everything else she had in store for the evening, so she requested Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting and gold sprinkles on top.  I was so excited!

I have a lot of recipes for Red Velvet, but ultimately decided to go from The Joy of Cooking (page 717). I  made a couple of minor tweaks to the recipe, but for the most part followed it step by step.

Let’s get started, shall we?

RED VELVET CUPCAKES – makes 24

  • 2+1/3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1+1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1-3 Tbsp red food coloring (I used 3)

Preheat oven to 350ºF, and line 24 cupcake tins with papers.

Sift your flour, then whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder.

Beat the butter in the mixer until creamy, then add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla, then add them to the sugar and butter and beat until combined.

Using the dry-wet-dry method, alternating the flour mix with the buttermilk, pour 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the mixer.

Then, along with your first portion of buttermilk, add in the food coloring and vinegar.

Somehow get food coloring all over your hands while trying to gently encourage the mixture along with a spatula.

Add in the rest of your dry and wet ingredients. Mix the last batch of dry in so it’s just combined.

Divide the batter equally among your cupcake tins.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let them cool in the tins for a minute before removing them to a rack to cool completely.

Once cooled completely, top with your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. (and maybe some gold sprinkles)

These were a huge hit at the party! The theme was totally awesome and swanky, thanks to the fantastic birthday girl/party planner, and these little red wonders totally fit the bill. The birthday girl had assembled a special cake stand for the occasion, among all the other awesome decorations she’d prepared.

And now, for your enjoyment, some pictures from the party! Allow me to paint the scene…

We were greeted at the door by this awesome sign, and little velvet bags containing a $500 voucher for chips in the casino, as well as poker and blackjack cheat sheets. That’s right, the party wasn’t just a “casino theme”, there were actually blackjack and poker tables along with professional dealers. (Insane!)

A peek through the curtain at some dapperly dressed gentlemen…

Balloons!

The bar area which included champagne, cupcakes, and the fix-ins for a dry martini. (A friend of hers, who designed my logo btw, made all the signs and labels and vouchers and whatnot. They were so fantastic!)

And just in case you have the urge…

All in all, the night was a huge success. I’m glad that both me and my cupcakes got to be a part of it. These might look evil, I think it’s the blood red, but boy are they tasty. I’ll rank them somewhere around a 3 because some people had more than one, but there were no red food coloring induced comas. Make these yourself and immediately transform your regular ol’ night into an evening of glamor.

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