Perfectly moist Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with a rich vanilla buttercream, the best homemade cupcakes made from scratch. This is such a simple recipe, and the cupcakes can be enjoyed either for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, or, why not, all year round.
These super easy red velvet cupcakes are such a treat no matter the occasion. And they certainly look pretty enough to to enjoyed at every party. Forget about the ready-made cupcakes which are full of dodgy ingredients, these cupcakes are absolutely amazing, and can be made from scratch in less than 30 minutes.
How to get bright red cupcakes
I’ve been thinking about baking some red velvet cupcakes with buttercream for quite a while now, but I just could not find a good-quality red food colouring. Most shops will have the low-price-even-lower quality red food colouring that, no matter how much you use, you end up with a some sort of very sad brown colour.
The liquid ones are the worst, as they can change the consistency of your batter too, which, in some cases, can be catastrophic. So, DO STAY AWAY FROM LIQUID FOOD COLOURING if you want some nice cupcakes. One of my friends, who is an excellent baker, recommended me Sugarflair food colouring and I just love it.
You can purchase online different colours and the paste is so concentrated, that you only need to use a tiny little amount of it to get the gorgeous bright red. What a brilliant product, I am more than pleased with it. I am sure I will get to test in on different other desserts, so stay posted.
Using cocoa powder enhances the bright red colour, so I would advise you use it. You can probably get a natural red colour by using beetroot, but I must say I have never tried it, so I can’t say if that works for not. I wouldn’t think you can get this bright colour anyway, most probably a different kind of red.
Still, even if you use food colouring, if it’s a good quality one, you should not notice any different in taste. It will still taste like a normal chocolate cupcake, but just coloured red.
The best buttercream must be the vanilla one. It’s delicious, rich, creamy, and it contrasts beautifully with the red colour. Thus making them a great choice for both Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
How TO make vanilla buttercream
First of all, it is crucial that the butter is at room temperature. Make sure it is out of the fridge at least one hour before you start baking. If it’s not soft enough (but not melted!!!), the buttercream will NOT be smooth.
Another problem with the butter not being soft enough is piping, that will be quite difficult, even if the buttercream is smooth, it has to be soft enough to be topped on the cupcakes.
The icing (confectionary’s) sugar should ideally be sifted, again to ensure a smooth consitency of the buttercream. Add the vanilla extract and milk, a bit at a time, then mix well with a hand mixter or a kitchen aid. And that’s the buttercream.
Pipe it before it hardens, you will achieve far better results like that. For a small batch of 6 cupcakes, just half all the ingredients. And that’s how you get some pretty red velvet cupcakes to impress anyone!
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Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, a rich and luxurious dessert for those special days like Christmas or Valentine's Day. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. (375 Fahrenheit).
Moist Red Velvet Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream, a rich and luxurious dessert for those special days like Christmas or Valentine's Day.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. (375 Fahrenheit).