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If you're looking for a last minute gift idea for Valentine's Day, take a swing at these tasty cupcakes and surprise someone you love and impress their socks off when you tell them they are made from scratch.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yields 12 Cupcakes
For the Red Velvet Cupcakes You Will Need...
3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 1/2 tbs red food coloring
1 1/2 tbs baker's cocoa powder
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vinegar
3/4 tsp baking soda
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit and line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
I used these adorable ones to get with the romantic and cutesy Valentine's Day theme.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting you will need...
1 cup (8 oz) of cream cheese, room temperature
6 tbs butter, room temperature
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Beat the butter and cream cheese until well combined and fluffy. Then cup by cup add the confectioners sugar until well combined and there are no lumps, remember to scrape the sides down between cups. Finally add in the vanilla extract and combine well. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled (this is very important otherwise the heat from the cupcakes will melt the frosting off the cupcake), pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Garnish with some dusted cocoa powder on top or a sprinkle of shaved chocolate.