It’s almost here – that day of LOVE! My personal belief is you should exude kindness and love every day of the year. But, if we need a special day to remind us, let’s do this. Here’s how to turn red velvet cupcakes into special little gifts to show your love to friends and family.
We start with a batch of decorated cupcakes. Put the cakes into the refrigerator for at least an hour to stiffen the icing. Buttercream icing works the best for this as it really holds its shape during handling.
Recipe credit: Joy The Baker
- 4 Tbls. unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbls. red food coloring
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup + 2Tbls. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 Tbls. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 cupcake tines with paper liners.
In a bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Turn mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter mixing thoroughly until completely combined.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add half the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.
Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.
Divide the batter evenly into the cupcake liners and bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
In a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
Slowly add the powdered sugar, scraping down the bowl often.
Add the vanilla and beat until all is incorporated.
- Clear plastic cocktail cups
- Clear treat bags
- Construction paper hearts – add names or a quote
Place the cocktail cup into the bottom of the treat bag. Gently add the cupcake being careful not to damage the frosting. Gather the top of the treat bag and
Now hand out those personalized little cupcake treats to your friends and loved ones and spread some joy!