Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Butter Cream


I wanted to try out red velvet cupcakes with beetroot juice since a very long time but even though we eat beetroots very often, I wonder why it took me so long to try it out!  Anyways, I’m really glad I finally did.

In most of my cooking & baking I try to use minimum food coloring. I know the red food coloring does justice to the red velvet cake/cupcakes but I was happy with the final outcome of the cupcakes. Besides, this time I used vanilla butter cream frosting instead of the cream cheese frosting because the cream cheese was not available in the speciality stores.

The weather conditions in Pune did give me a hard time with butter cream frosting but I was happy with the final look even though I had to do several rounds to the fridge & back. Above all, my experimentation with the red velvet paid off… the cupcakes just disappeared & I realized that my efforts were worth it!

Just look at the pictures of the Red Velvet Cupcakes… Aren’t they gorgeous ? How about trying them out? Bake these beauties & enjoy! 😀

Ingredients :

  • 1 ¼ cups sifted Cake Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Baking pwd.
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. regular or Dutch processed Cocoa pwd.
  • ¼ cup Unsalted Butter @ room temperature
  • ¾ cup Sugar pwd.
  • 1 large Egg
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract or Essence
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup thick Beetroot Juice
  • ½ tsp. White Vinegar
  • ½ tsp. Baking Soda

Procedure :
Pre-heat oven to 175C & line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa pwd., salt & baking pwd.

In a sufficiently large bowl, beat butter until soft  with an electric hand mixer for about 12 mins. Add sugar & again beat until light & fluffy (about 3 mins.).

Add in the egg & continue beating until well incorporated.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl & then add vanilla extract/essence & beat until well combined.

In a measuring cup whisk beetroot juice with buttermilk.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture & buttermilk to the butter mixture in three additions; beginning & ending with the flour.

In a small bowl/cup, combine the vinegar & baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz & then working quickly fold into the cake batter.

Divide the cake batter evenly among the lined muffin cups & smoothe the tops with an offset spatula or the back of the spoon.

Bake in a pre-heated oven for approx 18-20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in their pans for about 10 mins. & then remove them from their pans.

Let it cool completely before frosting.

Spread the frosting on each cupcake with a knife or pipe out the frosting with any of your favorite decorating nozzle tip.

For the Butter Cream Frosting :

  • 8 tbsps. Unsalted Butter
  • 3 cups Confectioner’s Icing Sugar (sifted)
  • 3-5 tbsps. Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Essence

Procedure :

In a sufficiently large bowl,cream the butter with an electric hand mixer until smooth & well blended.

Add in the icing sugar, a little at a time with few tbsps. of milk.

Add the vanilla essence & continue beating till the mixture turns light & fluffy.

Add in more sugar & milk if needed.

Your frosting is ready!

Fill in a piping bag fitted with a decorative nozzle & decorate the cup cakes or spread the frosting with a knife.

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