I have tried several. I even made them once without food coloring, because adding an entire bottle of food coloring seems unbelievably disgusting. I found this recipe in the Detroit Free Press and I decided to give it a try. Again, I couldn't let myself add enough food coloring to make it red.... so these are pink velvet!
Pink Velvet Cupcakes - Makes 24 cupcakes
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp red gel food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners
- Add flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together.
- In a large bowl, add the oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk on medium-high speed until fully combined.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients into the large bowl. Mix with electric mixer until fully combined.
- Add the food coloring. Mix well until the batter has a rich pink color.
- Fill paper liners 2/3 full with batter.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
Oooooh, pink cake goodness! I ate the other half of the cupcake in the picture above. I love eating cake hot out of the oven.
OK, time for a confession. I do not like cream cheese frosting. I like cream cheese... on my bagel. It has no place on my cupcake. Besides, it doesn't make for good decorating. Therefore, I decided to ice these cuppies with vanilla buttercream.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 4 T milk
- Cream the butter with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy in a large bowl. This should take a few minutes.
- Add the sugar one cup at a time. Beat with the electric mixer on medium-high speed. After two cups of sugar have been added, add the vanilla and milk.
- Continue to add the remaining 2 cups of sugar. Aerate the mixture on high speed until fluffy.
These came out great! I found the heart sprinkles from the bargain section of Target. These would make a cute Valentine's Day gift, no?
And for those of you without a Valentine....
.. you can always count on cupcakes to make you feel happy!