My middle child, RT, had a birthday last week! What kind of cupcakes did he request you ask? Why red velvet of course! What better cupcakes to go with a Lighting McQueen party????
Isn’t he cute???
You start by mixing up the batter, look how red it is!
I like to use this food coloring gel, rather than the liquid kind. You get a much richer and brighter color. They can be found at any cake decorating store and I’ve also seen them at Michael’s and Joann’s.
Fill up the cupcake pans, 2/3 full.
Then bake them off.
Then the best part! Cream cheese frosting!
I used a piping bag to make them pretty, but feel free to just use a knife to spread on the frosting.
Black sprinkles to match Lighting’s tires. I used rings that I found at the cake store for cupcake topper. The preschool kids loved it!
One great thing about this recipe is how versatile it is. I used the same recipe to make a cake for RT’s family birthday party.
As much of a pain a crumb coat is, it makes for a much better looking finished product.
A crumb coat is a light coat of frosting that helps “seal” in the crumbs. This crumb coast is refrigerated until hard, and then the final layer of frosting is added.
It was a hit!
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1½ cups vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Line 24 muffin pans with cupcake papers.
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
- Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about ⅔ filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.