RED VELVET CUPCAKES FOR A HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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Years ago, when I began writing this food blog, my first post was for red velvet cupcakes. They still prove to be a crowd pleaser with friends and family and, since today is Valentine’s day, I thought it would be a perfect time to repost this very easy recipe.

Most red velvet cupcakes call for buttermilk. I’ve chosen to use Greek yogurt. I’ve also added a little more cocoa powder than most traditional recipes.

I’d like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Valentine’s Day, spent with the love of your choice – Family, friends, coworkers, a new romance, a long standing one, your favorite pet or maybe indulge in one of these cupcakes while you snuggle up with a good romantic novel.

Thank you for reading,

Xoxo xoxo xoxo

Effie

Red Velvet Cupcakes

2½ cups flour

1½ cups sugar

2 large eggs

1½ cups vegetable oil

1 ounce red food coloring

1 teaspoons baking soda

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vinegar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup Greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 350º F

Sift flour, cocoa powder and baking soda together. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs. In a separate bowl, mix the oil, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Add to egg mixture until combined. Add the flour and Greek yogurt, alternating dry and wet ingredients, starting with the flour. Pour batter into paper cupcake liners. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool on baking rack.

Cream cheese frosting

1 cup unsalted butter

2 – 8 ounce packages of cream cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 pounds confectioner’s sugar

1 vanilla bean (optional)

Cream softened butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla. If using the vanilla bean, slice the bean longwise and scrape out beans. Add to the frosting and mix until all the ingredients are blended and smooth. Fill a pastry bag. Frost cupcakes and enjoy decorating.

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