With my years of baking I have most definitely realized that it is not easy, and is often unpredictable. I try my best to stay organized, have all my ingredients put out before I start, and read the recipe multiple times before I begin. But sometimes, things don’t go as planned and thats A-OKAY. Baking takes patience and now that I have accepted not everything is going to look pretty, it has become way more fun. As long as the treats taste good, that is success in my book….so, I present to you…..my purple/red/pink/brown velvet cupcakes. Not the prettiest but damn do they taste good. Happy Baking!! XO KRISTEN
WHAT YOU’LL NEED - CUPCAKES
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2 1/3 cups of cake flour
2 tablespoons of Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar
WHAT YOU’LL DO -CUPCAKES
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 2-3 minutes.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is fully incorporated. Be sure to scrape down the sides.
In a large bowl, sift together the cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another medium sized bowl whisk together the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract, and red food coloring.
Add a fourth of the dry ingredients and mix, then add a third of the wet. Continue adding in a dry, wet, dry pattern, ending with the dry ingredients.
Scoop into cupcake papers, about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way full. I always use an ice cream scoop and that helps to keep them even. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Rotate the pan after the first 15 minutes of baking to ensure even baking. I took one batch out after 18 minutes and they were TOO dry, that 16-17 minute was just right for me but all ovens are different.
Allow to cool for one minute in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.