Oscar goes to… Red Velvet Cupcakes dressed in Vanilla Bean Frosting

Red velvet cupcakes are the first cupcakes I ever made from scratch.  I love making these for the little people in my life, like my nieces and nephews and the not so little people like Jeff and I.

The best part about these…  they’re kind of chocolaty… tasting a lot like a cocoa cake.

Red Velvet Oscar Party

Over the years I’ve tried different recipes and found Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen to have the tastiest one yet, coupled with my vanilla bean frosting make these sweet moist cupcakes a hit at any party.

Here’s what you need… cupcake pan, baking cups, blender, thermometer, pastry bag, prep time 1 hour, cook time 25 minutes, Serves 35

 

Vanilla Bean Paste

Cake:

3 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch process)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups canola oil
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) red food coloring
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar.

Preheat oven to 325.  Line cupcake pan with baking cups and set aside.  In a large bowl whisk together cake flour, cocoa and salt and set aside.  In the mixer bowl, on medium speed add oil and sugar blending together well.  Beat in eggs one at a time.

NOTE: use your mixer bowl shield to prevent any dye splashing onto any surface.)

Adjust mixer speed to low, begin adding red food coloring.  Add vanilla mixing well.

Next add the flour mixture while alternating with buttermilk, doing this in two separate batches, mixing ingredients well.

Finally place baking soda in a small dish stir in your vinegar, while mixer is on low-speed add to batter and beat for 10 seconds.

Pour batter into baking cups filling 3/4 full.  Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of cupcake clear.  Let cool for up to an hour prior to frosting.

While cupcakes are baking begin making your frosting.  Red Velvet cupcakes are traditionally served with cream cheese frosting,  however I love them with this classic vanilla bean and I think you may too!

 

Vanilla Bean Frosting

Frosting: 30 minute prep time – makes 6 cups

1 1/3 cups Sugar

7 large Egg whites

Dash of salt

2 1/2 Cups of Unsalted Butter (5 sticks) keep at room temperature & cut into tablespoon size pieces

2 Teaspoons pure bourbon vanilla bean paste extract

2 drops yellow food coloring

2 drops of pink food coloring

Combine the sugar, egg whites, and salt in the heatproof bowl in your mixer.  Set over a pan of simmering water.  Whisk constantly until sugar has dissolved and mixture registers 160 degrees on a thermometer.

Return bowl to mixer and beat on medium speed until stiff peaks form, let mixture cool, about 10 minutes.

Mix again on medium speed, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. Be sure to scrape down the sides of bowl as needed, until mixture is smooth.  Mix in vanilla bean paste extract blending well.

Meanwhile, reserve 1 cup of frosting for decorating cupcakes with flowers.  Mixing ½ cup frosting with 2 drops of pink food coloring, mixing well until frosting is completely colored.   Repeat the process with remaining ½ cup frosting and yellow food coloring, incorporating well until color is achieved.

Frost your cupcakes with vanilla bean frosting in a swirling motion.  Fill pastry bag with pink frosting, piping a medium-sized flower top and center of cupcake, finishing with a dollop of yellow frosting centered atop of pink flower.

Red Velvet Cupcake dressed in Vanilla Bean Frosting

Your incredibly yummy red velvet cupcakes dressed in vanilla bean frosting are red carpet ready!  These defiantly deserve an Oscar nomination or at least a seat at your at your table.

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