Friday, October 8, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes - Dorm Room Approved!



I think I may have a new job - Dorm Room Mom!  The girls loved all the food I brought them so much; I've been invited back to cook for them again.  I love it - I didn't even have to beg and plead for a visit with my daughter, she was the one who called me with her request list.  On her list were red velvet cupcakes, something I've made for her many times. 

They didn't even wait till after dinner to dig into these, her roommate Madeline was so cute, she said, "I want one with the most frosting"!  It made me so happy to see them so interested in food; they wanted to know where did I get the cupcake wrappers (Michaels) and what were the red sprinkles on top (edible glitter from Michaels or a well stocked grocery store).

Red Velvet Cupcakes
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup of milk + 1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 tsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 oz. red food coloring
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
 

In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar, beat until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking soda and mix until starting to combine.  Add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and red food coloring, mix slowly until completely combined.  Divide batter into (2)muffin pans lined with 24 wrappers. 

Bake for 14-16 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool before frosting.

Cream Cheese Icing
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp. heavy cream or milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

To the mixer add cream cheese and beat until smooth, then add butter and beat until smooth, scraping down sides.  Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, mix until smooth and will spread easily.  I like to use a piping bag with a star tip (Wilton 1M) a butter knife or frosting spatula works too.  These were garnished with edible glitter from the craft store.  Store cupcakes in the fridge and set out 10 minutes or so prior to serving, they will keep on the counter if it's not too warm.

Can you all do me a big favor and go check in on my dear friend Becky, she is still new to blogging and having a hard time due to the fact she is in pain.  I know she would love it if everyone was checking up on her.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Gina

27 comments:

  1. Have a great weekend Gina, love the picture! I always loved it when my mom would send a package to my dorm when I was in college, go Moms!

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  2. They look perfect and nothing better than red velvet cupcakes! What a great mom you are! I remember well cooking for dorm kids when our sons were in college.

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  3. Could I have some too?!!! These red velvet cupcakes look truly beautiful with these perfectly swirled frosting!

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  4. What a great Mom you are and I am sure you are popular at the dorm. Those cupcakes look amazing!!!

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  5. MMM...love red velvet! It's my BILs favorite...for his birthday in June, we were in NYC for vaca. His cake was red velvet cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery! I should whip up a batch of these for football Sunday soon! Saving...

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  6. Ah, there's nothing like making college students happy. well done! They look gorgeous.

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  7. Red velvet cupcakes in the dorm room..there must be a song, story or a movie in this??? I have to try these;)

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  8. wow, fantastic presentation- The cupcakes look super delicious!

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  9. Gina- Thank you for the shout out. that's very sweet of you to do that. Your cupcakes
    look wonderful, and they're "dorm room" approved.
    Pretty soon, you'll be taking orders!

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  10. I'm going to Michaels...thhis is just the thing for a class I am teaching. Lucky college students and the best way I know to bond - over luscious cupcakes.

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  11. how could they not have loved them!!! and cream cheese frosting, just give me an excuse to eat that....I can see why they were looking for the most frosting!

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  12. Gina of course they loved your food! Your daughter is very lucky to have such a caring mommy who happens to be a awesome cook!

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  13. perfect!
    not only dorm room approved but foodie friends approved too.

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  14. Lovely frosting, and a beautiful recipe. Cup cakes look delicious.

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  15. red velvet really is the best. my favorite cupcake by far. yours look lovely! i love the wrappers.

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  16. Can you please send me some of these? Nothing makes me happier than red velvet cupcakes...what a great choice! Yours look lovely, and I could have easily devoured two or three. Thank you for sharing...I'm not surprised that all those girls were thrilled!

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  17. I bet these were a hit! They look delicious, especially topped with cream cheese frosting. Can't go wrong there! Yum.

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  18. My mom never brought homemade cupcakes to my dorm. Jealous.

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  19. Show up with goodies like this and you'll be begged to come back for visits very often:) They look delicious, oh and can I have so too?

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  20. Gina - these look so goooood! As you know, my daughter is the baking whiz in our family and she would be forever indebted to me if I shipped some of these to her now!

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  21. My dad saw these the other day and wants to know when we will be having them! Don't you love Michaels for those little cups? We got some for Liv's birthday and I had at least 3 moms as where we got them.
    Wow... I thought sending my son to high school was "odd"... can't imagine college! Ugh! I've got 4 years.

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  22. Oh Yes, Red Velvet, These look so adorable, love the cupcake wrappers, good job Momma:)

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  23. Wow, makes me wish I was in that dorm :) These are gorgeous...and I would be happy to check in on your friend :)

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  24. What a wonderful Mom you are! I hope your daughter finds her way into baking as well - it's a great skill to pass on. (Gotta say I love those cupcake liners too!)

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  25. I made these cupcakes today and they were delicious!!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. I'm so happy you liked them. It was my pleasure sharing.
      -Gina-

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