The following recipes are from Lynn Crawford's Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients
, a finalist in Taste Canada's General Cookbook award
. Courtesy of Viking Canada. Photography by Kathleen Finlay.Red Velvet Cupcakes
Everyone seems to enjoy red velvet cupcakes covered with lovely swirls of cream cheese frosting. Hands down, these are my favourite cupcake on the planet. I could seriously eat one of these a day and never get tired of them.
Makes 12 cupcakes
For the Red Velvet Cupcakes
1 1/4 cups (275 mL) sifted cake-and-pastry flour
2 tbsp (50 mL) Dutch-processed
¼ tsp (1 mL) baking powder
½ tsp (2 mL) baking soda
¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
½ cup (125 mL) buttermilk
1 tbsp (15 mL) red food colouring
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
1/2tsp (2 mL) distilled white vinegar
¾ cup (200 mL) sugar
¼ cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
2 cups (500 mL) fresh berries for garnish
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pkg (8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, at room temperature
½ tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract
½ cup (125 mL) icing sugar
2⁄3 cup (150 mL) heavy cream
To make the cupcakes, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 2 (12 cup) muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, sift the sifted flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, food colouring, vanilla, and
vinegar. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the sugar with the butter until well blended. Add the egg and beat together. Add the dry ingredients in 4 additions alternately with the buttermilk mixture in 3 additions.
Fill muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once halfway through, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and icing sugar and beat until smooth. Using a whisk attachment, gradually add the heavy cream and whip until the frosting is thick enough to pipe.
Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a large star tip. Garnish with fresh berries.Hungry for more recipes from Pitchin' In?
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