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Simple Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

 Simple Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ingredients (Makes 24)
For Cupcakes
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white distilled vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Instructions:
– Preheat the oven to F350ºF (180ºC). Line two (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
– In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
– In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer.
– Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
– Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins (tins should be about ⅔ filled).
– Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. (Bake for about 13 minutes if you’d like to make mini cupcakes.) Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely.
– While your cupcakes are cooling, combine the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together in a large bowl and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed of your beaters/mixer to high and mix until frosting is whiter in color and very light/fluffy.
– Spoon your frosting into a piping bag with your piping tip of choice and pipe thick swirls of frosting on top of each cooled cupcake.
– Sprinkle with white pearl sprinkles (optional), then enjoy at least one immediately.

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