Saturday, December 12, 2009

Again with the Red Velvet?

yes, again. The Martha Stewart cupcakes got real greasy after the first, onward I go to find something better. In between that post and this post I had made 4 other red velvet recipes, and was not really happy with any of them.
But on the following day (so 24 hours after making it) I ate one at was so good. wierd I thought, that it would taste better than the day before....but it did...and not only did it taste good, but I wanted another one. Mind you, I make so many cupcakes, that I don't ever really feel that way. Soooooo.....
Yesterday I made another 2 batches. The one that was good on day 2, was a recipe I had found on the American Profile magazine site...It is dense, moist, tight crumb...more of a "not southern" red velvet...but, um, I'm not southern...and I loved it.
The other that I made was from The Pink Cake Box blog site, she has a recipe for a red velvet, that is real similar to Martha's, but she uses whole milk and curdles it with more vinegar, and adds more cocoa.
Results: I was pleased with both. The Pink Cake Box recipe, is more of a traditional red velvet, and is holding up quite well...not too greasy. (I did omit some oil tho), and of course I really like the more non traditional red velvet American Profile cuppie....even on day 1.
The cuppies on the left, the redder ones are the American Profile, and of course on the right is the Pink Cake Box.
AMERICAN PROFILE, Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
(adapted from Rebecca Rather, the Pastry Queen)
1/4 cup red food coloring
3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1
teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
I also folded in about 1/2 of chopped dark chocolate chips at the end
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease muffin cups with butter or cooking spray and lightly flour, knocking out excess, or line with paper baking cups.
2. To prepare cupcakes, stir food coloring and cocoa powder together to make a paste.
3. Combine butter and sugar and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in cocoa paste. Reduce speed to medium and beat batter 4 minutes.
4. Sift together flours, salt and baking soda. Stir vanilla into buttermilk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat on medium speed just until combined. Beat in sour cream and vinegar until combined.
5. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake jumbo cupcakes 25 to 35 minutes or regular-size cupcakes 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans 5 minutes. Unmold onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Pink Cake Box Red Velvet Cupcakes
Ingredients & Supplies Needed:Muffin Tins and Cupcake Papers
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil (I only used 1 1/4 cup)
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons liquid red food coloring (Add more for desired darkness)
2 teaspoons white distilled vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
again, I added 1/2 cup finely chopped dark chocolate chips at end
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with cupcake papers. .
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a separate bowl, mix milk and vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes – curdling will occur. Then add the oil, eggs, food coloring and vanilla to the milk mixture, whisking until mixed.
Using a stand mixer, add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with the paddle until just combined.
Divide the cake batter evenly into the tins – about 3/4 full. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

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