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Monday Munchies #13

Night in Red Velvet

I had oft heard tales told of the Red Velvet Cupcake, but I had never seen or tasted one in real life. Sadly, there was no tasting as the cake has cocoa, but MrsDrWho inhaled the smell of the freshly cooked cakes and declared them delicious without even taking a bite. After a bite? Agree(1000)!!! I did suddenly realise that it is Easter this week, but I will have a Post Easter MM.

Also, gird your loins, because this is post #13,. It's not triskaidekaphobia, it's the fact that we are one quarter of the way through the year already, and I have stuck to my Monday Munchies for thirteen weeks.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes   makes about 20
  • 125g butter
  • 300g caster sugar (1 1/3 cups)
  • 2 eggs
  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 30ml red food colouring*
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1 tspn bicarb soda
  • 3 tspn white vinegar
  • 250g plain flour (1 2/3 cups)
  • 30g very good cocoa powder
  • 500g cream cheese (Philly)
  • 125g butter
  • 500g pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180*C and line two 12 hole muffin trays with paper cases.Cream the butter and sugar and add the eggs, buttermilk, food colouring and vanilla and beat till combined.  Stir in the bicarb soda and vinegar and then the flour and cocoa.Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 20-25 minutes, They will be cooked when the top springs back when pressed lightly, and the cake has shrunk from the edge of the tin.Cool on a rack and then ice when the cakes are cold..

To make the icing, soften the butter and cream cheese, add the vanilla and beat till smooth and fluffy. Slowly add the icing sugar. Whip till it looks like frosting.

*Some recipes say Cochineal, other red food colouring. I could only buy Pillar Box Red and so that's what I used.


Rose Red

YUM! I think I shall be making these next week - I have some old friends (and their assorted tribe of kids) visiting on Monday, these will be perfect!

And I'm going to make your lemonade scones tomorrow (another friend visiting). I think I should change my "cook from my books" challenge to "cook from Cindy's blog" challenge!


they look fantastic! i have had a red velvet cake before (made by raewyn) but these cupcakes look mighty nice

Lynne S of Oz

Mmm, methinks no matter how good these are, I'll never work out a gluten AND dairy free version.... LOL! I'll just have to make do with all the other yummy things I can have.


They look yummy. Glad I don't have a prohibition on cocoa and similar. True cochineal has been unavailable in Australia for many years. Govt. ban.




yummo!! they look devilishly good! your monday munchies are very inspiring....


So funny you should have them today as Jess (aka Judy-May) also made some yesterday and gave me one for recess, they were so good! I think I might need to make myself some :-)


so good!! One day I will make these, I really must.


Cindy would you believe I made red velvet cupcakes yasterday too. I HAD to. I finished them at midnight. I hadn't even read your blog I swear and I baked them up. That's kinda strange. I'm making the cake tomorrow!


my brother had a red velvet cake for his wedding cake. It was yummy too! they look beautiful :)

Jennifer Rose

I so want to make these, but can't have the buttermilk that goes in them :(


Yum!! Lucky MrsDrWho!!


Oh my goodness they look SO delcious Cindy!! xo

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