Friday, 4 November 2011

Red Velvet Cupcake

 很爱喜爱甜点,尤其对cupcakes钟情。每次走过cupcakes橱窗都会逗留一下,就算不买,看一下也好。我们华人结婚送礼饼,西方人结婚和庆典都喜欢用装饰得美美的cupcakes来送礼或招待客人。 记得有一次,老公撇下我自己去了游乐场玩 , 我独自逛街时,走到了一家cupcake店,很多客人,我于是凑热闹进去看个究竟。我问了店员要那个是他们家最销的cupcake,他于是介绍了Red Velvet Cupcake给我。那是我第一次看到鲜红色的cupcake,当时的想法是一定要做这个颜色鲜艳而我觉得很sexy的红色小蛋糕。 今年五月我终于出嫁了,于是做了这个Red Velvet Cupcake送给同事们。今天从做这个小蛋糕,想想原来我以为人妻半年了啊!

125 grams sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 grams regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
57 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
110 grams granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
120 ml buttermilk
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting:
250 grams cream cheese, room temperature
100 grams unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
2/3 cup cold heavy whipping cream (double cream) (35-40% butterfat)

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
1.) Preheat oven to 175 C and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners. (I only get 9 mufins instead of 12)
2.) In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
3.) In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated.  Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
4.) In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
5.) In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 
6.) Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 - 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
7.) Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. Either spread the frosting with a knife or offset spatula, or use a large 1M Wilton open star decorating tip to pipe the frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until smooth. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add the heavy cream and whip until the frosting is thick enough to pipe. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.
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