Red Velvet cupcakes are a classic – especially with a delicious cream cheese frosting. And these cupcakes are super moist and stay that way for a number of days!
I didn’t really grow up eating red velvet cupcakes, despite growing up in the south. But the last few years, since diving into the sweets world, I’ve known a few people that are BIG fans. One them being a co-worker of mine.
Last summer I think it was, we were in D.C. for work. We had some downtime and found ourselves on the same road where Georgetown Cupcakes and Sprinkles Cupcakes are. Being the crazy cake fan I am, I ended up with like 15 cupcakes to sample. I LOVE trying different flavors and comparing. And believe it or not, we hit the stores at just the right time – no lines!
Seeing that I didn’t grow up eating red velvet, I didn’t really consider myself worthy of judging it. So I wasn’t even planning on trying them. Fortunately, my coworker was all over it! He loves red velvet, so I got one from each store and we compared. He gave me a little lesson in what made a good red velvet cupcake – to him at least. And now I’m a total expert.
Obviously a moist cake is required. When isn’t it?
And cream cheese frosting is always required when red velvet is involved.
I’ve heard people say that red velvet cake is just chocolate cake with red food coloring. I really disagree. The right balance of chocolate in a red velvet recipe is important. Too much cocoa and it’s too much like chocolate cake. Too little cocoa, and it’s just not right.
I did a little experimenting with red velvet to try and get it just right. My coworker has been my taste tester. In one of my tests, I added a fair amount of cocoa – close to what I add in chocolate cake – and it was way too much! Not only was the cake so dark it didn’t even look red but the taste just wasn’t right.
Red velvet really just has a hint of chocolate to it – 2 tablespoons in this case. For me, it should have buttermilk and a touch of vinegar. And the taste – it’s one of those things that’s hard to describe, but I will tell you that I wasn’t a big fan of red velvet until I had this recipe.
So moist, so much flavor and easy to make. And with the cream cheese icing – perfect! At least I think so. Red velvet certainly does vary a lot.
But when I make these (and I’ve made them a number of times), they are always a hit with everyone. The hubs and I eat them up! And with their pretty red color, they are perfect for sharing for Valentine’s Day.
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