5 Confessions in 5 days. Day 5: Jeremy's Red Velvet Cupcakes

14 Jun 2013

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I haven't baked cupcakes for a while because the recipes I've used never really came out "amazing". That was until Jeremy sent me his recipe for his red velvet cupcakes - I'm so in love! (with the cupcakes)

Who is Jeremy? Jeremy Mayall is a composer, record producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, film maker and a cupcake baker! His Symphony no.1 was the first orchestral symphony to feature a turntable as part of the ensemble. Jeremy is definitely a guy with many talents and you can check out what else he is up to at his website here.

Anyway, these cupcakes ARE amazing, and Jeremy is testimony to the fact that guy's should bake more (so their girlfriends can enjoy delicious treats like these!). 

Red Velvet Cupcakes:

1 1/4 cups (125 grams) sifted cake flour
(Cake Flour can be recreated with regular flour, take out two tablespoons of the regular flour, and put back in 2 tablespoons of cornflour. Sift this a bunch of times to combine it all properly)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup white sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (120 ml) buttermilk

1 tablespoon liquid red food colouring

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees celcius and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

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. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
4. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food colouring. 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.

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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 the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 - 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the cupcakes comes out clean.
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7. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting. 

The frosting I used was a white chocolate buttercream frosting.  I had previously failed with piping the rose swirl and came pretty close to never making cupcakes again.  That is until Jeremy gave me the handy tip of swirling with a Wilton 1M tip.

Here's the recipe for the frosting I used:

150 grams unsalted butter
3/4-1 cup icing sugar
150 grams white chocolate

1.  Beat the butter, slowly adding the icing sugar until desired sweetness and consistency. Beat the buttercream until light and fluffy.

2. Melt the white chocolate and beat with the buttercream until combined.

3. Pipe onto cupcakes.

Ta-dah! I'm no pro but managed to come out with these very pretty cupcakes. To pay homage to Jeremy, I baked them in some semi-masculine cupcake liners.

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But still couldn't help myself so had to make some of them styled with pink!

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Hope you've enjoyed my first week of blogging! It's been fun even without my laptop! Sorry for all the wonkiness going on with the last two posts but I hope to fix all that up next week. Have a great weekend and see you soon!

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  1. Oh yum! I might have to run to the store now. I know what I'm having for dessert :)

    1. Hi! Yeah doesn't take too long to make and I found them best pretty much immediately after cooled! Enjoy!

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous. I love everything red velvet. You make me want to become a better baker. And not to mention your photography skills are amazing!!