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{Monthly Sweet Tooth} Red Velvet cupcakes

{Monthly Sweet Tooth} Red Velvet cupcakes

Welcome to a new week and a fabulous Sweet Tooth post! Yesterday I decided to make Red Velvet cupcakes from the legendary cookbook by The Hummingbird Bakery. The Hummingbird Bakery is a well loved and incredibly popular bakery with three branches in London and anyone who tries their cupcakes is an instant fan! I highly recommend buying this beautiful recipe book, delicious recipes and amazing styling make it a must have.
Red Velvet cupcakes
Red Velvet cupcakes
Red Velvet cupcakes
Red Velvet cupcakes
Red Velvet cupcakes

 Red Velvet Cupcakes
60g unsalted butter- room temperature
150g caster sugar
1 egg
10g cocoa powder
20ml red food colouring
½ tsp vanilla extract
120ml buttermilk
150g plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ teaspoons white wine vinegar ( I used just plain white spirit vinegar)

* Beat the butter and sugar with an electric beater until light and fluffy and well mixed.
* Add the egg and beat well until well mixed
* In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa, red food colouring and vanilla essence to make a thick, dark paste.
* Add this to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined.
* Slowly pour in half of the buttermilk and mix on slow speed until well mixed.
* Add half of the flour and mix. Repeat process, adding rest of buttermilk and then remainder flour.
* Scrape down sides of bowl and mix well on high speed.
* Add salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat well on slow speed until mixed and then finally beat at high speed for a few minutes.
* Spoon the mixture into paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in oven at 170? for 20-25 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when touched.

* Leave to cool completely and when cold top with generous layer of cream cheese icing.
* Makes 12 large cupcakes

Cream cheese icing
300g icing sugar, sifted
50g unsalted butter- at room temperature
125g cream cheese

* Beat the icing sugar and butter with electric beater until well mixed.
* Add the cream cheese and beat until well mixed and light and fluffy.
This is the first time that I made this recipe and they came out so well, I was so impressed. Totally delicious and the most beautiful colour ever, these are a real treat!
Photography: by me


  1. My Bestfriend's Little Sister(MBLS)

    5 July

    Thanks for sharing. I'd love to give these cupcakes a go!

  2. country girl

    5 July

    You did a lovely job, the styling is beautiful. They look delicious! Especially the frosting 🙂
    I love that cookbook.


    5 July

    Yummy post!
    Happy new week darling!

  4. Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    5 July

    ooh i so want to make them, I will definitely use your recipe! Thanks Lana xo

  5. Bandaloop

    5 July

    Just eating mine now. So delicious, thanks!

  6. Tiina

    5 July

    yummy! i just stopped eating those… ah maybe it was just a very wrong decision! However, only the sight of these makes me so happy 🙂

    Hope everything is great! I know you have a lot of parties down in SA, but soon all the football hooligans are gone, and hopefully it's safe on the streets 🙂 people from our SA embassy in Stockholm were dancing on the around the city when the games started, fun!

  7. Lana

    5 July

    Hey Tiina! It has been crazy around here with all the games, fans and parties but SUCH FUN! I think we're all actually going to be quite depressed when it's over!;)

  8. Megan

    5 July

    Stunning pics and delicious cupcakes!! They are absolute winners! 🙂

  9. Me

    5 July

    Fabulous cupcakes and loved the Magnolia Rouge post from a few days ago too!

  10. kat

    5 July

    I've been debating attempting the red velvet extravaganza of a cake or cupcakes… yours turned out really beautifully! Oh, and thanks for the comment on our Paris news!

  11. Leslie

    6 July

    I love the hummingbird bakery! These cupcakes look amazing and of course I am inspired by how you shot and styled everything! Lovely work!!!

  12. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    6 July

    Yum! I am such a sucker for red velvet & creamcheese frosting 🙂

  13. Lauren

    6 July

    Oh wow, those look super. Well done!

  14. Chantel

    7 July

    Yay another SA blogger! Those look scrumptious! I am currently obsessed with red velvet cake and cupcakes! I will def give these a try!

  15. Lana

    7 July

    Thanks for all of your fabulous comments, it's makes the whole baking and styling session worth it!x

  16. Marisa

    7 July

    Don't you just love red velvet cake? I think we should educate the rest of SA on this matter.

    PS: I have those exact same cupcake liners – such a pity the pretty pattern doesn't show up after they're baked. :-/

  17. Georgianna

    7 July

    I'm amazed by your photos, Lana! I thought these were from the cookbook itself at first. Beautifully done and the cupcakes look fabulous! xo

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