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
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!