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Chef's Corner: Cupcake Wars -- Smart Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cupcakes:
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
• 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
• 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
• 2 large eggs, room temperature
• 2 tablespoons red food coloring
• 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
• 1 pound cream cheese, softened
• 2 sticks butter, softened
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
• Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries for garnish

Directions:

Cupcakes:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder
3. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer
4. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
5. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled
6. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through.
7. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting:
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth
2. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until mixed
3. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
4. Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Recipe By: Food Network


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