On Friday I received a little care package from my Mom for Valentine's Day. Isn't she the best???In it contained a beautiful pair of Chamilia earrings (forgot to take a pic) and these A-DORABLE kitchen towels.
I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE Red Velvet anything...so the minute I saw the towel above, I was going to *gasp* attempt baking from scratch...if you know me, you know that baking is not generally my strong suit...
The last time I attempted baking from scratch was last year. I made an oreo cheesecake that was so awful, I almost gagged. Isn't cheesecake supposed to be like the simplest dessert on the planet to make?!?!? Nope, not for this chica!
So, I gather all my ingredients and follow the towel's directions step by step..at least I thought..and end up with red velvet cupcakes that are not red, didn't rise and are so dry I had to chug a bottle of water to wash it down...
not sure if this was correct...maybe it was the splenda sugar???
ok, I see the red...
definitely knew something was wrong...
was so aggravated I forgot to take pictures before tossing them...
On a lighter note...the frosting was DELISH!!! So, I put it in a plastic container and went to fetch some devil's food cake mix and more red dye...
*Not from a towel or scratch* Red Velvet Cupcakes
adapted from: Plain Chicken
1 box devils food cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 oz red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper or foil liners.
- Using an electric mixer, mix cake mix, milk, oil, eggs and food coloring on medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Pour batter into lined muffin pans, filling each about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes clean. I used a butter knife.
- Let cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting *From the towel*
8 oz cream cheese, softened,
2 tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
16 oz powdered sugar
- Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Slowly, I REPEAT, SLOWLY beat in powdered sugar until creamy or you will have powdered sugar all over your kitchen.
SOO much easier...and less messy
now THAT'S red...
Happy Valentine's Day!