Happy 4th of July! This is one of my favorite holidays. It combines family, BBQ, fireworks and patriotism. My Dad was born on the 4th of July. Growing up every year it was a major celebration. My sister took over the hosting ranks this year. I bought a few cases of beer and asked what else they would need. They had the food hammered down. Therefore I decided to make a dessert. No better holiday than the 4th to make red velvet cupcakes. Well maybe Valentines day but either way here they are.
This is what you need:
For the cake-
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of buttermilk
2 1/2 tablespoons of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of vanilla bean
For the cream cheese frosting:
16 ounces of cream cheese
2 sticks of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups of confectioners sugar
For the cake:
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda and cocoa powder.
– In a bowl gently beat together the eggs, oil, buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla.
-Now combine the dry ingredients with the wet.
-Pour the batter halfway into the cupcakes tray.
-Bake them for 20 minutes. The batter should get you 24 cupcakes.
For the frosting:
-Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.
-Slowly add the sugar by the cup. Whip it until light and fluffy.
-Let it cool in the fridge for about an hour.
-I iced them with a butter knife instead of a pipping bag.
On a side note, I happened to have a package of blueberries, strawberries and two store bought pie crusts.I took one pie crust out of the foil and rolled it out over a floured surface to use a star cookie cutter on. I simply combined the blueberries with powdered sugar and corn syrup. I did the same with the strawberries. I place them in a pie dish and laid the dough stars over top.
-Baked it at 350 for 45 minutes.
Sister sister picture!!
The most important test of all, does my 3-year-old nephew Landon like my cupcake? I think I nailed it. He had two.
The night ended with a sunset just as red as my cupcakes.
Happy 4th everyone!!
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