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Friday, November 16, 2007
Favorite Ingredients Friday - Muffin Edition


This theme was a tough one for me because I never bake muffins. I don't know why because I love muffins. I've had this recipe saved for a long time to try. It's a Paula Deen recipe, so it has to be good. Jim loved red velvet cake when he was introduced to it several years ago. I'm betting he'd like these, too. I'm betting even more he wished I would quit blogging about 'em and make 'em.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

For the 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

For the 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

For the cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Go visit Overwhelmed with Joy for more fantastic recipes!

Past FIF recipes:
Chicken Chilaquiles
Jim's Favorite Jelly Cookie
Eye of Round Roast
Mozzarella & Tomato Sandwich
Marcia's Taco Soup
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Cajun Baked Catfish
Jim's Snickers Pancake
Crawfish Monica
Grilled Meats and Vegetables over Saffron Orzo
Crockpot Red Beans
Better Than Almost Anything Cake
Fruity Sangria
Outrageous Brownies
Enchiladas de Pollo
Lescó
Catalina Chicken
Croissant French Toast
Corned Beef
Sloppy Joe, Mac 'n Cheese Casserole
Shredded Chicken
Baked Bean & Burger Casserole
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
Crab Rangoon
Sausage con Queso and Ro-tel Cheese Dip
Blueberry Multigrain Coffeecake
Banana Bread
Bananas Foster
Old-Time Beef Stew
White Chocolate Snack Mix
Gorilla Bread
Ginger Shrimp
Roast Chicken
Tex-Mex Chicken Taco Soup
Shrimp Mold
Pasta Puttanesca
Pork Milanese
Pumpkin Dip
Oven-fried Chicken
Best Bundt Cake Ever
Hot Dog Casserole
Chicken & Rice
Peanut Butter Fudge
Omelets in a Bag
Shrimp Boil
Apple Cheese
Pulled Pork BBQ

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lorie said...

Yummy! I love Red Velvet and Paula Deen!

Blogger Vonda said...

I have tried these....I am a die hard Paula Deen fan. In fact I am working on marrying off my youngest daughter to her youngest son...ha ha! I even posted about it.

These are some of the best muffins, er cupcakes ever. I think they might be more healthy if we call them muffins.

By the way, I tried your Baked Bean and Burger Casserole last night. How yummy! And simple and quick. Loved it.

Blogger s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

These sound scrumptious! And I love cream cheese! God Bless!

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