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I love baking for others so of course Valentine’s Day provides ample opportunity.  I’m getting an early start by making these delicious red velvet cupcakes for my friends.  Hubby has three to take to work for the guys and I will take the rest with me.

These little beauties have a hidden gooey cream cheese frosting center and are also topped with more and then rolled in sparkly red sugar just for fun.

I had to try this recipe out.  It’s not mine it’s from my friend over at Art of Dessert who has perfected it!

Red Velvet Cake
1 1/2 cups butter, softened to room temperature
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 ounce red food coloring (liquid or gel)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups flour
3 Tbs. cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans or line three muffin pans with cupcake liners.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Combine yogurt, red food coloring and vanilla extract in a small bowl. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Alternate adding the yogurt mixture and flour mixture into the large bowl. Pour batter into prepared pans or lined muffin pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes (15-20 minutes for cupcakes) or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting

16 oz. (two 8 oz. bars) cream cheese, cold
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
7 cups powdered sugar, measure then sift

With the mixer on a low speed, beat the cream cheese and butter till blended. Mix in vanilla and lemon extracts. Slowly add the powdered sugar, a cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is added, increase to a higher speed to whip up the frosting till light and fluffy.

Recipe by Art of Dessert

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ChefBliss on 11 February, 2009 at 1:19 am #

These look wonderful! I love cake, I have to not make it or I would eat it every day!! Thanks for sharing!


Colleen on 11 February, 2009 at 6:30 am #

LOL.. oh I fully understand! I took a tiny fork full from my husband’s cupcake just to check the taste and that is it! They will all be going off to school with me today to give away. 🙂


Rianne on 11 February, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

Thank you for trying out my recipe:-) Your cupcakes turned out fabulous! I love the cream cheese frosting center and the sparkly sugar on top. Great job!


Colleen on 11 February, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

Thank you Rianne! A fabulous recipe from a lovely lady!! 🙂


Joan on 12 February, 2009 at 10:17 am #

This recipe looks delicious! I’m going to try some cupcakes for Valentines day. My grandkids will love them. Glad I have grandkids now to eat up all my creations-lol.


Colleen on 12 February, 2009 at 1:33 pm #

Thanks Joan! I don’t have grandkids yet so am still palming things off on the people my husband works with, family and friends.. 🙂


The Duo Dishes on 18 February, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

No time like Vday better for red velvet.


Lori on 20 February, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

Yum! I love red velvet


lisa on 20 February, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

Delighted I stumbled on here – what a lovely website!! I’ve never even seen Red Velvet cake(it isn’t available in Ireland at all as far as I know), but heard of it and always wanted to see and try it, it really looks great!


Colleen on 20 February, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

Hi Lisa! I’m originally from Australia and had never seen it until last year myself. It sure is popular here right now… Not sure how many I’ve made for friends who have requested one for their birthday! Hope you make one and let me know what you think! cheers for now, Colleen 🙂


Colleen on 20 February, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

Hi Lori, thanks for dropping by! 🙂


Tonia on 2 March, 2009 at 5:29 am #

YUM!


Colleen on 2 March, 2009 at 6:44 am #

And just for you I can make these gluten free!! You see there is no escape!! 😉


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