I was asked to make a batch of red velvet cupcakes as a present for Kurt’s mum. I had not made red velvet cake before so I was very exciting as I love a new challenge in the kitchen. With being rather busy I do not often get the opportunity to try new things with my cakes so when someone orders it, I rise to the challenge and have a lot of fun with it.
I found a recipe by Nigella Lawson and headed to the mixer to get baking.
The recipe was easy to follow and I loved the comment about the amount of red colouring to use as I did wonder if I was using too much, however it assures you to add it all! I used my Sugarflair Ruby paste colour as this was the one I had in my kit.
They baked really well and the colour was a fantastic vibrant red, so far so good! The recipe uses a cream cheese frosting but I chose to go with a vanilla frosting topping, using a piping bag to create a simple swirl then decorated with red sugar crystals. They then got popped into a cupcake box with a red ribbon tied in a bow as the finishing touch.
Kurt’s mum loves red velvet cakes and the feedback was fantastic and we had got the red velvet cake right yeay! A new sponge to add to our list, I just need to try it as a large cake now.
The full recipe and method can be found at
You will need :-
250g plain flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g soft unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
1 heaped tablespoon christmas red paste food colouring
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cidar vinegar