Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sweet Love

Red velvet cupcake and toffee cookies that I made a while ago.
It's February and that means Valentine's Day is coming up! It's a perfect day to celebrate love; not only for your significant other but for your friends and family as well. I love those days in elementary school when we gave everybody a Valentine's Day card (I miss those!). It should still be celebrated that way :) I haven't decided on what to make as a sweet treat yet but red velvet cupcakes are definitely on the top of my list.

Red Velvet Cupcakes (makes about 18 cupcakes)

Recipe adapted from Sylvia's Red Velvet Cake


2½ cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk, at room temperature
1 ounce red food coloring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, making sure they are well combined after each addition. On low speed, add the flour mixture in two parts, alternating with the buttermilk (starting and ending with the flour mixture). Add the food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly combined.

Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full. (I like using an ice cream scoop for this. It makes it a lot faster and easier to divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. They’re done when a cake tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer pans to wire rack and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from the pans and let them cool completely on the wire rack before topping them with the frosting.

Cupcakes can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Let them get to room temperature (about 20-30 minutes) before serving them.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe adapted from Sylvia's Red Velvet Cake


1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract on medium speed until smooth and creamy. On low speed, add the confectioners' sugar and beat until the frosting is smooth.


  1. I miss valentines day cards at school. SO MUCH FUN! But Valentine's with the hubs ain't bad either.

  2. Red velvet is actually one of my fave cupcake flavors:) and so is toffee;)you got good taste,hehe

    Yes, i cant V-day is only around the corner, time surely flies! I hope you will have a lovely, sweet, and romantic one with your boo!!! Do take pics and share:D

    Looking forward to see what you will cook for V-day!!!

    p.s. yes, i remember sending out those v-day cards to classmates in grade 2 too, hahaha miss those days!


  3. Red velvet is just perfect fro the Valentine's day! By the way I recently tried your chocolate cupcakes - turned out amazing!!! Printed the recipe and put in my cooking book :)

    I was also planning to try this -

    I love valentine's cards too, I keep every single one of them from each year and then read on that day. Makes me feel so loved :D

    Wishing you and your loved ones a happy celebration!

  4. @Hannah: They were so cute! I'm such a hoarder...I still have my favorite V-Day cards from back then lol. Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful celebration!

    @Cinz: Why thank you! hahaha The red color is just so irresistible, isn't it? Thank you for your wonderful wishes...will let you know how it turns out ;)

    @Goodthings: I'm so happy you like the recipe! It's one of my fav...the cake is so moist. The pots de creme look so yummy...would love to know how it turns out.

    So glad to know that I'm not the only one hanging on to all my V-day cards lol. Hope you have a wonderful celebration as well :)

  5. Oh wow.....those look so yummy! Especially the red cupcake! Have a marvelous valentines day!
    May xx