How to make green velvet cupcakes.
Step 1: Make cupcake batter according to red velvet cake recipe, using green food colouring in place of red.
Step 2: Pour batter into cupcake trays.
Step 3: Discover oven is broken, see thermostat lying on bottom of oven.
Step 4: Place batter-filled cupcake trays into cupcake courier.
Step 5: Drive to grandmother’s house with cupcake courier on back seat. Avoid speed bumps, sharp corners and pot holes.
Step 6: Ask grandmother to bake the cupcakes.
Step 7: Pick up cupcakes from grandmother’s house and leave one behind for her.
Filed under Cupcakes, Recipe
I used my regular recipe but reduced the oil content. The last few times I’ve made red velvet cupcakes the oil has seemed to settle in the bottom of the cupcakes and left an unpleasant aftertaste. Official Cupcake Tester aka hubby said the aftertaste problem was gone but they were not quite velvety enough so next time I’ll use 1 and 1/4 cups of oil. The recipe makes 24 cupcakes and they cooked in about 24 minutes. The cream cheese frosting recipe can be found here. Four cupcakes were given to my friend Sybella who started a brand new job today (we will miss you!), eleven went to hubby’s friends for their regular Monday night football get-together, a couple were sacrificed for taste testing and the rest went to my Dad and Nanna. I didn’t have one. I really do like the making more than the eating for some treats. Unless it’s chocolatey of course.
This way-too-cute cupcake is from The Cupcake Factory and was delicious! Possibly best ever store-bought cupcake.
These are modified red velvet cupcakes in fireworks colours! Well, they are the closest I could get to fireworks-inspired cupcakes in a limited amount of time. Mini M&Ms sit on top of cream cheese frosting.
I immediately made a new friend when I arrived at the NYE party carrying these – she was maybe six years old and followed me everywhere until I opened the box.
To be fair, I once bought a carrot cupcake fromThe Cupcake Bakeryand it was pretty good. This time I tried a vanilla flavoured and a red velvet cupcake. Both were not special. They just tasted too…nothing. Perhaps it was because we tried them 4 hours after purchase? Perhaps. I will buy one again and eat it straight away. I’d be a bad blogger if I didn’t.
It was by chance that hubby and I stumbled upon Babycakes in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. On the way back from the gym we popped in to sample the cakes, but alas, the latest batch were only just out of the oven. We were told to come back in 20 minutes or so. Of course we returned, and placed our order. We chose three of the four flavours available – red velvet, chocolate and coconut.
We weren’t disappointed. Fresh, moist and tasty. My only complaint was the texture was so fine that they were a bit crumbly. You can’t beat fresh cupcakes though! Babycakes’ web site seems to be unavailable, however you can find their contact details here.
Katie’s cupcake tour of America rating – 4/5
I’d all but given up on finding a cupcake shop in San Diego (I’m sure they exist, we just didn’t have the time), until on our last night I spied red velvet cupcake on the menu of the restaurant we were at – Claim Jumper. Yay! I ordered one to take home. The container squashed the pretty icing, but who was I to complain!
I tucked into the cupcake late that night, but I was sadly disappointed. It was dense and oily, without much flavour. The red wasn’t as brilliant as the artificially-coloured recipe I use, which would have been OK if the texture was “velvety”. If that cupcake had been my introduction to red velvet I would have decided I didn’t like it, and probably never tried to bake it myself. Lucky that wasn’t the case!
Katie’s cupcake tour of America rating – 1/5
No, I’m not Irish, I just love any excuse to bake! Would you eat green velvet cake?