As all of us know today happens to be Saint Valentine's day, when about 250 years back this holy person sacrificed his life for his beloved and paving way for lovers to express their love for the years to come. However, now a days couples and prospective couples pamper their lovers with gifts, cards and even romantic dinner to make this day special.
Well, in my case my husband gave me a surprise by taking off from his work for today and tomorrow. Moreover, he booked tickets for us in today's afternoon show after lunch at a decent restaurant. To add to the sweetness of today, prepared some cupcakes with decorative toppings. Sending this Valentine special recipe to Pari's Cooking for my Valentine event where CupoNation is sponsoring a giveaway.
1 1/4 cup Self Rising Flour
8 tbsp unsalted Butter (softened)
2 tbsp Cocoa powder
1 tsp Red color
3/4 cup Sugar(granulated)
1 cup Buttermilk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Baking powder
2 tsp Water
Pinch of salt
250 gms Cream cheese
2 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
Any food color
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 cup cake pan.
In a small glass mix 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 2 tsp water and red color. Mix thoroughly and leave this for 10 minutes. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt in a large bowl. Cream together butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well for a minute on medium speed. Add vanilla essence and mix well. Blend in dry flour mixture into the sugar batter then 1/4 of buttermilk alternating until mixed well.
Mix in red liquid and follow fold method (with a spatula cut down through the mixture, move across the bottom of the bowl and come back up). Fill up the lined cupcake pan only till half mark. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool completely. Once they are cooled completely, frost with your choice of frosting or decorate as you wish.
I finished if off half of the lot with fingerlicking Cream Cheese Frosting and remaining with whipped cream with Cardamom flavour. Red Velvet cupcakes are traditionally frosted with Cream cheese which to me is a match made in heaven !! Added food color to make them more beautiful. Just remember to add it a couple of drops at a time though, then mix it. Stop when it reaches your desirable color.
Take a large chilled bowl add in 250 gms cream cheese, 2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp vanilla essence and beat on a medium speed until blended well. Add sugar 1/3 at a time and beat till it reaches medium stiffness. Do Not Overbeat or it can turn runny !! Remaining frosting can be stored in a ziplock pouch can keep in freeze section upto 2 months. Just thaw it completely and run it on low speed to bring back the smooth consistency.