Not-Red Red Velvet Cupcakes

So for some reason, I’m not totally sure why, I decided a few weeks back that I should make Red Velvet cupcakes. Since my dad’s birthday was on Sunday, I figured it would be the perfect time to make them. New recipe day and cupcakes in remembrance on my dad’s birthday. However, I found the whole obscene amounts of red food coloring really off-putting (you can take the girl out of California but…) so I decided to just make them without it. Hence the name not-red red velvet cupcakes. I modified the recipe from the New York Times recipe for red velvet cake and the frosting from Epicurious.

Not-Red Red Velvet Cake
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup milk

Cream together butter and sugar. Then add the egg and vanilla and mix them in. Then the chocolate, and then the milk and the dry ingredients. Mix on high for like a minute. Put about 1/3 cup of batter in an each cupcake slot and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool a bit before frosting

mmmm cupcakes

  mmmm cupcakes. Not even a little red though

Cream Cheese Frosting
4 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Blend the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together. Then add the powdered sugar. Use an electric mixer because I found this to to be really thick. In order to make it more frosting-y, I added about a tablespoon of warm water, and that made it the perfect consistency! Frost the cupcakes and then eat them!

The cake part was alright. I wonder if the visual appeal makes people like the things disproportionately to their actual taste, since it’s not really chocolatey enough to be chocolate, but not vanilla either. And, I will admit, they were a little on the dry side. But the cream creese frosting was unbelievably tasty! Like serious, I was shocked at how good it is, and proceeded to eat the leftovers just by itself (which I highly recommend). So all in all, I give it a grade of “pretty good” And certainly it was a worthwhile experiment. Song of the week: Catch my Breath by Kelly Clarkson. I love Kelly, specifically angry/defiant Kelly. She is one of my main pop guilty pleasures. And I listened to this song a ton on Sunday.

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