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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Oxmoor House
Prep time 11 mins
Cook time 16 mins
Other time 30 mins
Yield 1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)
All of the key ingredients for a traditional red velvet cake—cocoa, buttermilk, vinegar, and red food coloring—are here in these colorful cupcakes. They will be a hit for Christmas, Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July, or any other special occasion where red and white are the colors of choice.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutrition Information

  • calories 200
  • fat 7.3 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • protein 4.1 g
  • carbohydrate 29.9 g
  • cholesterol 32 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 252 mg
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Place 12 paper muffin cup liners in muffin cups. Set aside.

  3. Combine granulated sugar and shortening in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until creamy.

  4. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, stirring with a whisk just until smooth. Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  5. Spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons Cream Cheese Frosting over tops of cupcakes.

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