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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yield 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Chunky Cherry Icing

How to Make It

  1. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Stir in vanilla extract and food coloring until blended.

  2. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt. Add to shortening mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into greased and floured muffin pans, or line with lightly greased cupcake liners, filling two-thirds full.

  3. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack. Spread evenly with Chunky Cherry Icing.