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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yield 30 (1 cupcake) servings
Red Velvet Cupcakes are always a fun treat for any occasion. The Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting really sets these cupcakes apart. They make a great dessert for birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine's Day.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick® Red Food Color
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.

    Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 30 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

    Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

    Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened, 2 tablespoons sour cream and 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners' sugar until smooth.

    Nutrition information per serving
    Calories: 272
    Fat: 12 g
    Carbohydrates: 38 g
    Cholesterol: 63 mg
    Sodium: 178 mg
    Fiber: 1 g
    Protein: 3 g