Laura Has No Socks




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Once upon a time there lived a girl who hated cake. Oh, she thought they were cute and lovely, but she never really cared for frosting or ganache or even fondant. She always thought that cake was too heavy of a dessert and preferred to munch on fruit instead. 

Then one day, she met Red Velvet. And the Red Velvet rocked the socks out of her world. 

I've tried many red velvet cakes, but this one, I think, is worth sharing because it's a red velvet that doesn't use vegetable oil. Almost all the recipes I've found call for at least a cup of oil, which makes the cake very moist, but also leaves a nasty, greasy feeling in my mouth. This recipe uses butter. I'll tell you now, the cake is still moist, but isn't AS moist as your typical red velvet cupcake. The upside is that you can eat more than one. AND Cream cheese buttercream frosting. 'Nuff said. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes
(makes 15 cupcakes)
*recipe taken from here.
Ingredients:
DRY
1 1/3 cups flour
4 Tablespoons of Cocoa powder (I used Dutch process. )
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
WET
4 Tablespoons softened (not melted) butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 c buttermilk*
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon red food coloring
*If you don't have buttermilk, you can make some by adding a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to 3/4 c of milk.

Directions:
*preheat oven to 350 F
1. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and the sugar. 
3. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated.
4. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix well. 
5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well. 
6. Spoon into lined cupcake tins until 3/4 full. 
7. Bake for 22 minutes.
8. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
(makes just enough for 15 cupcakes and then some to eat without cupcakes)
Ingredients:
1 8oz container of cream cheese
4 oz of softened butter (about 4 Tablespoons)
1 tablespoon vanilla
1.5 c of powdered sugar

Directions:
Beat the butter and cream cheese together with a mixer. Add sugar a half cup at a time until well-blended. Add in vanilla. 

What are your favorite cake/cupcake flavors?

57 comments:

  1. Ah, another delicious cupcake. This post makes me crave for one. :)

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  2. Red velvet cupcakes are hands down the best. I will definitely try this recipe out. :D

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  3. oh,, seems delicious!!
    want to try this recipe but I'm not great on cooking.. :c

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  4. Love your short story lol !
    Me too, I LOVE red velvet cake, they are so yummy... tyhanks for the recipe, I have to try it one day :-)


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  5. I am a sucker for carrot cake if it has chopped pecans in it, it's cake paradise for me. However I hate frosting, funnily the only frosting I eat is the one on red velvet because it goes perfect with the cake itself.

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  6. I love any cupcakes, but a current favourites are chocolate ones that have whole pieces of Marabou Daim chocolate. :) But that will probably change once I try these out ;) xoxo

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  7. Oh yum! Red Velvet cake is sooo delicious. It's the cream cheese frosting that does it for me. That's why I love carrot cake too :) Heather

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  8. This looks good! I do like red velvet cake now and again. I am a sucker for fun flavored frosting, though, as I usually just lick the frosting off and leave the cake. I made a killer cherry-chocolate butter cream once and even though I don't like chocolate, I made an exception in my tummy.

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  9. Omg you are the only other person I know whonknows what ephemera are!
    I love red velvet the most.

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  10. Oh cakes, cupcakes, any type of pastry for that matter... they are just so pretty and delightful to eat. I stay away from them though, cuz if I had it my way, God knows how many I would eat in one sitting lol. My fave has always been and will always be Blueberry cheesecake :) Now that's a little hard to resist haha

    Cheers,

    Wi
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  11. Haha! If nothing else red velvet is sure to turn you into cake fiend! and that is a particularly fine one!

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  12. Red velvet is my mom's favorite! For her birthday I made her red velvet sandwich cookies with cream cheese frosting in the middle - so good! These look great!

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  13. Red velvet is so amazing. UGH i need to make myself bake already. I have never seen a recipe involving oil nor would I ever use one, that's kind of icky. Butter is SO the way to go! <3

    anastasia

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  14. RED VELVET!!! One of my FAVORITES!!

    xoxo Denise

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  15. Red velvet is so amazing...very compliment.. kiss

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  16. Is it weird that I really love carrot cake cupcakes? Like a lot?

    xoxo ~ Courtney
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  17. Red velvet are my favorite hands down. I was introduced to it when I visited Magnolia Bakery in NYC after seeing Carrie eat a cupcake oh so delicately on SATC. A lot of people say it taste like devils cake but I didn't think so. It has a very unique taste to it and topped with the cream cheese frosting - it's what dying and going to heaven feels like - I think ;) Thanks for the recipe - I usually just buy the pre-mix pack, I know I know, I just don't have the time! Maybe one day when I am on break I will make use of this recipe ;)

    Thu

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  18. I always seem to stick to vanilla with vanilla frosting when I'm getting a cupcake! I've tried a red velvet once and don't remember being that keen but they do look delicious so I think I'll have to give them another chance and try this recipe sometime! x ps. I'm glad you explained how to make buttermilk as I was thinking I'm not sure if I could get it here! x

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  19. I love cream cheese frosting, so I am a big fan of red velvet cake.

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  20. I never really liked cake as a child, either - I was more for the ice cream when it was party time :D Now, though, I love to bake, so I occasionally do make cakes and cupcakes and decorate them :) I think my favorite cake + frosting combo involves lemon!

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  21. oh man this is my most highly requested cupcake to make, my family loves the red velvet cupcake!

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  22. Lol cute story about the cupcake thing!
    Unfortunate we don't have Red Velvet cupcakes :(
    So thanks for sharing the recipe!

    xx

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  23. Right I think i've just found one of my first things to bake in my new flat! I've always wanted to try Red Velvet but i've always found that using oil in recipes just doesn't end up well and they don't last too long! Definitely going to give these a go!

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  24. Oh I'll have to try this!
    I love red velvet cupcakes ;)


    <3,
    Dana

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  25. I go goo goo ga ga over red velvet anything!!! OMG'd and cream cheese! LOVE!!! Thanks for this great recipe. Will have to give it a try! :D I like devil's food and buttercream also! WOOT
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  26. oh yum! I really need to learn to make red velvet cupcakes, I may need to borrow your recipe :)

    I love me some chocolate choc chip cupcakes ^_^

    Talitha xx

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  27. Looks delicious! I had a pumpkin cupcake today that was super fluffy and lightweight and topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. But now I'm craving red velvet. Cute blog!

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  28. looks gorgeous! my mam is a brilliant cupcake maker but i'm not sure if she uses oil in her recipes?? i think she tends to use butter

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    xx

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  29. looks gorgeous! my mam is a brilliant cupcake maker but i'm not sure if she uses oil in her recipes?? i think she tends to use butter

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    xx

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  30. OH MAN THIS LOOKS SOOOOO GOOD. Must bake this weekend!

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  31. I love red velvet cupcakes! My favs!

    Pearl

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  32. I'm a chocolate gal myself but I hate a pink velvet cake a few weeks ago (I wonder if it was the same as red velvet?) that was just divine! Yum! Thanks for your kind words :)

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  33. This looks and sounds YUM.org!! I want!! lol Kiah

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  34. OH wow that looks amazing!! You are such a pro at baking - my baking idol hehe.

    I love chocolate, chestnut flavour, in Japan now - sweet potatoes.. and it goes on and on and on...

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  35. I am definitely going to have to try this... My favorite cupcake flavor is banana cupcakes... And just like you I was never a fan of frosting..it must be Asian thing?

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  36. Why do you always have the most delicious looking food on your blog? I always go eat a second dinner or dessert after reading :)
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  37. Thanks for the recipe! Looks delicious cant wait to try it!

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  38. sooo yummy!!!! hope i could taste it too... thanks for sharing how to make it... kissess!!!!


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  39. you seriously always have the best recipes! must try these asap. i think i've only ever tried red velvet cupcakes from sprinkles & the frosting is just too over kill. i always feel sick after eating hahaha

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  40. yum yum, I normally don't eat cup cakes, I just admire them and think they look yummy. Most cupcakes are too rich for me. Ha...But yours look like chocolate cake in a cup with cheese topping so it's worth trying! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. OMG! I have to try this! Sounds delicious! <3<3

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  42. Wow this looks good! I really miss cupcakes...especially crumbs! They dont really have cup cakes here in Germany which is a pity....
    I love red velvet but also like simple ones like vanilla or cookies and cream.

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  43. too mouthwatering. I am stressed out, usually I crave for something sweet when I feel lyk this. hahah..

    thx for sharing (:

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  44. can you believe I have never had one >,< BUT I REALLY REALLY want to try one now because that looks delicious and cream cheese frosting....my absolute fave

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  45. yay for that sweet cupcake! thank you thank you for the recipe.. i want to try doing my own cupcakes this halloween for my little kiddo.. yay! excited much!
    take care hun! mmuah muah!

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  46. Im not a cake fan either.....but Ill be more than happy to invite a cupcake to the party any day of the week, lol......looks like a great recipe!!!

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  47. holy shizzz... when i get my kitchen up and running this is the FIRST thing i'm going to make!!! thanks for the recipe laura dear!!

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  48. Yummy ! beautiful cupcake !!!
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  49. Oh my gosh, Red velvet is my absolute FAVORITE. I love it plain though, with out any icing, frosting or glaze, since it's sort of sweet. So delicious!!

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  50. I've never gotten on board with red velvet, but gosh, these look so nice I'm tempted to try them! My favorite cupcakes to make and eat are pumpkin, guinness chocolate (the beer makes them SO moist) and chocolate with coconut oil.

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  51. Mmm yummy! I love red velvet cupcakes!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  52. Why???? Every time I decide I'm going to cleanse myself of all the sugar and bad stuff from some special event I am TEMPTED. I'll just start banging my head on my desk now. They look diving and red velvet is probably my most favourite of all cakes. Unless we're talking a flourless chocolate which you can never eat more than 5 bites of because of how rich it is. Super yum yum.

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  53. Chocolate, of course! ^____^

    LeeAnne, Style N Season
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  54. i think all cupcakes taste the same...DELICIOUS! before, i wasn't huge on cakes because i was always thinking about the sugar and fat grams and ended up scraping the frosting off...but, i've since learned that it can't hurt once in a while and indulge...with the frosting on!

    this recipe seems easy enough...and everyone loves red velvet. i will have to put this on my to-do list.

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  55. omg! I wish i had read this earlier! I was busy all weekend with my sisters birthday that i didnt find time to make the cake and ended up buying it. it was red velvet w cream cheese frosting..dude cream cheese frosting is srs business, its so heavy! but yum :)

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