Happy Valentines – Red Velvet cupcakes

Happy Valentines Day one and all xx

What better cupcake to celebrate the day of lurve than Red Velvet?! I took this receipe from ‘The Cupcake Bible’ which I bought in the States. Starting with a bowl of salt and flour, a bowl of cocoa powder and red colouring, a bowl of butter and caster sugar and another bowl of buttermilk and vanilla (phew! I’d almost run out of bowls!), finally a fizzing science lesson-like reaction between the bicard of soda and white vinegar and everything comes together in a stunning blood-bath of rouge batter.

20 mins at 180 c (15 mins in a fan oven) later, and there are a bunch of 18 ruby red beauties staring back at me. I decorated these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – I added extra icing sugar to make the frosting stiff enough to pipe, red edible glitter and chocolate shavings.

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