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This Valentine’s Day, Enjoy Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Let’s be honest: Valentine’s Day desserts can frequently be heavy on the heart imagery and corny quotes, and lacking in quality and taste. It’s certainly common and tempting to try to find the most extravagant dessert possible to celebrate the holiday — think fancy truffles or decadent chocolates — when a more classic or simple option is what’s really desired by all. The solution? Red velvet.

Red velvet does not always get the love it deserves: it’s a flavour that’s equally as delicious as chocolate or vanilla, but has a celebratory, festive feel perfect for Valentine’s Day. So instead of buying the run-of-the-mill, overused chocolates or candies, try this easy recipe for sweet, miniature red velvet cupcakes. These cupcakes can be enjoyed with either vanilla buttercream or cream cheese frosting, and will serve you well for ample occasions besides Valentine’s too.

Ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease or line two muffin pans (they should ideally hold 12 cupcakes).
  3. Beat the butter and sugar with a mixer. Combine the eggs, buttermilk, food colouring and vanilla. Add in the vinegar and baking soda. Combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir them into the batter until blended.
  4. Pour the batter into the cupcake cups.
  5. Bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top of the cupcake rises when touched.
  6. Let muffins cool and then frost with cream cheese or buttercream vanilla icing.

Thanks to All Recipes for the recipe and the imagery!

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