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Red Velvet Cupcakes, variation 1

You really can’t go wrong with red velvet cupcakes. I’ve found that most recipes call for the same ingredients in slightly different quantities, and all of them end up as delicious pieces of heaven covered in cream cheese frosting – yum! This recipe adapted from Sprinkles.

Cupcake Ingredients
1 ½ C flour
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 C buttermilk, shaken
1 ¾ tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1 oz red food coloring
1 ¼ C (10 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1 ¼ C sugar
2 large eggs

Frosting Ingredients
1x 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/8 tsp salt
3 ½ C powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla

Cupcake Directions

Sift together the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt)

Combine wet ingredients (buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, food coloring)

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing until just combined

Add in half the dry ingredients, then the buttermilk mixture, and the remaining dry ingredients. Mix until just blended

Divide the batter into your preferred baking pan, bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

Frosting Directions

Cream together the butter, cream cheese and salt until light and fluffy

Gradually mix in the powdered sugar

Add the vanilla and mix until just combined

Add milk if needed for desired texture

Slather on in heaping quantities, and enjoy!

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Key Lime Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

For a tasty treat topped with deliciously tart cream cheese frosting, these cupcakes rock! Not to be undertaken on a whim though – this recipe calls for a lot of zest, so preparation may take a bit longer than usual.

Cupcake Ingredients
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ¼ C sugar
1 ¾ C flour
2 large eggs
2 ½ Tbsp fresh key lime juice
1 Tbsp key lime zest
¾ C buttermilk
Green food coloring

Frosting Ingredients
8oz package cream cheese, room temperature
½ C (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp key lime zest
½ tsp vanilla
2 C powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp fresh key lime juice (as needed for consistency)

Directions

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

Beat in eggs one at a time until just combined.

Add in key lime zest, juice, and food coloring (easy at first! You can always add more later)

Alternate adding in part of the flour, buttermilk, and remaining flour.

Divide batter into desired baking pan and bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (baking time depends on size of pan). Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.

Add in key lime zest and vanilla, beat until just combined.

Add in powdered sugar.

If needed, add in fresh lime juice until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from here.

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