Monday, January 16, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcake Craze


Have you tried the stunning red velvet cupcakes? Oh boy they are to die for!
First time trying this wonderful cupcake was when I visited the Hummingbird Bakery in Portobello Road Market, London. I've heard about the red velvet craze for quite a while but never really got the chance to taste the cupcakes until recently. After taking the first bite, I knew I had to learn to make this delightful dessert myself.

The Red Velvet cupcake got its name because of its distinctive rich red colour that originally comes from the reaction of unprocessed cocoa powder with the acid in buttermilk.But often now, we just use the processed cocoa powder we can find on shelves at the the supermarket.So now the red colour would come from the red food colouring added to the batter.Now that you've known a bit about the red velvet cupcakes, lets get to business!

I got a red velvet cupcake recipe that I'd like to share with all of you.The recipe is from The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes and Muffins, Recipe text ©Tarek Malouf & The Hummingbird Bakers. It is a wonderful book packed with 28 recipes for cupcakes, muffins and frostings.An awesome book for a sweet tooth like me! You should also get one! ;)

The actual recipe makes 12 cupcakes but I doubled it cuz they tasted so gooooooodd that I kept on coming for more.I think y'all would do the same thing.

Ingredients and Steps
For the Red Velvet cupcakes (Makes 24)

120g/ 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter, at room temperature
300g/1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons red food colouring(liquid) I used red food colouring powder.So 2 1/2 teaspoons was enough.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
240ml/1 cup of buttermilk
300g of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 teaspoons of white vinegar

  • Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Change to high speed and slowly add the eggs.Beat until well mixed.
  • In another bowl, mix together cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla extract. Mix to make a thick paste.
  • Add the paste to the butter mixture and mix well until everything is evenly combined.
  • Using low speed on the mixer, beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk until everything is well incorporated.Turn the mixer up to high speed and mix until you get a smooth, even mixture.
  • Turn back to slow speed.Add baking soda and white vinegar.
  • Lastly, put the mixer on high speed and beat for a couple of minutes.
  • Pour the mixture into the paper case about 2/3 full and bake in a preheated oven (170 Celcius) for 20- 25 minutes.You can check by inserting a skewer in the centre.It should come out clean.
  • After removing the cupcakes from the oven, leave them to cool slightly.Then remove the cupcakes from the pan to let them cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting ( Enough for 24 cupcakes)

400g/2 cups  cups of icing sugar, sifted ( Reduce the icing sugar if you find it too sweet)
100g/6 tablespoons of unsalted butter
250g of cream cheese, cold

  • Beat the icing sugar and butter on medium speed until the mixture combines and is well-mixed.
  • Add cream cheese all at once and beat until well mixed.Turn the mixer to a medium-high speed/
  • Beat the frosting until it is light and fluffy for about 5 minutes.
  • DO NOT OVERBEAT! As this will make the frosting to become runny.
  • When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the cream cheese frosting on top and decorate as you wish.I sprinkled the top with the red crumbs from the cupcakes
  • Wallla...Now you have made yourself a delicious stunning red velvet cupcakes!
I said less is more..Fizz said more is better! Hee..lagi banyak la red crumbs kan..

Muka teruja sorunk2 nak makan Red Velvet Cupcakes!

Happy Baking!

Till the next post...
Tschüss und mach's gut!


Umar Kadir said...

okay.. yang ni confirm kene cuba! love chocolates!!!

DanieL AdiE said...

Really need to try..


Kene ada sifu siap pegang rotan..baru boleh belajar...

Anonymous said...

yummehh.... nmpak cm sedap la... :)

gadizgula said...

what a coincidence. my sis just baked RV cuppies yesterday. but i forgot to snap the pic! i loike it very much!

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to umar:
Seriously kena cuba!

to Adie:
Haha..boleh je try dulu...nanti siffu perbetul apa yang x betul.. :)

Memang sedap sue..

to gadizgula:
Haha...yeah me too..


i've tried for my very 1st time at Pavilion, KL OMG yesss they are something that we are dying for-- going to buy them again and maybe bake too. thanks for the recipe :D

Jαnnαhツ said...

sedap nyer. ramai org cakap psl red velvet cake skang. huhu

rain_gurlz said...

yummy..nmpk sgt sedap

Anonymous said...

Hey there! I have always love reading your entries but sometimes, the way you smile in your pictures (its really obvious that you're trying to stress on the dimple) really bugs me. First of all, am certainly not a hater. But it really bugs me, i know u have a great dimple but seriously u dont have to show it in MOST of your pictures. Sorry but no offense. I think your natural smile works best and looks better than the 'senyum senget' to make ur dimple visible. Keep on writing great entries bro. Again, i'm sorry if you're hurt by my comments.

eLiza nABILah said...

nyum nyum nyum!!!!

HaFizaH aYu said...

grr~~sedap nyer kne cuba nih xblh jd

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to a flying unicorn:
You're most welcome.. :)

to Jannah:
Kan...terus teruja nak try buat sendiri..

to rain_gurlz:
Rasa pon sangat sedap.. :p

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to anonymous:
No worries..i didnt take it personally.If you've met me in person, then you would know how i smile in real life.Even in my ic, i have that senget smile.It's not that im emphasizing on the dimple..seriously not.If you see the 5th pic where im holding the cupcake, that was me smiling naturally...and you can still see the dimple there..sorry if it's bugging u..

to eliza: nom nom nom...

to Hafizah:
Haha yes..that's the spirit!

Che Kay said...

huhuhu oven Che Kay dah jahanam.... dah tak boleh nak cuba apa2... main kukus2 je la. agak2 kalau buat red velvet cupcake kukus jadi ke? huhuhu

Hann Haidar said...

selalu beli, tak pernah buat. lepas tgk ni, rasa mcm senang je actually :D

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to che kay:
Ala kesiannya..xtau la jadi ke x..why dont you give it a try? hehe

Hann Haidar:
It's seriously satisfying kalau buat sendiri..mungkin x secantik kedai la kan..tapi still sedap...

Paige a.k.a Hani said...

bru je tgok cup cake warriors kat astro.. now, bce plak resepi cup cake neh.. mcm tuhan nak kte, "eyh, pegi la blaja wat cup cake 2". btw, thanx 4 d recipe... gonna try to make it soon. =)

sully86 said...

nabs: terbaik lah!!

Azri Jasni said...

Hummingbird Bakery is the best! :D buku tu pun sgt best buat terliur. haha

Fareha Rahmat (Bos Besar) said...

Red Velvet adeiiii mmg terbaik!!!

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to paige:
Oh ada cerita tu ke? haha..Yeah you should definitely try to make them..

to sully:
:) thanx..

to Azri:
I haven't tried red velvet from other bakeries, so i can't say much..but the first time trying red velvet, memang akan crave for more lah..

to Fareha:
:) Kan2...

ArianA said...

my favorite too..confirm nak try bake lepas ni..the recipe is much simpler than time buat entry psl recipe lagi nabeyl~~

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to Ariana:
Ni mesti blum godek2 my blog ni..dah banyak la recipes i share dalam ni.. ;)

Anonymous said...

OMG nabil! Im so in love with red velvet cake. ive tried delicious,fat spoon,wondermilk n just had mine lst night at ben's. but looking at urs, i feel like immediately shoot to Germany and buy those cakes from you. Haha. Tell me whenever u coming bck ok!


Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to nanymho:
Haha are you serious? Mine won't be as good as the one you find at the restaurants..Sangat homemade kot..oh and you should making them..lagi satisfying then buying outside.. :)

Sumandak Kinabalu said...

nak buku tu jugakkk =(
kalau kat sini rasanya ada ak jual buku tu?

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to Sumandak:
Rasanya ada kot..sebab dia jual kalau xde boleh beli online.. :)

under the sky said...

just what i need for next baking project...thanxx

Nabil Aizat Abdul Rahman said...

to under the sky:
You're most welcome..Enjoy Baking!