Red Velvet Cupcake from scratch with cream cheese icing

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Want to learn the history of Red Velvet Cake? Check out this well-researched piece on Gilt TasteThe Unknown History of Red Velvet Cake by pastry-chef and blogger Stella Parks.  While my own recipe is not true to the original Red Velvet cake (which was actually more of a chocolate cake with a slight red hue due to the interaction of cocoa powder, buttermilk, vinegar), it is not — as Parks would say — “a crimson chalk-fest,” either.

Nope, mine is a simple recipe (as usual) that uses vanilla extract (no scraping vanilla bean pods here!), red food coloring (yes, I admit it), and your standard cream cheese icing.  So maybe my recipe isn’t completely authentic.  But so what?  It’s easy.  And delicious.  And in my book, that’s what counts.

Red Velvet Cupcake from scratch with cream cheese icing

Red Velvet Cupcake from scratch with cream cheese icing

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