Good Monday Morning!
I know, Mondays are always hard. Just to get back into the groove of the regular routine, but I always like starting out with a tough workout in the gym. Today’s workout was back to ‘Routine A’ from Jackie Warner’s book. I find ‘Routine A’ to be the hardest, and it’s definitely because of the UFC’s. KILLER quad move! After I finished the routine, I headed over to the treadmill to complete a 20 minute running workout. Now I’m ready to tackle this work week :D
Now I have a sweet way to start you Monday, check out this recipe for Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cupcakes! I got the recipe for Red Velvet cake from the one & only Jessica. I know you are not one bit surprised by that ;) Yes, she ROCKS at creating recipes!! Her recipe is for Red Velvet cake, but I just used it to make red velvet cupcakes.
This recipe is step by step for my dear friend Lea. She has requested that I be as detailed as possible, so that is exactly what I’m goin gto do. Some of the steps might seem silly to some of you, but just bear with me :)
I have copied this recipe from Jessica’s website, so please check out her page for much more beautiful pictures!
Stuffed Red Velvet Cupcakes
(Adapted from Jessica’s amazing Red Velvet Cake Recipe!)
3/4 cup shortening
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoon cocoa
3 tablespoon red food coloring
3 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/3 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2. Cream shortening and sugar. Shortening is that gross stuff that feels super greasy & I actually HATE cooking with it, but you HAVE to use it for this recipe. It’s worth the greasy hands, I promise. :)
^That’s the gross stuff known as shortening ;)
To cream the shortening & sugar, just use a mixer & put the speed on medium low to medium. (just depends on the mixer. I used a Kitchen Aid, but I’m sure you could just use a hand mixer too!)
It should come out looking sort of like this:
^Kind of like little crumbs
You can purchase cocoa & food coloring in the baking aisle. Some stores might have the food coloring in the spice aisle. You just need the red food coloring, and they do sell it separately. If you can’t find it, you can always ask someone. :)
For the cocoa powder, make sure you buy the POWDER. It should be in a plastic container. It is NOT liquid.
^Red Food Coloring.
6. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk beginning and ending with flour. (<– make sure you follow that step!)
You can purchase buttermilk next to the coffee creamers, typically, or near the regular milk.
7. Add in vanilla and beat for 2 minutes. (You can purchase the vanilla extract near the spices in your grocery store)
9. Pour the batter into the cupcake pan- I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup so that they all got equal batter. The batter is kind of thick, so you kind of ‘plop’ the batter into each cupcake hole.
^Cupcakes are DONE :D
Now, time to make the cream cheese frosting!! I also got this recipe from Jessica’s website…of course ;)
The frosting is super easy to make, but you DEFINITELY need a blender or a mixer. You cannot do this by hand, it just will not work.
3- 8oz blocks of cream cheese
1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 tablespoon vanilla
~ 16 oz powdered sugar (1 bag)
There ya go! That is it! :D I told you it was VERY step-by-step, but I hope it helps make this recipe easier. I think anyone can cook & bake…it just takes practice. Trust me, there will be lots of mess ups- I have had a ton- but that’s ok! It’s not supposed to be perfect everytime. Overtime it will get easier & easier.
I also have a recipe coming up for a meal- which will also be step by step! :) If you have any requests for recipes that you would like step by step instructions, just let me know- I’m here to help! :)
I hope you have a GREAT day!! :D