Shirlee Goodness Cakery

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Just Velvet Cupcakes

on August 18, 2012

Just Velvet Cupcakes

The inspiration!

My niece Kristi turned six this year.  She loves all things little girls love:  the color pink, anything that sparkles, dresses with skirts that swirl, Hello Kitty, ballet dancing and romance (she’s already picked out the boy she’s going to marry from her many suitors!). For her birthday, I made cupcakes.  My inspiration came from the wrapping paper on her gift.

I had made the most delicious Red Velvet Cake, and wanted to try making the recipe without the red dye.   According to some folklore, the red color of red velvet cakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes without the red dye.

originated because the combination of the cocoa powder with vinegar causes a reddish color, and later dye was added to enhance it.  As you can see, in my case the cocoa powder and vinegar did not result in any suggestion of red, not even a hint of pink!  The cupcakes had a light brown color, more like the color of a spice cake

Since Kristi and her brother don’t like cream cheese frosting, I used the Whipped Vanilla Buttercream suggested by Sarah Magid to go along with her Red Velvet Love Cake.  This buttercream uses flour cooked in milk as a thickener.  The milk and flour mixture is added to the creamed butter and sugar.  I made the buttercream the night before, stored it overnight in the refrigerator, and then whipped it up again in the morning before piping it onto the cupcakes.  It is a nice light and creamy frosting.  Sarah compares the flavor to whipped cream.  I do like the taste better than the traditional buttercream…so yummy!  However, it is limited for decorating because it is very soft.  It wouldn’t be able to hold it’s shape for using fancy tips or making flowers.

Decorating was fun!  I piped half of the cupcakes with the buttercream just as it was and then tinted half of the buttercream pink (of course!).  I used different sprinkles and royal icing flowers from different projects.  Every cupcake was uniquely decorated.  I even topped one cupcake with a fondant pokeball from the Tepig Cake.

Just Velvet Cupcakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

What do you think?  Would this make some nice wrapping paper?

Oooh! Yummy!

By the way, the non-red velvet cupcakes were good, but they just weren’t as extremely delicious as the Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.  I’m not sure if it was because they were cupcakes rather than a cake, or the tang of the cream cheese frosting really brings out the flavor, or maybe the red dye does really make a difference!  In her book, Sarah recounts a time she tinted this Vanilla Whipped Buttercream a pale yellow.  After the party, the hostess called to ask about the yellow frosting, even though she had tasted it numerous times before! I guess our eyes are connected to our taste buds!

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2 responses to “Just Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Beth Brotz says:

    Shirlee, these are gorgeous!!!

  2. mydearbakes says:

    Loved the colors of those cupcakes!

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