Shells Red Velvet (melt in the mouth, world peace) Cupcakes

Yes people… this might actually be the cure for world peace (or at least it will make your colleagues smile long enough to forget why they came to ask you for something!) – I might even re-name these to *Freaky Friday cupcakes* … as the only decorations that I had were the Halloween bats leftover from last year (still edible, I promise!)

batman or freak friday inspired???

Shells  and I have been friends for almost 18years now….along with Kir – characterized by one of those  *lifetime friendship* categories – whereby we can live on opposite sides of the world, not speak regularly, but are able to be there when they other needs us or pick up conversations that are months old – as if not a minute has gone by! Plus we accept each other, warts and all!

She made these cupcakes the other day and sent me a photo and BBM saying *you HAVE to feature these on your blog, will send recipe*… and she duly did… so here is me, showcasing her fabulous cupcakes (pictures are my own… not hers)!!

Red Velvet cupcakes

Red Velvet Tray of FUN!

1 and half cups of caster sugar

100g butter


2 and quarter cups of flour

2 Tablespoons of cocoa

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

half a teaspoon salt

1 cup of buttermilk

1 Tablespoon red food colouring

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon white vinegar

  1. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugar until light in colour and fluffy
  2. Add eggs one at a time
  3. Beat each on in fully
  4. In another bowl, sift together the remaining dry ingredients
  5. In a third bowl large bowl, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients – buttermilk, vanilla, vinegar and food colouring.
  6. love this colour… don’t you?

  7. Use the wet ingredients bowl as a the main mixing bowl
  8. Add a small amount of the dry mixture and then butter mixture alternately, beating well after each addition
  9. Mixture must be thick!
  10. Add more buttermilk if it is unmanageable
  11. Fill cupcake casings (approx 14-18) and bake at 180C for 18-20minutes

still needs to be iced…..


100g soft butter

2 cups of icing sugar

250g cream cheese

  • Beat together and ice cooled cupcakes

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