Red Velvet Cupcakes – Happy Valentine’s Day!

by Charlie Rioux on February 14, 2012

According to Wikipedia, Valentine’s Day is  “an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“)”.

Well, my definition of Valentine’s Day is an occasion to celebrate love. And love is not synonym of lovers. Love is present in our relationships with friends and relatives… even in our relationships with our pets ;).

So let’s celebrate love in all its forms!

And I decided to do this by making cupcakes. And giving them to my friends today.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Adaptation of Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, Oh She Glows

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 cup golden cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp red food coloring

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup earth balance (or butter), softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese (vegan or regular)
  • 1 tbsp milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt with a whisk.

In a second bowl, beat the milk, sugar, oil, vinegar, vanilla and food coloring with an electric mixer on low speed. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 22-25 minutes, until the cupcake slowly springs back when pressed with a finger. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat the earth balance/butter and the cream cheese until combined. Beat in the milk and vanilla. Add the icing sugar in 1/2 cup batches. When all the sugar is added, beat for 5 more minutes, or until the frosting is white.

I frosted the cupcakes with a pastry bag and 2D tip and made a rose by swirling inside-out. I decorated with chocolate ganache and heart candies.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Delicious cupcakes to show your love to someone ;).

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Steph@stephsbitebybite February 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Happy Valentine’s Day! Can’t go wrong with tons of red velvet cupcakes!

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Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I totally agree – my husband and I get way more enjoyment out of how much our kids enjoy Valentine’s day than we do!

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Lacy @ NYCityEats February 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The heart candies make these cupcakes super cute! I love red velvet, and I love how much I’m reading of it today! I bet these are fantastic!

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torviewtoronto February 14, 2012 at 9:15 PM

this is lovely looks wonderful

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Amy February 14, 2012 at 9:30 PM

These sound delicious, and so perfect for today :)! Hope your Valentine’s day was wonderful!

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Carolyn February 16, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Those are beautiful, Charlie. And I love how you decorated them!

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Amber February 18, 2012 at 2:40 AM

These looks so delicious. I love this cupcakes. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} February 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Happy belated Valentine’s day Charlie! hope your day was a special one!
The cupcakes look great!

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Wytt February 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Those cupcakes looks good from inside out. I got to try this recipe of yours.

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Brock March 6, 2012 at 4:07 AM

Those cupcakes looks so heavenly! I got to try them out myself; with a few tweaks to remove the Valentine’s Day look, of course.

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Jean Scott May 16, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Maan! The cupcakes look really stunning. I will have to prepare some like those ones during my birthday. It will be a nice treat for myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Mercy Owen May 17, 2012 at 8:34 AM

The cakes look absolutely amazing.. I will try them out

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