On the 5th day of Christmas: A Sweet Treat to Eat!

in a nutshell has brought all of us so many great joys, but one of my personal favourites has definitely been learning that I am a baker at heart. You, readers, have watched my foray into the baking world once before, and I have been at it again – working my way through the kitchen to find you a treat that will make your guests putty in your hands this Holiday season. Cue, red velvet cupcakes!

Red velvet is a southern classic, a cupcake with a hint of cocoa and known for it’s luscious red colour and mouthwatering cream cheese icing. The colours are perfect for the season, so I turned to the cake boss, Buddy Valastro himself, for the perfect red velvet recipe.

Everything you'll need!

Red Velvet Cupcakes:

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Sift 2 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup cocoa power and 1/2 tsp. salt into a bowl. Set aside!

    Sifted flour, cocoa & salt.

  •  In another bowl, beat 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) of unsalted butter at low speed until creamy.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups sugar to the butter, blending on medium speed, until fluffy. (Approximately 3 minutes)
  • Add 2 eggs, mixing well after each.
  • Scrape bowl; add 2 Tbsp. of red food colouring and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract.
  • On low speed, add 1 cup of buttermilk and sifted flour mixture, in thirds, alternating between the two. (Make sure that you begin and end with flour mixture!)
  • In a small bowl, stir together 2 tsp. distilled white vinegar and 1 tsp. baking soda. (Be prepared to feel like you’re completing a 2nd grade science project – this is normal!)

  • Fill cupcake liners with batter.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Approximately 25-30 minutes)

Cupcakes before and after baking

 Cream Cheese Icing:

  • Beat 16 oz. (2 packages) of cream cheese and 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) of unsalted butter at medium speed until smooth. (Approximately 1 minute)
  • Blend 2 1/2 cups sifted sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract into the mix, on low speed for 30 seconds and then on medium-high speed until fluffy.

Putting it all together…

I am lucky enough to have a cake decorating tool that has a variety of ‘tips’ that let you make shapes with icing. I used a floral tip in a circular motion, to make the icing on my cupcakes to look ‘wintery’.


Ingredients: $20. Time: 2 hours. Jess' Reaction: Priceless!


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About Meghan Brown

Meghan is inanutshell’s contributor who has a lot of different interests and a strong (and humorous) opinion. As a Martha Stewart wanna-be, you can expect lots of delicious recipes, DIY projects and organization tips from her. A lover of pop culture and anything buzzworthy, you can count on her to write about things that she's currently obsessing over and provide colour commentary on a variety of topics. Bad Habit: Reformed (still working on it) Nail Biter/ Favourite Food: Mashed Potatoes / Favourite Restaurant: El Camino / Wine of Choice: Riesling / Favorite Song: Don’t Stop Believing / Favourite Music Genre: Everything, but rap & hip hop have my heart / Favorite Movie: It’s A Wonderful Life / Favorite TV Series: Grey’s Anatomy or Friends/ Favourite Sport: Hockey / Favourite Team: Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators / Blackberry or iPhone: iPhone / Favorite Book: Lolita /

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