Red Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Santa Hats
Red Velvet is a classic southern cake and I was thrilled to have it selected for the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Club this month! Red Velvet cake is essentially a moist light chocolate cake infused with red color and topped with cream cheese icing. Yumm!!
Although Martha's recipe looked fantastic just the way it was, I had to start with a few substitutions: White Whole Wheat Flour (it's better for you, and you can really not tell the difference!), dark cocoa (because that is what was in my pantry) and Beets. Yes, you heard right. The only reason I have not made a red velvet cake before is because it sort of freaks me out to put an entire bottle of red dye no. 40 into a single recipe of cake. The side bar of the cookbook, however, mentioned that some bakers use beet juice instead of red dye. A natural food color sounded much more appealing!
I started with two tablespoons of beet juice (NOTE: Get cooked beets, NOT pickled beets!).
Two tablespoons, I decided, was not red enough.
I decided to put the entire can of beets and juice in the blender.
Slowly, I added the pureed beets little by little into the batter.
After the entire can of beets was in it, it looked like this.
I was slightly hopeful, thinking it had a bit of a garnet hue.
Here's the finished cake. Not very red, but very delicious!
Amazingly, none of my taste testers could perceive any beet flavor!
The cake is made with buttermilk and oil and is very moist.
I do believe the color would have been evident had I used regular cocoa powder instead of the dark.
I've seen these cute little strawberry Santa hats on line and thought they would be a great topper to a Red Velvet Cupcake.
A delicious and festive cake. Thanks to Cindy at Everyday Insanity for this great holiday selection!
You can find this delicious recipe on Martha Stewart's Website HERE!
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