• Sally from GoodCooks

Red Velvet Love Cakes




Makes 12 deep cupcakes

Prep time: 45 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes


75 g unsalted butter

150 g caster sugar

2 medium eggs

1 tsp thick paste food colouring

1 tsp vanilla extract

15 g cocoa powder

125 ml buttermilk

175 g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp white wine vinegar

Frosting

150 g unsalted butter at room temperature

150 g icing sugar

300 g full-fat cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract


Chocolate hearts

100g plain chocolate, broken into small pieces

100g white chocolate, broken into small pieces




  1. Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan. Line a muffin cake tin with 12 cupcake cases.

  2. Beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk or in a mixer.

  3. Add the eggs and whisk well.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together the red food colouring, and vanilla extract to a paste – Add this mixture to the butter mixture and beat until combined and coloured well!

  5. Turn the speed down so it's slow and mix in the cocoa powder.

  6. Pour in half of the buttermilk and beat on a slow speed. Add in half of the flour and beat again, and then the other half of the buttermilk & beat, and then the other half of the flour & beat.

  7. Now beat in the Bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, and vinegar. Beat again briefly until everything is smooth and incorporated well.

  8. Spoon into the cases each being just about 2/3 full.

  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean when poked with a skewer! Once the cakes are baked, leave to cool on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, now add the cream cheese and vanilla extract.

To Decorate

Carefully melt the plain chocolate in a bowl in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Once melted, spoon into a piping bag. Snip a tiny bit off the end. Place greaseproof paper on a tray and pipe hearts. Leave to harden.


Then, melt the white chocolate and fill the hearts with that. Leave to cool and harden.


Pipe the cream cheese and top with hearts and all sorts of sprinkles.



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