Pink Velvet Cupcakes

These pink velvet cupcakes have to be my favorite cupcakes to make. They are so yummy! Every time I make this recipe they always comes out AMAZING! I got this recipe from Paula Deen so of course they are delish. I recommend these for anyone who is looking to try a new recipe out and to also impress your friends and family.

Here is the recipe:

Cupcake Batter
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  •  red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting Recipe
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Now for the directions, as long as you follow every step they will come out great, no need to get baking anxiety! I find that when i heat the oven to 370 instead of 350 my cupcakes rise extra high and get that nice rounded top. Just note that since your oven will be heated 20 degrees higher it will bake slightly faster.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. You can use a piping bag to pipe the icing on or you can just spread it on top. 

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