Yesterday, I turned in the manuscript for MISSION IMPAWSIBLE. Yay! That's something to celebrate. Unfortunately, I missed Malice Domestic over the weekend.
At Malice Domestic, Bookends Literary Agency invites its authors to a wine and cupcake party. And the divine cupcakes come from Georgetown Cupcakes.
It's a wonderful party with friends, wine, and munchies. But the star of the show, other than the lovely literary agents, of course, is definitely the cupcakes.
Since I couldn't go this year, I found a recipe online that is supposedly from Georgetown Cupcakes, and I made my own. This recipe is (I think!) for their Red Velvet Cupcakes. Now, I know what you're thinking. Wait a minute. The cupcakes in the photos aren't red! Okay, they're not. I don't like to use food coloring, so I omitted it. The funny thing is that when you bite into these, there is a hint of pink anyway!
When I wrote The Diva Frosts a Cupcake, I made batch after batch of Red Velvet Cupcakes in an attempt to add the desired red color without food coloring. It led to a blog I wrote, in which I described the process and my conclusions. The closest I came was red beet powder but it didn't yield the bright red to which we're accustomed. So it's a choice you get to make. If you want red, then the best solution is food coloring. Think of these as the cousins of the pretty red ones.
The recipe says it makes 12 cupcakes. I thought 3 cups of flour was a lot for 12 cupcakes, and I was right. This recipe makes 24 regular size cupcakes.
The flavor is mild, but tasty. However the best thing about these cupcakes is the texture. It's phenomenal. I have a feeling that's due to the fascinating addition of baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar. Yes, you read the correctly. It fizzes up and gets added to the batter!
Do they taste just like Georgetown Cupcakes? Well, I don't have one here to make a comparison. But I would say no. No matter, they're still very good!
For the record, I brought the butter, eggs, and cream cheese to room temperature before using them.
A few hints. The most common complaint about cupcakes is that they're dry. Most cupcakes take only 16-18 minutes to bake. Don't overbake them!
Something that I have read several times is the recommendation to beat the dough and the frosting longer. Up to five minutes! I did that this time and could really see a difference.
Georgetown Cupcake Recipe
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons no-taste red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
Preheat oven to 350. Place cupcake liners in pan.
Mix flour with salt and set aside. Cream the butter and sugar for 3 to 5 minutes. Add each egg and beat well. Mix the food coloring, vanilla, and cocoa powder in a small bowl and whisk together. (If you don't use the food coloring, whisk 1 tablespoon of vanilla, and three tablespoons additional milk with the powdered cocoa.) Add the vanilla mixture to the batter and beat. Alternate adding the flour and the milk, beating after each addition. In a small bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar with the baking soda. It will bubble up. Add to the batter and beat.
Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake well 2/3rds full. Bake 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces cream cheese
Dump everything into a mixing bowl and mix together. When combined, beat 3 to 5 minutes longer.
|Beat 5 minutes.|
|The baking soda fizzes!|
|Fresh from the oven.|