Monday, February 13, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcake for Valentine : Free And Easy Bake-Along #18


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!!   To celebrate Valentine's Day, together with Lena and Zoe, we made Red Velvet Cupcakes for our Bake-Along. What did you make for Valentine's Day?

Instead of using the usual cream cheese frosting that usually goes with red velvet cakes, for these cupcakes I use a simple icing made up of just icing sugar and lemon juice, really nice actually and pairs wonderfully with these cupcakes.

Decorating cakes certainly is not one of my best skills! I did thought of doing a decoration using fondant as I have never done anything with fondant before, but on second thought, best leave the "fondant experiment" when I'm ready for it! 

I only made half the recipe and instead of getting 12 cupcakes, I only got 8. The only changes I did was, for half a recipe, I used only 1/2 cup of sugar and 3/4 tablespoon of red food colour.  And instead of using buttermilk, I use the mixture of homemade yoghurt and some milk, which always works well for me.

This Red Velvet Cupcakes is very good! The texture of the cupcakes is really moist, soft and tender! Yum!

Let's go over to Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids, to see their beautiful Red Velvet Cupcakes, and also to our friends who are baking along with us in the linky below. 


We have one exciting news to share regarding our Bake-Along!  
Starting from our next Bake-Along on 28th Feb, we will be  changing our linky to a blog hop. You may copy the blog-hop codes when baking along with us, go to the link provided, which you can find from  the hosts' (myself, Lena and Zoe) bake-along post, copy the code and paste it at the bottom of your post in the HTML page of your blog post and submit your link as usual. All the links will then be published at the bottom of your very own post! This blog-hop will stay open for 7 days. Please remember to mention this Bake-Along blog-hop event in your own post linking direct to any of the hosts' post and leave a comment.  If you have any queries, please email us and we will be glad to assist you!

Starting from 28/02
To summarise, here's what you got to do :
1. go to the blog-hop link provided.
2. copy the codes
3. paste the codes in your HTML page of your drafted post
4. post as usual and submit your post via the link.

Please remember to :
5. mention Bake-Along event in your own post linking direct to any of the hosts' post
6. leave a comment at any of the hosts' post.
7. visit at least one or two other links and leave a comment, everyone loves that!

For our next Bake-Along, we will be baking Lemon Poppy Seed-Sour Cream Cake, from Rose's Heavenly Cakes, or you may get the recipe here. We will be posting this bake on 28/02, remember this will be a blog hop! Hope you can join us, everyone's welcome! See you!

Red Velvet Cupcakes
(adapted from "The Big Book of Cupcakes" by Betty Crocker)
Makes : 24 regular cupcakes
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 
2 eggs
1 bottle (1oz) red food colour (about 2 tablespoons)
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon white vinegar

  1. Heat oven to 350F. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. In small bowl, mix flour, cocoa and salt, set aside.
  2. In large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter and the granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until mixed. Add eggs; beat 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Stir in food colour and vanilla. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, and buttermilk, 1/2 at a time, beating just until blended. Beat in baking soda and vinegar until well blended.
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.
  4. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans to cooling racks to cool.


  1. I love the texture of the cake. It looks so soft, moist and delicious and the icing looks very glossy and perfect, almost mirror-like. :) I want to pass on an award to you. :)

    1. Thank you, Rathai! Will stop by to "pick" the award! Thank you so much!

  2. Hello Joyce, this is one of the most sexiest cakes I've seen. It's the colours! Holy Smoke, if a lady makes this invite me to eat, I have to keep reminding myself every 5 minutes to watch my words and steps or else habis cherita, lose my Bachelor's degree, ha ha.
    Its really beautiful, the kind of wife must be put on a pedestal and manjah pagi petang, ha ha, especially at nights.
    Happy Valentine to you too.....and a 2 moons night.
    Keep a song in your heart.

  3. Wow! Your cupcakes look very lovely. They are beautiful with a nice intense red colour and smooth velvety texture.

    Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  4. The rich red color is too good, delicious, Happy Valentine's Day..

  5. nice glossy frosting and lovely colours! i'm sure everyone at home enjoy eating this. Happy valentine's day! romantic dinner tmrw night?

    1. Thanks, Lena! No-lah, I think restaurants are all crowded! Will make something for dinner at home, with the kids around, romantic, huh? Hahaha!!

  6. Wonderfully tasty and colorful looking cookies. Happy valentine day to you in advance.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Love the frosting Joyce. Beautifully made. Happy Valentines Day Joyce.

  8. Your cupcakes look so moist and delicious! I want to paste the blog-hop link in my post too, but Wordpress doesn't allow :(

    Anyway, happy Valentine's day to you!

    1. Hi Jasline, Thank you for baking along with us. There's a couple of codes which will be given, one maybe suitable for wordpress, if that fails, then you can submit your post via our linky, as what you have done now. Hope to see you in our next Bake-Along! :)

  9. From the way you introduced the cake, it seem to confirm to me that it is a nice cake and worth trying (just asked Lena if the cake is nice haha). I must check where to buy red yeast powder in Singapore.

  10. Congratulations my beloved friend!!!!
    All, are so beautiful!!!
    Thanks you!
    Many kisses

  11. I love the color of this cake! Happy Valentines day!

  12. Lovely cake texture! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  13. Very pretty! Love its smooth and light texture of those cupcakes.

  14. Wow! cup cakes looks so beautiful n yummy.
    Happy valentines day dear.

  15. They are so beautiful and I bet yummy!xxx

  16. Happy Valentine to you too. Great idea to replace with icing iso cream cheese frosting.

  17. These are so cute and look so moist - I really love the "glossy" look of the cupcakes and how some of them have the full imprints of the cup. Good job! And happy valentine's day! ^^

  18. Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones. Those are very beautiful cupcakes :)

  19. Joy, your cupcakes are so beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  20. The cupcakes look beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day!

  21. These are so lovely! Wishing you a wonderful day.

  22. Oh! These cupcakes are so cute, I like how you decorated them in such a delicate color.
    Happy Valentine's Day :)

  23. Beautiful cupcakes! I love your lovely icing...perfect for Valentine's Day!

  24. Hi :)
    Your cupackes are fantastic, beautiful decorations and interior moist and soft, I'm salivating .... :))) my children would be delighted, if you saw these cupcakes.
    kisses dear.

  25. These cupcakes look like the ultimate Red Velvet Cupcake for Valentine's Day or any day. Blessings, Catherine xo

  26. These look excellent and what beautiful colors. Love them so much :)

  27. These are lovely and the decorations are so pretty! Hope you had a lovely valentines day :)