Ode to the color red.

Red is such a lovely color! I think my addiction with the color red came to be after I became friends with this girl, Eden.I met Eden at a camp in the San Juan Islands called Canoe Island French Camp. If you happen to read this, thanks Eden!! Now whenever I’m struggling to pick an outfit, I just say to myself- “When in doubt, wear RED!” I’ve already decided that the first car that I buy will be red! I don’t care if it costs more, or if the insurance is higher; my love for the color red will never falter.
To accompany my ode to the color red, I wanted to talk about the red velvet cupcakes I made for Valentines day. Unfortunately I couldn’t find heart sprinkles in time so I got stuck with the colorful ones in my press. If anyone knows of a good store to buy sprinkles at I will forever be indebted to you!!

Red Velvet Cupcakes:
Makes 24 cupcakes


Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 oz. red food coloring

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line trays with cupcake papers.
Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together with another wire whisk.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
Pour into cupcake pans and drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

I decorated the cupcakes with a creamy cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions:

Sift sugar and set aside.
Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
And there you have just finished making home-made frosting! Job well done! 🙂


“Never trust a skinny ice cream man.” ~Ben Cohen

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