National Cupcake Week will soon be upon us!
Oh my god – how have I only just heard about National Cupcake Week?! Personally I’m a massive fan of the cupcake, it’s fought off fierce rivalry from the likes of the macaroon, the whoopie pie and most recently the pop cake but let’s face it, everyone loves a good old cupcake!
Everyone has a favourite too, I’m partial to a red velvet number from The Hummingbird Bakery, friends back home rave about Magnolia Bakery and The Primrose Bakery has some great flavours too.
From 12-18 September National Cupcake Week is a great excuse to treat ourselves to one or two (or three) of our favourites…or to try out some new varieties. http://www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk is packed full of recipe ideas, competitions and advice on how to set up your own cupcake business.
For now though, here’s my favourite – go on, have a go!
The Hummingbird Bakery Red Velvet Cupcake
Deep red vanilla cake with a light taste of chocolate, topped with cream cheese frosting. The recipe below takes about 10mins to prepare and 25mins cooking time (makes 12 cupcakes).
Ingredients you’ll need:
For the red velvet cupcakes:
- 60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 150g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 10g cocoa powder
- 20ml red food colouring (preferably Dr. Oetker’s as red food colourings vary in strength)
- ½tsp vanilla extract
- 120ml buttermilk
- 150g plain flour
- ½tsp salt
- ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1½tsp white wine vinegar
For the cream cheese frosting:
- 300g icing sugar, sifted
- 50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 125g cream cheese, cold
You’ll also need a 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with large cupcake cases
- Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3.
- Put the butter and the sugar in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy and well mixed. Turn the mixer up to high speed, slowly add the egg and beat until everything is well incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red food colouring and vanilla extract to make a thick, dark paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined and coloured (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula). Turn the mixer down to slow speed and slowly pour in half the buttermilk. Beat until well mixed, then add half the flour, and beat until everything is well incorporated. Repeat this process until all the buttermilk and flour have been added. Scrape down the side of the bowl again. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until you have a smooth, even mixture. Turn the mixer down to low speed and add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well mixed, then turn up the speed again and beat for a couple more minutes.
- Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 mins, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
- Meanwhile for the cream cheese frosting: Beat the icing sugar and butter together in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed. Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 mins. Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
- When the cupcakes are cold, spoon over the cream cheese frosting on top.
Recipe text from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook