Saturday, July 4, 2009

Not-so-Red Velvet July 4th Cupcakes

I think that, if I ever have a child, I will be prepared to bake with that child since baking with my husband is such a similar undertaking. He wants to help but doesn't really know much about baking (i.e. he doesn't know what "packing" brown sugar is or how to use the kitchenaid mixer). Plus, all he really wants to do is fun things like decorate anyway. So, he is my best decorator and cleaner-upper maybe someday I can actually teach him to bake. The truth is, I like doing it so much, he probably will never need to know.

On to the cupcakes. Happy 4th of July, everyone! In honor of the holiday and of my husband's southern roots, I decided to make red velvet cupcakes. Plus, I already had red, white, and blue sprinkles left over from baking for University of Arizona tailgating. I cracked open my new favorite book and they turned out scrumptiously. One note I have is to add more gel coloring than Martha says because Martha is probably using some fancy chef-caliber food tinting, and you and I are probably using whatever gel food coloring Safeway stocks.

I am happy with them (other than the not-so-red part) and they will be traveling with me to my Dad's for a July 4th cookout (and swimming... we really should have gotten a house with a pool).

Here's the recipe if you do not have my favorite cookbook.

Always be generous with frosting.
Happy baking.


  1. They look great! You'll just have to make them again and again to experiment with redness :) That's totally my new fave book too... I used it for the first time yesterday to make Blackberry Cornmeal Cupcakes (although I'm calling them muffcakes, they were more like muffins). Happy 4th!

  2. Yummy! I'm usually not a fan of sweets but I make an exception for red velvet. :-) And yours looks positively scrumptious!

  3. Looks tasty! I should get that cookbook.


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