One day each year is devoted to the celebration of LOVE and tomorrow is that day! Chocolate, hearts and roses tend to emblazon Valentine’s Day celebrations. These iconic images are meant to guarantee a sweet and loving celebration.
My sweetheart deserves something special for our Valentine celebration. It would be wonderful to combine the chocolate, hearts and roses to create a sweet extravagance just for him. I would like to bake something that hints at all three Valentine elements but when combined becomes something spectacular.
Rose Velvet Cupcakes! The chocolate in a velvet cupcake is subtle and delicate; the rose color intertwines the floral element and finally the delicious cream cheese frosting, topped with a red heart, will make these truly spectacular!
Wishing you a Sweet Valentine’s Day!
Rose Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 ½ cups of corn oil
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
1 Tsp pink food coloring gel
1TBS plus 2 tsp water
Makes 24 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350° F
Line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners (I use red foil liners)
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Add the sugar and with a whisk, mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, corn oil, buttermilk, pink liquid food coloring, vanilla extract, distilled white vinegar, and water. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. The mixture will be a bright shade of red. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed and beat until smooth, 2 – 3 minutes.
Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3’s full. Then bake for 20 – 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and wait a few minutes until they are cool enough to handle and remove cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.
When the cupcakes are cool frost with your favorite cream cheese frosting and add a red candy heart and a few candy pearls to embellish your cupcakes. Enjoy!