Monday, February 11, 2013

Strawberry Red Velvet Cupcake

Not a baker but want to impress your sweetie with a baked treat? This is the recipe for you! Over the past few years companies have started releasing Red Velvet Cake mixes, making it even easier to make this popular treat. But we're going to take it one step fancier so that your Valentine will never know you faked your way through this treat...all it takes is a little strawberry seduction.  To make this rich, decadent cupcake all you'll need is...
  • Red Velvet Cake Mix (plus ingredients to make the cake...usually eggs, oil, and water...but we're replacing the water for this one)
  • Strawberry Puree (to replace the water your recipe calls for, I pureed frozen strawberries)
  • Strawberry Syrup (you know, the stuff you put on ice cream)
  • Store bought Vanilla Icing
  • Butter (room temperate...around 1/2 cup....but it's up to you)
  • Icing Sugar (optional)
  • Garnish: Strawberry Candy, Fresh Strawberry, Chocolate Covered Strawberry
And now the transformation...

Step 1: Sort of follow the directions on your Red Velvet Cake Mix. Start by preheating your oven and add the oil and eggs...but DO NOT add the water. Replace all of the water your cake mix calls for with Strawberry Puree.  Mix the ingredients together until it is smooth.

Step 2: Spoon the batter into your cupcake liners.  Top each uncooked cupcake with a teaspoon or so of Strawberry Syrup. Bake as directed on the package.  Once they are done baking, let them cool completely.

Step 3: On to the icing! Traditionally you'd use Cream Cheese Icing, but for this recipe we're keeping it easy for the non-bakers.  But if you want Cream Cheese Icing, click HERE for the recipe. To make a simple Vanilla icing just mix together your store bought Vanilla Icing and Butter on high until smooth.  Add some icing sugar if it's not sweet enough for you or just too buttery for your taste.

Step 3: Now it's time to bring it all together and ice your masterpieces! To up the fancy try using an tip in a piping bag.  Just go to Bulk Barn or Micheal's and pick up a simple tip like the #1M (ask a clerk for help).  Ice your cupcakes and top them with the garnish of your choice.

Happy Faking! 


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