Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Cake Flour, sifted – 1 1/4 cups**
- Baking powder – 1/4 tsp
- salt – 1/4 tsp
- Cocoa powder – 1 tsp
- Sugar – 3/4 cup
- Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
- Butter – 1/4 cup
- Egg – 1
- Butter milk – 1/2 cup***
- Rose milk synthetic concentrate – 2 tsp
- Vinegar – 1/2 tsp
- Preparation: Preheat the oven @ 180 Deg C. Grease and flour the muffin pan. Skip it if using paper liners. In a cup whisk together buttermilk and rose milk concentrate and keep it ready.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.
- I used my hand mixer to beat the butter till soft. Now add the sugar and beat till it becomes fluffy. Now add the egg and beat till everything gets mixed well.
- Add the flour mixture little by little to the beaten sugar and butter alternating with the readily kept colored buttermilk till everything is combined.
- Now is the step to move fast and act quickly. In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Let it fizz and then quickly add it to the cake batter. Give it a good mix.
- Immediately scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pans and bake for 20-25 min, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. I did not use any frosting on top instead served after dusting powdered sugar on top.
- You can see that I did not use any Vanilla essence as the rose milk concentrate itself has a fragrance of its own and I decided to go with it alone.
- I reduced the cocoa powder from the prescribed 1 tbsp as I did not want a garish color.
- I also did not add the entire 1/2 cup of buttermilk fearing the batter will become runny. You need to use your judgement here, I guess depending on the thickness of the batter.
- The baking soda and vinegar starts to react with the batter right away so act fast and get the cupcakes into the oven as quickly as possible.
- Fill the batter only till half way as it raises like anything. I was prepared for it but if by mistake you end up filling more, place a sheet under the muffin pan for easy after cleaning.
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