Okay, okay. Here's what I baked up for today. You'll just have to deal with all the baking escapades being out of chronological order. Actually, I am probably the only freak who has issues with the chronological order thing.
A couple of my coworkers were a little shocked that I used food coloring instead of something natural like beets, but I think that when you are already using white sugar (a chemical, bascially) and cake flour (absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever) then who cares if a whole bottle of red food coloring went into the cake! You're still gonna eat it! And they did!
October 12, 2005
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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Wow, I’ve already eaten like four of those cupcakes (one frosted) and they are mighty tasty. They are basically a light chocolate cupcake with a lot of red food coloring. Good stuff. When I brush my teeth after eating one, my toothbrush is pink. Good stuff.
The mix was really easy and pretty quick to make. I used one tbsp regular cocoa and one even bigger tbsp special dark cocoa…maybe that’s why the cupcakes came out really dark—more maroon-ish. Also, I didn’t realize that the recipe called for two little bottles of red food coloring—dude! So I added to the one red bottle some of the red food paste/gel stuff that Cookie gave me. Thick stuff. A little goes a long way. I didn’t use much of it, but like I said, the cakes came out a dark red/maroon color. Very pretty. The texture reminds me a lot of a cake mix…lots of big air holes in the cakes. Relatively speaking. We aren’t talking huge craters or anything, but you can tell where the big air pockets were.
I only used 1 cup of sugar for the frosting (instead of the 3 cups called for) and it is just fine. Just a little sweet, but not out of control. Creamy, tangy, perfect. That rocks. I wonder if cream cheese frosting freezes well? I also froze the chestnut whipped cream…wonder if that was a good idea. Huh.
Crap. I didn’t take any pictures of the cakes. Maybe I’ll remember my camera later…
You know what? I frosted those suckers and refrigerated them for a couple of hours and when I pulled them out to come up to room temperature, the frosting looked all satiny and lovely. I got such a kick out of just looking at how pretty they were. I swear it was like they had this iridescent glow and it wasn’t because they were from a nuclear power plant. That's good times.