Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chocolate Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm intrigued by the Red Velvet Cupcakes. I like the idea, but not the dye.   Hmmmm.  I have been reading all about the different recipes online, and saw you could make them with beets. I found in my research some bad reviews using the beets . Earthy tasting did not sound appetizing (dirt? yuck!). So I continued on my research, and it turns out that regular cocoa, milk and baking soda tend to turn a chocolate cake slightly reddish. Was this the original Red Velvet?   It seems no one is really sure.   It became popular in the 50's and is known as a Traditional Southern Recipe. I wish I could ask my grandmother, being a southern woman, maybe she would have known!!  Anyway there are a lot of interesting stories out there!

As for me, I decided to forgo the bottle of red dye and just make delicious, yummy, chocolate cupcakes with regular cocoa, (not dutch processed cocoa) to see how it would go.  I did not use a recipe with milk or baking soda, so maybe it would have been more pronounced if I had.  The problem with milk is it tends dilute the chocolate flavor and make it more bitter.  I went for more flavor, and less color. 

I topped them off with some traditional cream cheese frosting. You could use a butter roux instead. The cream cheese frosting was very soft, so I added more powdered sugar hoping to make it firmer. It was sweeter and still tasted good, but still a bit more soft than I wanted.

Here you can see the crumb is quite good and if you look left you can see a slight reddish tint from the Hershey's cocoa powder, not the dark chocolate look the dutch cocoa gives. Not really red by any stretch, however, anyway you slice it, it's a wonderful combination.

These were given to my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Mike as a gift for watching my girls. Thanks Y'all!
Hope you like 'em! :)


  1. MMMMM!!!! Let me get down to Texas to taste them -- I'm getting in the car right now! :-)

  2. Stop making such yummy looking food! LOL Your frosting looks perfect, great job! I assume, with joy, that I am getting baked goods for Christmas? :D