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Red Velvet Cupcakes.

 

RED VELVET CUP CAKES

Red Velvet Cupcakes. 

Thursday’s with Thumbelina…..& Theo!

Here’s an old story & a new recipe :)) Everybody loves Red Velvet Cupcakes!

Today is the last day we get to cook with our little Thumbelina for a while….bit sad & bitter-sweet for me :((  But very exciting for her & her mummy & daddy…off to the snow for the season! We decided to all meet up for coffee & cake before tackling our daily lists….. greeted by this wonderful wall sign.

A young cheffy friend, Hailey, makes the most awesome Red Velvet Cake, so at the cafe, we ordered several slices to share. Our little people keen to be out & about & mingling with the tribe once more.

Got us thinking about social amalgamation, integrations, acceptable public behaviour….our teaching responsibilities.

The usual manners of course, a bit of common courtesy. No running around willy-nilly, no very loud voices.  Time to exercise a bit of constraint, acknowledge service, be aware of other patrons experience…

Interesting topic! Creates a platform for individual perspective.  What do you think….?

It’s easy when we involve everyone in the round-table conversation….the kids get to have their say, & we get to explain the why or the why not. There’s a better understanding then…& we can hope for a little more clarity maybe, when the subject comes around again :))

Once our tummies are sorted, we head off with Thumbelina to spend a little bit of girly time, & make a few more memories.

We feed the ducks, ride a kangaroo, explore a doll shop, visit an old friend, & walk along rock walls, balancing by aunties hand. We learn to dolly-step! Don’t we all remember how to do that?

We want to try our own hand at Red Velvet, & decide on cupcakes! So we buy our groceries, then spend our last session playing together at the kitchen bench…… for a little while at least. We join forces with Theo, it’s after school by now….

Such fun! Lots of eggs to break, things to mix, beaters & spoons to lick, patty-cases to put in tins….wash-the-dishes, dry-the-dishes, turn-the-dishes oooover!

(In the midst of all this baking, we did a test run on a gluten-free batch, made on almond meal. We added more cocoa, a splash of vinegar & a heap of cochineal.)

My research had found that there is a chemical reaction between the cocoa powder & the vinegar which helps turn the cake red. Not sure, more testing required, however they were very moist & so yummy…

And then they are done! Out they come, all red & beautiful. They smell so good!  We make the warm cream cheese icing, lick fingers again, & wash hands for the umpteenth time.

When they cool, we spread on the icing, we put little icing flowers on the top, & sprinkle them with silver balls…..

Ooohhh look!!!!        How pretty!!!!

Red Velvet Cupcakes (adapted from Nigella’s Kitchen)
Makes 12 muffin size cupcakes
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 x 15ml tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g soft butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 rounded teaspoon red powder colour dissolved in 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 175ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar or other vinegar
Preheat the over 170C and line muffins tins with paper
Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb into a bowl.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar, beating well until pale and fluffy. Beat in the food colouring and vanilla.
Beat in a tablespoon of the dried ingredients then 1 egg, followed by some more dried ingredients, then the other egg, followed by the rest of the dried ingredients.
Finally beat in the buttermilk and vinegar and divide the mixture between the cases. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack and ice only when completely cold.
Buttery Cream Cheese Frosting
(this was way to much frosting for my 12 cupcakes)
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125g cream cheese
  • 125g soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • shaved chocolate to decorate
Beat butter and cream cheese until soft and fluffy. Add icing sugar. Beat to mix. Beat in lemon juice to make a smooth icing.
Ice to your hearts’ content :))
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