Sunday, July 26, 2009

Red Velvet and Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted by kel @ sweet treats at 8:26 PM
S asked me to make some cupcakes for her daughter's birthday. To finalise flavours and designs for her cupcakes, we arranged a tasting.

The menu included chocolate and red velvet cupcakes topped with vanilla and chocolate buttercream, along with cream cheese frosting.
I love it when I have the opportunity to make red velvet cupcakes. Somewhere in between a vanilla and chocolate cupcake, the appeal of red velvet lies in its distinctive colour.

I put together various designs for S to sample before making the final decision. The party's theme is blue and green butterflies, so I these colours into the samples. I topped the cupcakes with butterflies, blossoms, cachous and ribbon roses.

11 comments on "Red Velvet and Chocolate Cupcakes"

sandra said...

hey kel,

could you post up your very vanilla recipe? all the variations on your blog sound delicious, but after doing a search i can't seem to find it.

thank you!

Bel on Monday, 27 July, 2009 said...

Hi Kel,

This is Bel from Canberra. Love, love your gorgeous cakes! Just a quesstion about the last photo. Is the blue covering on the cupcake fondant or a stiff buttercream? I am doing cuppys for my sister's baby shower and am not too keen on the taste of fondan even though it is pretty. Just wondering if it is possible to do a buttercream circle or not really...


Cupquakes on Monday, 27 July, 2009 said...

These cuppies are so cute!

kel @ sweet treats on Monday, 27 July, 2009 said...

Sandra - the vanilla bean cupcakes recipe is on the main page on the right hand side under 'make it' :)

Bel - the blue icing is fondant. If you're not too keen on the taste of fondant you could probably use royal icing - that would give a nicer, smoother finish than buttercream. I wouldn't try and pipe a circle of it and then transfer it though. I would bake a more shallow cupcake (either by using less mixture or by dropping the oven temp a bit) and then 'flood' the top with royal. Hope that makes some sort of sense, lol!

Cupquakes - thanks! The couple came over tonight to taste them and they gave them the thumbs up :)

Cyma on Monday, 27 July, 2009 said...

Hey Kellie,
The cupcakes were delicious, have still got a few left and am trying very hard to resist 'em. My daughter loved them too and actually made us sing "Happy Birthday" to her as she thought it was her birthday today. Would be linking to your post as I couldnt take any pictures today, they were gone before I could get my camera out ;)

Cupquakes on Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 said...

Kel, just wondering how you get your butterflies to look like they do, with such a sharp crease in the middle. Thanks, Teen.

kel @ sweet treats on Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 said...

Cyma - so glad you and your hubby liked them! See you Saturday! :)

Teen - the cutter is actually two separate wings, rather than a full butterfly.

Kelly on Saturday, 01 August, 2009 said...

Wow, these are beautiful! Do you have a shop where you make these and sell them?

kel @ sweet treats on Saturday, 01 August, 2009 said...

Kelly - nope, no shop...yet. It's what I eventually want to do though :)

Kate said...

Hi Kel,

I have just discoved your beautiful blog and am slowly reading through it all! Can I ask what piping tip you used for the light green buttercream, the one that looks like a flower?


kel @ sweet treats on Friday, 14 August, 2009 said...

Hi Kate,

That one was done with a Wilton 1M tip. Start from the inside and work your way out - that will give you the flower effect.


Kel :)


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