Red Velvet Cupcake Tower
Posted on 17/09/2011
How many would it make: 42 portion
180g unsalted butter, room temperature
450g caster sugar
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp red food colour paste (or sufficient to make nice red mix)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
450g Vitarium plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tsp white wine vinegar
Cream cheese frosting:
600g icing sugar, sifted
100g unsalted butter, room temperature
250g cream cheese, cold and chopped
Preheat overn to 170c
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Turn mixer up to high and eggs, 1 at a time, mix well.
In a separate bowl mix together cocoa powder, red food colour and vanilla extract to form a paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix, scraping down sides of bowl as you go, until well combined. Turn mixer down to a low speed and gradually add half the buttermilk mix until combined and slowly add the flour alternating with remainder of buttermilk. When incorporated increase speed and mix until a nice smooth consistency. Turn mixture down to low again add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well mixed, turn up speed again and beat for a couple of minutes.
Using an icecream scoop (this gives even cupcakes), scoop mix into paper cases (placed in a muffin tin to hold their shape) and bake for 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on them so they do not over brown. They are ready when a scewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
When cold cover with cream cheese frosting and decorate as desired.
Beat icing sugar and butter together on a slow-medium speed until well mixed. Add the cream cheese all at once and beat until smooth. Turn mixer up to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, but do not overbeat or it will become runny.
To make the tower. I used a 40cm polystyrene cone glued to a round cake board. Insert a thick toothpick half way pointing slightly upwards (so cupcake cannot fall of) and insert cupcake, continue around and up the cone until complete. Attach other decorations as desired.