Gift ideas for Mums - Homemade red velvet cupcakes

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Red Velvet Cupcakes
How often does your Mum deserve a thank you? Lots I imagine, just like mine.
Well here's a simple, easy recipe for homemade red velvet cupcakes. Hope she enjoys them. My daughter Anya made them for me - they are divine!
Preparation time: 25 mins
Serves: 12
Cook: 15 mins
Ingredients / shopping list
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 100ml buttermilk or kefir
  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp red gel food colouring

For the cream cheese icing

  • 100g slightly salted butter, softened
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 100g full fat cream cheese, stirred to loosen


Step one

Line a cupcake tin with 12 cupcake cases and set aside. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Sieve the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate, and a pinch of fine salt into a medium bowl and mix to combine. 

Step two

Using a mixer or an electric hand whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, vanilla, buttermilk, oil and vinegar until combined. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dried. Once combined, mix in the red food colouring until you have a deep red mix – the colour may vary depending on what brand you use. 

Step three

Divide the batter between the cupcake cases and bake for 15 mins, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a cake comes out clean. 

Step four

While the cakes are cooling, make the icing. Beat together the butter and icing sugar using an electric whisk or by hand until pale and fluffy, about 3 mins, then beat in the cream cheese for a further 1-2 mins until well combined.

Step five

Once the cakes are cool, use a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle to cover the cakes with the cream cheese icing, or dollop the icing on top using a spoon.

Great gifts ideas for Mums
Making your own red velvet cup cakes is a great gift idea for Mum that won't cost the earth, plus she'll love it more because of the time and effort you've put in. It is easier to buy them, but not quiet the same.
Enjoy x and let us know how they turn out.
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