You know what it's like: you are surfing through your favorite blogs and all you can think of are those beautiful baked goods. Fluffy cakes, fruity tarts, scrumptious candies, and, I think the favorite of all, the incredible cupcakes. I can't look at blogs without getting that baking urge deep in my gut. Last week was one of those days that I couldn't get rid of it. After much thought, I decided I would try out a red velvet cupcake. My husband loves red velvet cake and I've never tried to make it myself--plus I thought it would look really pretty on my blog.
I was wrong.
I searched for a recipe that would be the best and came across one from Magnolia Bakery. Now I have had Magnolia's red velvet cake and it is delicious. I was so excited to make this recipe in my home. My first mistake, however, was not reading the reviews on the recipe.
Don't get me wrong--the cupcakes were not bad, but it definitely was not the most amazing red velvet that I have ever tasted.
My second mistake? In the food coloring. The recipe called for 6 TB of red food coloring (really?? I think this must be a huge mistake in the recipe--so not all my fault). I did not have 6 TB of red food coloring. I had 2 TB. Not even close. I figured I didn't need all 6, but the cocoa wasn't mixing together easy enough, so I thought I needed at least a little more liquid in there. Instead of using a drop or two of water (which was my first thought) I decided to use a little of the blue food coloring. I figured I'd make pretty purple cupcakes. But no. As soon as I added that blue food coloring everything turned black. I was so shocked and frustrated that I almost threw the whole thing out. But I ploughed on and hoped they'd turn out ok anyways.
They looked like rich chocolate cupcakes, but didn't taste like rich chocolate cupcakes. I think part of the charm of the red velvet cupcake is it's rich color and with it looking like something else your taste buds are thrown a little off guard. Luckily Joe's coworkers didn't seem to mind.
So, if anyone wants to let me in on a great red velvet recipe, I'd love to try these again. And maybe next time they'll actually be red.