Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes W/Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet Cake is a southern classic cake bright red in color made with buttermilk and topped with a fluffy cream cheese icing. This recipe is also delicious as cupcakes. 
Today is a very special day. It's my girl Paula Deen's Birthday! It's no secret that I just adore that pure breaded southern lady. I love her and I love her recipes. So today I'm celebrating Paula's special day Deen style! And I wouldn't have it any other way. When I was deciding on a cake to bake I had the perfect one in mind.

It's one of Paula's favorite southern cakes, her Grandmother Paul's Red Velvet Cake. Instead of a cake, I made Red Velvet Cupcakes with Johnnies Cream Cheese Icing. I've been wanting to make these for quite awhile now, so I thought Paula's birthday was the perfect occasion to showcase these beautiful cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cake is also one of my favorite cakes, so this was such a treat for me and my family. Paula, I want to wish you a happy and healthy birthday. I hope you enjoy your special day with with good friends, good food and of course your great loving family.

You are a true southern lady with a bubbly personality that I just adore. So thank you Ms. Paula for just being you and sharing all your wonderful southern favorites with all of us. You truly are Paula Deen The Butter Queen, but to me You are Paula Deen The Southern Queen!I thought they turned out so beautiful.

Look at the butter photo, Paula would be so proud!!! Getting the batter together and filling the cupcakes. The red is such a beautiful color don't you think. Frost, Serve and Enjoy!!!

OK y'all sing along with me.... Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Ms. Paula, Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!!!!!

Grandmother Paul's Red Velvet Cupcakes

1 - teaspoon vanilla
1 - cup buttermilk
1 - teaspoon salt
2 1/2 - cup cake flour (sifted)
2 - sticks real butter
2 - ounces - red food coloring
2 - tablespoons cocoa
2 - cups sugar
2 - eggs
1/2 - teaspoon baking soda
1 - tablespoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs; add sugar. Mix cocoa and food coloring. Add butter and egg mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. (sifting is a must here) Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.

Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Finish mixing and divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled.

Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for done ness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

Johnnies Cream Cheese Icing:

2 - (8 oz) pkg of cream cheese, softened
2 - sticks butter, softened
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
4 - cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
chopped pecans or red sprinkles for garnish

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.

Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Cook’s Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip. Garnish with chopped pecans.

Recipe source: Paula Deen


Hoosier Homemade said... #

Those look amazing! Yup, great minds do think alike. :)
Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Cupcake Tuesday!

Unknown said... #

I love red velvet anything and Paula Deen! Happy Birthday Paula!

Melissa said... #

Happy birthday to Paula! The red velvet cupcakes look to die for! Love how you did your frosting too!

Darlene said... #

Happy Birthday Paula Deen!!!! Your red velvet cupcakes look delicious...YUM!

Oklahoma Granny said... #

I love Paula Deen and her downhome recipes. Oh my, her banana pudding makes me swoon!

Happy Birthday to Ms Deen.

The cupcakes look spectacular!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said... #

Oh my goodness ... those look divine! And oh-so-perfectly Paula.

My aunt works in a boutique in Williamsburg, VA. Paula came in for some shopping last year and my aunt tells me that she is just as sweet and lovely in person as she is on her shows. She had the whole store in stitches, apparently.

Happy Birthday!

Unknown said... #

Now I know why you are my favorite food blog!!! I LOVE Paula and miss Food Network HORRIBLY...I am one of the Cablevision / Scribbs victims and have been without a daily dose for almost a month...ugh!
I am going home and making these tonight, you have once again inspired me to make my home a southern kitchen!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! And The Happiest of Birthdays to our Dear Paula!

Tina Butler said... #

Paula is a hoot! When she came to Dallas back in april I thought I was gonna pee my pants when she walked into the book store. She had the whole place giddy and giggling as soon as she arrived. True Paula Style. We were lucky enough to see Michael as well such a nice surprise I got to give him a big bear hug. Me and my dd will never forget that night. I got my dd a autographed cookbook as well. She has it on her dresser. A true paula fan at 10 years old. She hugged Ms. Paula and told her she smelled good LOL.

Anonymous said... #

How sweet. Your pictures are fabulous!

Cindy said... #

That is so sweet Tina.... Happy Birthday Paula!!

Tina Butler said... #

Cindy come by and get a cupcake. I saved one for you. Ü

Joan said... #

Tina, your cupcakes are stunning. I'm not sure I would want to eat them...ha ha. Yes I would! This post is just beautiful, your photography is awesome.
P.S. Happy Birthday Paula! We love you!

Unknown said... #

My husband would have a fit for these! He's on a red velvet cake kick. :)

DailyChef said... #

What great looking cupcakes! Red velvet is definitely my favorite cupcake flavor.

My Sister's Kitchen said... #

I have these on my blog too. Yours turned out darling! They are without a doubt the BEST red velvet cupcaked around!

Unknown said... #

I made them!!! They didn't look as great as your's, but the icing is HEAVENLY. I have now made this my cream cheese icing of choice!!!

A Cooking Bookworm said... #

I made a Red Velvet cake yesterday, but didn't know it was Paula's birthday!! I'll celebrate today with the leftovers! ;-)

How'd the Buttery Rolls turn out?

Libby@CookingWithLibby said... #

Yummm! Happy Birthday Ms. Paula..even though I'm a little late with this comment :)

small home said... #

Happy Birthday! I love the red cupcakes! Perfect for birthday celebrations!

Mary | Deep South Dish said... #

Gotta love red velvet!! And Miss Paula too of course.

Unknown said... #

Great for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing.

Kurdistan said... #

Love this recipe wanna try it looks amazing

Anonymous said... #

Just love your site...Yumo to the cupcakes... Am going to try the frosting next time I do carrot cake.. Paula is a hoot. Never miss any show she is cooking on...

Unknown said... #

I love your blog so please accept two lovely awards that I`ve already given you on my blog. :)))

Tammy J said... #

Thank for sharing your lovely cupcake recipe with us. I too loooove Paula Deen.

Do you know how many this recipe makes? I am thinking about taking them to work on Monday for a meeting.

Tina Butler said... #

Hi Tammy, sorry I am late on a reply. It makes about 2 dozen cupcakes. I did 12 regular and the rest mini cupcakes.

Renee said... #

Those look amazing!

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Anonymous said... #

I made these for my brother in law for his birthday last night! I think they turned out perfect. I do not eat Red Velvet, but they were good. The icing is amazing! Thank you for the recipe...I hope it made his day! ;) Carmell

Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden said... #

Really nice color! I adore red velvet because of this beautiful red!

Anonymous said... #

MMMM...yummy looks like I am making some today!:)

Unknown said... #

im allergic from egg.plz share recipes of cup cakes without egg.