Sunday, October 28, 2012

Red Velvet cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes

350g (2 1/3 cups) plain flour
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder
315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar
250ml (1 cup) buttermilk
185ml (3/4 cup) vegetable oil
2 eggs
3 tsp red gel food colouring
2 tsp white vinegar

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line eighteen 80ml (1/3-cup) capacity muffin pans with paper cases. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar.

Whisk the buttermilk, oil, eggs, food colouring and vinegar in a jug until combined. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk mixture and stir until just combined.

Divide the mixture among the prepared pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centres comes out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.

Marshmallow Frosting

4 large egg whites
1 Cup caster sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar 
2 tsp vanilla essence

Place all ingredients except the vanilla essence into a heatproof bowl then place over a pot of simmering water. Whisk the egg white mixture constantly over simmering water until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot to the touch. Pour the mixture into a bigger bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes. Adding vanilla and any colouring. It is done once the mixture has tripled in size and is light and fluffy. 

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