I recently attended the christening of a gorgeous little boy and the guests all received a beautiful jungle-themed cupcake after the service. They had fantastic sugar paste animals on top, but underneath was the tried-and-true red velvet cupcake. Which got me thinking how much I fancied baking a batch myself. After all, who doesn’t love red a velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting?
I used Nigella Lawson’s recipe from her book Kitchen. The media can say what they will about Nigella – personally I couldn’t care less what she gets up to at home. I love her because she is genuinely, passionately obsessed with food … and I know just how that feels!
Here are some shots of the colourful cakes in the making – don’t you just love the colour of that batter? (The selfie of me and the kid is to prove that I baked these beauties one-handed while holding a screaming baby. Just be glad it’s not a video – this one has got a great pair of lungs on her).
So here it is – the red velvet cupcake. An oldie but a goodie!
Red velvet cupcake recipe from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson.
Cream cheese frosting recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes & Muffins Book.
Red sugar strands to decorate.