Red velvet cupcakes are one of my favourite treats. I've been making them for friend's birthdays and other special occasions since I was a teenager. I want to bake my boyfriend something for Valentine's Day and immediately thought of these because I couldn't remember a time when I'd made them for him. I call them my 'Lazy Girl Red Velvet Cupcakes' - they're foolproof and super quick. You can whip these up in an hour and pretend like you're a domestic goddess. A surefire way to impress the boyfriend or hubby even if you have a hectic life and feel like you're way too busy to faff around in the kitchen. These might not look quite as professional as the one I bought to celebrate my first blog birthday but the taste is to die for. Absolute perfection.
Yup, that's right, we're cheating. But, shhhh! Nobody need know but you and me. You'll need Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Mix and Vanilla Icing, which can be found in any large supermarket. Additionally, three medium eggs, water and vegetable oil are added to the mix.
The instructions are all on the packet but you simply throw all the ingredients into a bowl and mix with a whisk until smooth and creamy. If you have an electric mixer, great, but I don't so I used a traditional metal whisk. The mixture should just about make 12 cupcakes. I used these silver baking cases but you can place the mixture straight into a metal or silicone cupcake tray if you prefer.
After 23-28 minutes in the oven they should look like this. Slightly crisp on the outside and delicious and moist on the inside. Now for the fun part. The vanilla icing comes ready made in a tub which means you literally scoop it out with a rounded knife or spatula and cover the top of the cupcake. It's not supposed to look perfect so that's what makes it so foolproof. You honestly cannot go wrong! I added red heart sprinkles for decoration, but you can add whatever you like.
I'm not sure if you can tell from the photo but the inner has a definite red colour. So appropriate for Valentine's Day! If you fancy trying these for yourself and have any questions just leave a comment and I'll reply.