Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Makes 12 cupcakes
  •  2½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 Stick unsalted Butter, softened (113 grams = 4oz = ½ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Red Food coloring
  • 1½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Apple cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

To make the frosting:
  • 16oz Cream Cheese at room temperature, (2 cups = 452 grams)
  • 1 stick unsalted Butter at room temperature (4oz = 113 grams)
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Sprinkles (optional for decoration)
  • Colored Sugar (red, optional for decoration)

Preheat oven to 350ºF

In a large bowl, sift the flour with the salt, baking soda, and baking powder, mix well and set aside for a minute.

In an electric mixer combine the butter with the sugar on medium speed until you get a creamy and grainy paste.  Then add in the eggs, one at a time, and beat each egg for 30 seconds, then add in the food coloring, the cocoa powder and the vanilla extract. Mix well until everything is well incorporated.   Scrape down the sides of the bowl if you need to, reduce the speed to low and add in the half of the buttermilk, and also add in the apple cider vinegar followed by half of the flour mixture, right after that, add the rest of the buttermilk and the rest of the flour, mix well on medium-high until everything is well incorporated into a smooth batter.

Line your pan with cupcake wrappers and spray them with cooking spray. Pour the mixture into the wrappers/pan and bake at 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked. (I like my cupcakes to have a muffin top, so I always fill the wrappers almost all the way to the top, but if you don't like the muffin top, fill the wrappers about 3/4 of the way.)

Let the cupcakes cool completely before decorating them.

Prepare the frosting:  In an electric mixer on medium speed, mix the butter with the cream cheese and vanilla extract, mix well until combined, then reduce the speed and add in half the powdered sugar, mix until the sugar is well incorporated, and then add in the rest of the sugar, continue to mix on medium-high speed for another 2-3 minutes or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.

Once the cupcake are completely cold, decorate them with the Cream-Cheese frosting.