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Friday, February 13, 2009

RED VELVET CUPCAKES

Ingredients:
* 3 eggs
* 3/4 cup butter
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
* 2-1/4 cups sugar
* 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
* 1 (1-oz.) bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)
* 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
* 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
* 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar
* Small chocolate heart-shaped cookies (optional)
* Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:
1. Let eggs and butter stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 28 2-1/2-inch cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

2. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium after each. Beat in food coloring on low.

3. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low to medium sped after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. Top with small chocolate cookies, if desired. Dust with powdered sugar.

Makes 28 servings.

Nutrition Facts:
* Calories 172,
* Total Fat (g) 6,
* Saturated Fat (g) 3,
* Monounsaturated Fat (g) 2,
* Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 0,
* Cholesterol (mg) 36,
* Sodium (mg) 124,
* Carbohydrate (g) 28,
* Total Sugar (g) 17,
* Fiber (g) 0,
* Protein (g) 3,
* Vitamin C (DV%) 0,
* Calcium (DV%) 2,
* Iron (DV%) 4,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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