Stop – it’s baking time!

The best way for me to stop and smell the roses, per se, is to stop the hectic day-to-day craziness and smell the cupcakes baking in the oven.  Seriously.  Baking is always a new challenge but at the same time so relaxing and rewarding (if there’s a cupcake at the end, that’s my #1 reward. Always!)  I love the smell of sugar, flour, butter and chocolate all mixing together and baking.  Sort of like the smell of a bakery… OMGOSH I could smell that all day!  But if I did, I would be in serious trouble with my doctor, and dentist! Yikes!

RV piece

Still recovering from my trip last weekend and trying to gear up for Blue Ridge, GA tomorrow (or today?!) I decided I needed to stop and smell the cupcakes.  In honor of our trip, I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (this is on my top favs list).  I’ve been playing around with different recipes for red velvet, and I think I finally found the PERFECT one.  It’s simple and delicious.

For the cupcakes (makes 30 regular size), you will need:  3/4 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 3.5 tbsp red food coloring, 1.5 tbsp vanilla (yes-1.5 tbsp!), 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour, 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, 1 tbsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cup buttermilk.

First beat the butter until creamy. Add sugar and eggs.  Add red food coloring and vanilla.

RV mix

In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk and scraping down the sides.  Once the batter is fully mixed, fill 30 lined and floured/sprayed cupcake tins about 3/4 full.  The batter will be think.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes.

RV Raw

The frosting used is my classic cream cheese frosting.  This time I used regular cream cheese instead of light and I didn’t taste a difference. 

Ingredients: 2 sticks (1 cup butter), 12 oz cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 – 5 cups powdered sugar.  

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! 

RV Frosting

I LOVE cream cheese frosting.  I think that’s why I am such a fan of Rev Velvet and Carrot.   I frosted one for myself, just one (I PROMISE!), and enjoyed every bite of it!  I’m going to decorate the rest of cupcakes tomorrow evening from Blue Ridge so I’ll post pictures of the decorated cupcakes soon!

So clearly, baking is one of my destress tactics.  What do you do to destress?

Bon Appetite!

 

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