Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes With Cinnamon Buttercream

“This is from the Oprah magazine...I'll be making these for Valentine's Day.”
READY IN:
55mins
SERVES:
36
YIELD:
36 cupcakes
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. To make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 36 (2 1/2 inch) muffin pans cups with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, food coloring and boiling water. Set aside to cool. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and shortening until smooth. Scrape down bowl and add sugar. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Stir buttermilk and vanilla into the cooled cocoa mixture. Sift cake flour and salt together in another bowl. With the mixer on low, alternate adding the flour mixture (in 3 parts) and the cocoa mixture (in 2 parts) to the egg mixture. Beat until incorporated. In a small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda and stir until baking soda dissolves; the mixture will fizz. Add to batter and stir until just combined.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan, and let cool completely.
  4. To make the Buttercream: In a heavy bottomed saucepan, whisk the sugar and flour together. Add the milk and cream and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture boils and has thickened, about 12 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until cool, 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add to the butter; beat until thoroughly incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy; 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and continue mixing until combined. If the frosting is too soft, transfer the bowl to the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.
  5. Frost each cupcake with buttercream. Garnish with cinnamon imperials and white chocolate hearts if desired.

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