Mini-Cupcake – Baking Friday!

I made mini red velvet cupcakes today!  They are amazing!  The original idea came from Martha Stewart , only on the show she made them with chocolate cake.  Well, Mar and I decided to try them out today with red velvet cake (we also tried a batch with white cake, but it didn’t seem to turn out very well – looked and tasted more like cookie dough).  The Red Velvet are my favorite, I must say!  The chocolate one’s that were on Martha’s show are J’s favorite – guess I’ll have to make both. 

We used the recipe for Red Velvet from my Magnolia Bakery cookbook.  Here is the red velvet recipe (adjusted for this recipe):

Magnolia Bakery Red Velvet Cake Recipe

 This is one of our most popular cakes at the bakery. Half of the customers love it because they haven’t eaten it since their grandmother made it when they were kids, and the other half because they think the red color is really neat. But everyone thinks it’s delicious.

 3 ⅓ cups cake flour (not self-rising)

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 ¼ cups sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

3 tablespoons red food coloring

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 ½ cups buttermilk

1 ½ teaspoons cider vinegar

1 ½ teaspoons baking soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Grease and lightly flour three 9 x 13 pan

 To make the cake: In a small bowl, sift the cake flour and set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

 In a small bowl, whisk together the red food coloring, cocoa, and vanilla. Add to the batter and beat well.

 In a measuring cup, stir the salt into the buttermilk. Add to the batter in three parts, alternating with the flour. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overheat.

 In a small bowl, stir together the cider vinegar and baking soda. Add to the batter and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended and the batter is smooth.  Pour evenly into pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Now, follow the Martha Stewart link to make the rest of this recipe for Cupcake Pops. 

Here is what the balls look like before you shape them:

Here is the final product!  Have fun and let me know how yours come out if you try this!  P.S.  Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get them right the first time – I need to work on my dipping skills for future mini-cupcakes!

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14 Responses to Mini-Cupcake – Baking Friday!

  1. susan says:

    ooh! How cool that you made those! I printed the recipe out last week but haven’t tried it yet. I might just have to!

  2. lfamily5 says:

    They are definitely harder than it appeared on the show…mine didn’t look perfect, but tasted amazing! I guess that is all that matters!

  3. marilee says:

    This was such a fun project! Let’s do it again soon and refine our skills! I am going to order some of that chocolate that the girl uses on bakerella. :)

  4. lfamily5 says:

    I would love to do it again with you….I had a blast with you. Let me know when you order and we can split the shipping!

  5. kruclan says:

    I am SO bummed I missed out. May I please join the refining of the skills session? These look amazing!!

  6. lfamily5 says:

    Of course…I think I am going to practice again next week! Hopefully you can join the fun!

  7. jenni says:

    YUM…those look so good.

  8. Bakerella says:

    Hi! Great job on the pops. I am doing a cupcake pop photo round up. I wanted to see if I could use this image. If so, I’d like to use your first name and state on the photo. Email me if you are interested.
    Thanks Bakerella

  9. Very cute, I will have to try to make some.

  10. HoneyB says:

    Great job! These were very easy and so fun to make!

  11. Liz says:

    How did you do the ice-cream-swirl on the white ones? Is it squeezy-icing?


  12. lfamily5 says:

    I used the homemade frosting receipe that Bakerella provides for the cupcake mix- I set some aside to use as a topping. Then I used a small round tip bag and squeezed it on. It was really delicious too!

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  14. allaboutkimberly says:

    Ooh…I have a recipe that calls for red velvet cheese cake and I have never found it in a box….Now I can try it out with you recipe! YUM! YUM! YUM! I’m so glad to have found your site.

    Kimberly @

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