Friday, October 28, 2011

Texas Tech Cupcakes

Black Velvet Cupcakes with Red Cream Cheese Frosting

I'm going down to visit my brother and watch him play in the band for Texas Tech University, so I decided to make a 'Go Tech' cupcake! They are the Red Raiders, with colors of Black and Red.

I altered a blue velvet cupcake recipe from Sprinkle Bakes for this recipe.

My "Red" Frosting looks pink!

Black Velvet Cupcakes (adapted from Sprinkle Bakes)
makes 24-28 cupcakes
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T Cocoa Powder
  • 1 T black food coloring
  • 2 1/2 C cake flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 T white vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake pan(s) with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter, mix until light and fluffy. 
  3. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix well after each addition. 
  4. Mix cocoa and food coloring together to form a paste, and then add to sugar mixture; mix well. 
  5. Sift together flour and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. 
  6. Blend in vanilla. 
  7. In a small bowl, combine baking soda and vinegar and add to mixture.
  8. Scoop batter into tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes
This recipe made a very dense cupcake with a tight crumb, you definitely need a glass of milk with these!

See how dense they are!
Red Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • Red Food Coloring, to color.
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and food coloring together until smooth. 
  2. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. 
  3. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. 
  4. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes using a large round tip. I used tip #1A
I had a really hard time getting the frosting to look red, I used a ton of gel food coloring, maybe it would have worked better had I used liquid coloring.

I  melted down some white chocolate and piped out  "Go Tech!" and the TT Logo to garnish. The white chocolate melts very quickly, so I had to transfer them quickly from the freezer to the cupcakes.

The Finished Product

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