I made these little red velvet cupcakes for the Going-Natural event. I modified a few of the recipes I've seen to get the perfect red velvet for me. I like to use a little more cocoa powder than most recipes. This yields about 28 mini-cupcakes (they are really small).
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar (brown and organic cane sugar)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 ounces red food coloring
1/2 cup buttermilk (Saco buttermilk powder mixed with almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream butter and sugar about 2-3 minutes. Blend in egg. Make a paste from cocoa and red dye.
I made a standard cream cheese buttercream (confectioner's sugar, butter, cream cheese, milk, and vanilla) then sprinkled red crystals on top.
Add paste to butter sugar mixture
Mix in flour and salt. Add milk and vanilla.
Combine the baking soda and vinegar in a separate bowl. Fold in with a rubber spatula.
Bake 11 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. ( I used very small cupcake liners. Add more time for bigger liners.)