This weekend we had a birthday party for my little sister who's favorite cupcake is the ever so popular red velvet cupcake. I asked the most knowledgeable baker I know for a recipe recommendation and she referred me to a red velvet layer cake recipe posted on Smitten Kitchen. Since they were cupcakes, and not cakes, I baked them at 350 for only 25 min.
I have to admit there was a fiasco involving red food coloring and my favorite jeans, and I was a little nervous about the whole buttermilk portion of the recipe as well as the vinegar and baking soda you add at the end. I thought for sure I'd get something off balance and my poor sister would end up with red bricks instead of cupcakes for her birthday. I'm totally new to the whole baking thing and haven't quite accumulated any confidence for it. Fortunately for her, they actually turned out fluffy and not at all like bricks. Yay!
I made a cream cheese icing and topped them off with stemmed maraschino cherries for maximum cuteness. I was worried about the cherries bleeding on the icing, so I rinsed them off and let them dry out on paper towels.
My sis said that she really like the cupcakes, so to me that is a success! Here's to happy birthdays to very much loved little sisters!