February is the month of love, right?! Well if you haven’t figured it out, one of my loves is desserts ;). To celebrate St. Valentine, I decided to make red velvet cupcakes. This recipe was handed down from my great grandmother, so of course it’s good if it comes from a fine Southern lady 😉 . The original recipe called for butter flavoring, but I nixed that out and it came out heavenly.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes:

1/2 c shortening

1 1/2 c sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

3 tbs cocoa

1 oz red food coloring

2 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 c buttermilk

1 tbs vinegar

1 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened

1 stick butter, softened

1 lb confectioners  sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 350. First, cream together shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, beat until smooth. Mix cocoa powder and food coloring in a separate bowl until they make a paste, then add to sugar & shortening mixture.

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Next, slowly add the flour and buttermilk, alternating between the two. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda and vinegar together, then mix into the batter. We’re done with the batter! Fill mini-muffin tins three-quarters of the way full with batter. Bake in oven for 12 minutes.

To make the cream cheese frosting, mix the cream cheese and butter together until it appears to be fluffy. Next, slowly add in all of the sugar. Mix until the mixture is thoroughly combined, then add vanilla!

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Hope that you are able to woo your honey with these cupcakes for St. Valentine’s Day 😉

With love, from Texas!

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