Red Velvet Valentine’s

I have lived in Alaska for almost 12 years.That’s long enough to stop calling all sodas a Coke & long enough for my southern drawl to have mostly faded away. I say mostly because about 5 minutes after I step off of a plane in New Orleans,it all comes flooding back. I suddenly I hear myself saying things like “bamamamas” (if you don’t speak N’awlins that’s by my mama’s). I have no idea how it happens; I don’t call my mom “mama”- EVER. Deep down inside of me there’s still a Southern Bell that needs to rear her pretty little head from time to time. I actually love that I grew up in New Orleans. How can you not love a place with so much character and such great food? One of the foods I love the most is Red Velvet cake.


When I first moved to Alaska I was really surprised by the number of people I knew who had never eaten Red Velvet cake. Its everywhere in the south. It just as shocking as when I discovered kids in other places didn’t get 3 days off of school for Mardi Gras. WEIRD. I’m glad to see that Red Velvet Cake has since gained the popularity it deserves. I think everyone needs a hint of chocolate and rich cream cheese frosting in their lives.


With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching,  I decided to make Red Velvet Cupcakes & top them with fondant decorations.


I’ve learned to make a little bit extra of whatever I’m baking, This keeps the boyfriend happy while I decorate and take pictures. Here is a picture of one”his” cupcakes that I slapped some frosting on real quick. I love the way it turned out.

Can you tell I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of photo editing effects? I have to do something to make my pictures look better; winter in Alaska can be a challenge for food photography.


Here’s the recipe

Red Velvet Valentines

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Red Velvet Valentines


For the cup cakes

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 1/2 tablespoon red food coloring

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups cake flour

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vinegar

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the Frosting

8 oz cream cheese

1 stick unsalted butter

1 tablespoon vanilla

4-5 cups powdered sugar


    For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with 12 liners
  2. In an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time, until well blended
  4. In a separate bowl. mix the food coloring and cocoa powder until a paste is formed.
  5. Add the paste to the butter mixture, and mix well.
  6. Add the buttermilk and blend well. Add the flour and mix until smooth.
  7. In a separate bowl, mix the vinegar and baking soda together & add to the batter. Mix until ingredients are fully incorporated.
  8. Spoon batter into lined cupcake pan
  9. Bake for 10 minutes; rotate and bake for an additional 10minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool on a wire rack.
  11. For the frosting
  12. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
  13. Add the vanilla
  14. Add the powdered sugar, on cup at a time and mix until fully incorporated.

recipe from Sweet Cupcakes


Hope you enjoy! Stay tuned; more Valentine’s treats to come…