Special occasions call for incredible cupcakes like these red velvet cupcakes. What I love about this recipe is that they are fancy enough to serve at an event or party and no more difficult than any other cupcake recipe.
In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be celebrating my 13th Wedding Anniversary by hosting a party for family and friends at the historic Columns Hotel in New Orleans, the same place we got married.
You’d think that figuring out what to serve for dessert would be easy, quite the opposite! This time around, I wanted something different and fun, and that’s when my daughter suggested we serve cupcakes to our guests.
After a few weeks of testing different recipes, we all agreed that red velvet cupcakes were the winners. We decided to make these ourselves, in batches, with our favorite flour from Bob’s Red Mill, our partners for today’s recipe.
In the past, I’ve shared our favorite birthday cupcakes that can be made with regular flour or Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-Free Baking Flour. We’ll be making a few batches of the recipe that are gluten-free to accommodate some of our guests with gluten allergies at the party. Whether you make this recipe with their regular four or the 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour, the measurements will be the same.
So back to these incredible cupcakes. The red velvet flavor has a special meaning in our celebration. When we got married, we chose the top layer of our cake to be red velvet. On our first anniversary, my husband and I took it out of the freezer and sat cross-legged on our living room floor where we proceeded to share that top layer and reminisced over our first year together.
As you can imagine this recipe has really come full circle. The cupcake and frosting recipes come from my auntie Colleen, who shared it with me years ago. I’ve made it a few times before for special occasions as a cake, and it’s always devoured by our guests.
If you plan on making these cupcakes for a special occasion and want to make them ahead of time, you can bake and freeze the finished cupcake for up to 2 weeks and frost them the day before the event (as I plan on doing. Bob’s Red Mill’s flour yields perfectly moist cupcakes in this recipe, whether you bake them fresh or ahead of time. Now, the only thing left to do is figure out how to create a beautiful serving table big enough to accommodate 180 cupcakes!
Given that I’ll be making 15 or more dozen cupcakes, I had to figure out a way to simplify the process. Sifting is key to give these cupcakes that light and fluffy texture we all love. Skipping the sifting and making it all in a single bowl yielded denser cupcakes, which are still really good but some rose more as they were baking than others.
Whether you are celebrating an anniversary like me, or a birthday, or you just want to bake delicious cupcakes for your family and friends, I hope you enjoy this incredible recipe that has been in my family for a few years and that we absolutely love.
What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
Original Recipe from Martha Stewart
Original Recipe from Martha Stewart
From time to time, I work with awesome companies to develop recipes for this website. Today’s post was brought to you by Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity.
The two recipes that are sure to win over my children for breakfast are pancakes and muffins. But when it comes to muffins, “the ones with crumbly topping on top are the best!” as my daughter likes to say.
And today’s pear crumble muffins are no different. Moist in the inside, with a fluffy and airy texture, topped with a crisp crumble are winners every time!
My grandmother used to use canned pears in her pear crumble muffin recipe, which is why I’m excited to have partnered with Libby’s to make these quick and delicious muffins that make a terrific special breakfast for all ages.
As a child living in Spain, I spent most afternoons and weekends at my grandmother’s house. Over the years, I learned to appreciate the love and kindness that went into every meal she cooked. But baking, though, those were special treats reserved for the weekend.
As an inquisitive child, I would ask a lot of questions that I’m sure my grandmother found to be repetitive and possibly annoying. You know, the type of questions that would start with “why” and end with “but why?”
To her credit, she never grew tired of explaining why things had to be done in a certain way in the kitchen. It’s because of her answers that I am now able to create easy shortcuts in many recipes or know why it’s good to use canned fruit in many of her baked goods recipes.
She’d say that canned fruit has a consistent texture that always cooks evenly. And, even with small baked goods like muffins, the result would be fruit with a softer texture that is pleasant with every bite. This isn’t always the case with fresh fruit, as it often takes longer than the baking time for it to soften up. Plus, the canned pears in this recipe are high in moisture, so they help the muffins have a softer and fluffier texture.
As I share many of her recipes in this blog and my cookbooks; one of the questions that I’m often asked is if she left me a recipe book of sorts. Sadly, no. My aunt Amparo is a chef, and thankfully she has written down many of my grandmother’s recipes as cooked them along with her over the years.
And this recipe is one of them. Check out how easy these muffins are to make:
Because really, who has time to measure flour early in the morning barely caffeinated? Not this girl. My husband jokes that I don’t get breakfast started until the first cup of coffee kicks in, so there is always that!
The crumbly topping of this muffin not only looks fantastic but will leave you wanting more. And with Libby’s making a large variety of canned fruits, you can use just about any substitute for the pears making this recipe very flexible.
What’s your favorite way to use canned fruit?
Make these whole-wheat by using whole-wheat baking flour (white whole-wheat). If you use regular whole-wheat flour, use only 50% whole-wheat and 50% all-purpose flour to avoid dense muffins. You can make these gluten-free by using a 1:1 gluten-free flour mixture. Depending on the brand, you might need 2-3 tablespoons less flour as gluten-free flour absorbs more liquid.
From time to time, I work with awesome companies to develop recipes for this website. Today’s post was brought to you by Libby’s. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity.
In the past, I’ve tried to add more fiber to my family’s diet in what I thought would be tasty baked goods. Most recipes, however, incorporate wheat-bran and grains and tend to yield dry, not-so-tasty muffins. If you’ve been searching for a tasty way to add more fiber to your diet without adding more grains, you are going to love today’s sweet, moist, and delicious high fiber paleo breakfast muffins recipe.
Are you looking for a sweet treat to make this Valentine’s Day? If so, you are going to love these cherry hand pies!
Every Valentine’s Day I struggle with what to give my kids as a special treat to show them how much I love them. While they love chocolate, they also often ask to bake something with me.
If you love pumpkin scones, you are in for a treat today!
I combined my 3 favorite versions for pumpkin scones into a single post (see all 3 recipes below). Pictured are the gluten free scones, although the ones in the original recipe come out looking the same. The paleo/grain free version is just as delicious (or more).
My oldest two kids have always helped around the kitchen, but it wasn’t’ until this year, that they have really taken an interest in actually making meals. Gabriel, the youngest of my three, is only 3-years-old, so he is still at the stage where baking is what he prefers to do. He’s obsessed with the Minions, so naturally this Minions Cookie Baking Set from Zak! Designs was a huge hit!