Monday, August 17, 2009
Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting: A Bakers Ultra Challenge
My sweet little Nephew turned 2 last week, and had a party on Saturday that I made red velvet cupcakes for! I borrowed this recipe from Martha Stewart. I'm sure she doesn't mind. Any cream cheese frosting will do, but you can't have my recipe! They turned out amazing! The only thing I'll do differently to this recipe next time I make it is add about a tablespoon more of cocoa powder.
Here was challenge. The cupcakes were for Saturday and I didn't have time to make them Saturday morning so I planned to make them Friday night after work. Friday rolls around and it turns out that I had to work late. I panicked a little and started to call around to find a bakery that could have 2 dozen red velvets ready to be picked up the next morning at 9am. After all the laughs I got, you would have thought I was Don Rickles!
I only had two hours to run home, make cupcakes and make it back to work by 10pm. I live on the other side of town. I left work at 8pm and managed to fight the Friday night dinner traffic, make 2 dozen cupcakes, chop a ton of veggies for a veggie platter, then fight Friday night bar and club traffic and made it back to work by 10pm. It's amazing what you can do in two hours as long as you have A) a boyfriend to talk you of a ledge while you drive like a jerk to get home to do everything and listen to you complain about how typical it is that you have to work late on the one night you have something really important you have to take care of, and B) a better attitude after talking with said boyfriend/miracle worker.
Here is the murder scene in my kitchen after that whirlwind.
It was a little disturbing that the batter looked like ketchup.
They of course turned out beautiful!
It was a good thing I made those sunflower seed butter cookies to bring to the party as well.
My Nephew had a guitar rock n' roll theme for his party, so I found these cute little guitar toppers on Shop Bakers Nook.
This one was mine.
I shared it with my fiance.
Not bad for slapping these together in less than 2 hours!!