Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentines Red Velvet Cupcakes For Two

I am obsessed with candles. The last time I counted I had over 30 candles in my loft. They are everywhere in my house, I even have two in the bathroom. My husband and I occasionally take a bath or shower together. I know that may be TMI but this is a romance and cooking blog, so you will just have to deal with it ;) So instead of having those candles burn in the living room, I moved them all into the bathroom to create a romantic atmosphere. It is the little things that don't cost a dime, that sometimes can have the most impact on romance. 

Romantic Tip: Move those candles into the bathroom for a candlelit shower or bath.

Since Valentines day is just around the corner, I thought I would bring you a nice valentine cupcake recipe for two. 

Red Velvet Cupcakes for Two
adapted from The Baker Chick

1 tablespoon butter, melted
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon greek yogurt cream
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1 egg white
3 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 tsp salt

cream cheese frosting for two:
2 oz. philadelphia cream cheese- softened
2 tablespoons of butter- softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract.
optional: sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
In a pyrex style measuring cup, combine the melted butter and sugar. Stir until well-combined.
Add the greek yogurt, vanilla, vinegar, food coloring and egg white, and mix until smooth and creamy.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir till combined, being careful not to over-mix.
Divide batter between two cupcake liners Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.
For the Frosting:
Whip the butter and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy. add the vanilla and powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time and mix until frosting is free of lumps, creamy and spreadable.
Frost and sprinkle with your favorite sprinkles.

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