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I'm P.C., and I have studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study. Coursework at Le Cordon Bleu London and intensive courses in Morocco, Thailand and France have broadened my culinary skill and palate. But my kitchen of choice is at home, cooking like most people, experimenting with unique but practical ideas.

I live, mostly in my kitchen, in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes

Last year, I posted a recipe for Peppermint Black Bottom Cupcakes, a nifty seasonal twist on a classic recipe and family favorite.  Well, as I started to think about Christmas treats for this season, I decided to take that classic recipe and try another twist – fun, rich, colorful red velvet.  Red Velvet Black Bottom is not a great name, so I call these surprise cupcakes because of the creamy white chocolate bits hidden in the center.  A delicious, prettily wrapped Christmas present.

Yes, you really do need the whole bottle of food coloring to get the vivid red, otherwise it will be a muddy, dull shade.  Be careful of a fresh manicure with the food coloring though, it is hard to get off.  And yes, these may turn your tongue a little crimson, but that’s half the fun.  Kids and adults alike love these festive treats, and they are a perfect make-ahead, portable party delight. Stored in an airtight container, they will last for days.  I can see these as a lovely gift, wrapped in cellophane, tied with a green ribbon.  The cupcakes are pretty enough to serve as decoration on their own.

Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 1/3 cups sugar, divided

1 large egg

1 cup white chocolate morsels

1 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 16 muffin cups with paper liners.

Beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy and smooth. Gradually beat in 1/3 cup sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Fold in the white chocolate morsels. Set aside

In a large bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of sugar, the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Stir together the water, oil, vinegar and vanilla and red food coloring in a measuring jug, then pour into the well. Stir just until the batter is mixed. Spoon the batter evenly between the 16 muffin cups, filling each half-full. Spoon a heaping Tablespoon of the cream cheese filling over the batter in the cups.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a tester inserted in the middle of a cake comes out clean and the cream cheese filling is set.  Cool for 5 minutes in the tins, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.

Makes 16 cupcakes


2 comments to Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes

  • Patrician

    Wow, I am getting LOST in all the delicious recipes. However, question about THIS one (Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes) as I am hosting a large surprise party with the theme color of RED. Can these be frozen in advance … PLEEZ…. thanks!

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