One of my favourite parts of autumn is the changing colours of the leaves, the emergence of beautiful, vibrant reds and oranges is just so pretty and magical. Feeling all inspired post bake off I've decided to combine this with one of my favourite cakes.. Red Velvet! Pinterest is full of cute autumnal decoration ideas at the moments so here's how my attempt turned out and the affordable, easy recipe I used.Ingredients
For the cupackes
60g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
10 g Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
20 ml Red Food Colouring
pinch if nutmeg
130g Greek Yoghurt
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicardinat3 of soda
1 and a 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
For the Icing
Red/Orange Fondant Icing
- Use an electric whisk to mix the butter and sugar until its light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the egg to the butter and sugar mixture and continue mixing until it looks like more of a cake mixture!
- Sieve the cocoa powder into a separate bowl and add the red food colouring, nutmeg and vanilla extract. I'm a lemon and forgot the vanilla extract so don't worry too much if you're missing this! Similarly I only used 10 ml red food colouring and mine weren't hugely red, so I'd double it if I was making them again! Mix into a dark paste using a spoon. Add to the other bowl and mix it all together with an electric whisk.
- Mix in half the yoghurt using the electric whisk, and then sieve and mix in half the flour. Mix in the remaining greek yoghurt and then the remaining flour using the electric whisk until you have a smooth, purply red mixture.
- Add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar (my vinegar was very fizzy!) to the mixture and mix together.
- Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases until they're 2/3 full, or live dangerously, fill them the whole way and have giant cupcakes!
- Bake for roughly 20-25 minutes at 170 degrees. My student house oven helpfully has no markings on its dial so my "170" was a total guess!
- Eat way too much of the cake mixture because lets face it it's probably going to taste better than the actual cake!
- This is possibly the most simple icing ever as you pretty much just chuck in random amounts of the icing sugar, soft cheese and butter and whisk together until you like the taste!! I haven't put any amounts on as I literally just completely made this part up, but I'd estimate I used maybe 100g of butter, 200g of icing sugar and 100g soft cheese, although that might be an underestimate as I had loads of butter icing leftover!
- You can of course use a piping bag to neatly ice the cakes.. Or you can get frustrated at your inability to understand how piping bags work, give up and just stick it on with a knife like me! Either way it will taste delicious.
- Then onto the really fun stuff, making the little leaves to go on top using shop bought fondant icing, sorry Mary Berry! This, unsurprisingly, was a lot more fiddly than it appeared on pinterest, but you essentially mix small amounts of the orange and red icing together into a ball, roll it out and cut it into a leaf shape. You could also sprinkle on some gold sugar glitter before adding the leaves.
And you're done! Mine may not be particularly red, but they taste really, really good and my housemates all loved them! They were also so much fun to make. Let me know what you think in the comments, and I'd love to know what your favourite cupcakes are!!
Thanks for reading lovelies, Georgia xxxx