A couple weeks ago, a group of friends and I got together with a mission: to find the perfect red velvet cupcake recipe. Katie (who blogs over at La Jolla Mom) arranged it after having the genius idea of having a monthly Cupcakes and Wine event. Yes, cupcakes AND wine…combining the best part of Valentine's Day with the best part of New Year's.
Everyone contributed a batch of red velvet cupcakes made from different recipes, while Katie whipped up five different kinds of frosting so we could mix and match. The verdict for best red velvet cupcake recipe? Definitely NOT the red velvet cheesecake swirl cupcakes I spent a ridiculous amount of time on:
Pretty, huh? But they were disappointingly bland. Don't you hate it when that happens? It probably didn't help that I slightly overcooked them, too. Anyway, the winner for the best red velvet cupcake recipe was surprisingly simple. Not someone's great great grandmother's family secret or a modified Martha Stewart concoction. The best recipe were these red velvet cupcakes from an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay on The Food Network. And the best frosting is Paul Deen's signature recipe. File this away for future reference! One thing I definitely learned from this is that red velvet cupcakes can't just be made from any online recipe.