Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  2. 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

  3. 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

  4. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (recommended: Valrhona)

  5. 1 cup vegetable oil

  6. 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

  7. 1 7/8 cups sugar

  8. 3 eggs

  9. 1 fluid ounce red food coloring

  10. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

  11. 1 1/4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  12. 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

  13. Almond Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows

  14. 11 1/2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature

  15. 24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  16. 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  17. 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  18. 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners.

  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix the vegetable oil, buttermilk, sugar, eggs, food coloring, applesauce, vinegar, and vanilla on medium speed until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Turn the mixer to medium-low speed, and add the dry ingredients a little bit at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary. Mix until just combined.

  4. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 minutes. Cool the cupcakes completely.

  5. Generously frost the top of each cupcake with the Almond Cream Cheese Frosting.

  6. This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

  7. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer on medium-low, and slowly add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Once the ingredients are all incorporated, turn the mixer to high, and beat for 1 additional minute.


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