Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar

  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  4. 1 teaspoon salt

  5. 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

  6. 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil

  7. 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature

  8. 2 large eggs, room temperature

  9. 2 tablespoons red food coloring

  10. 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

  11. 1 pound cream cheese, softened

  12. 2 sticks butter, softened

  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  14. 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  15. Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.

  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

  3. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

  4. For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

  6. Garnish with chopped pecans and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

  7. Cook's Note: Frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or pipe it on with a big star tip.


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