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Monday 4 July 2011

Sluttishly Sweet: Alice in Wonderland Cupcakes

If you love cooking and you love crafts, then you will LOVE Everything Alice. The book is out today, and it's full of crafty delicious treats to make! We promise you, there are hours of fun to be had with this lovely book (which we're reviewing later this week), and the even lovelier authors have made some videos especially for Domestic Sluttery.

Here is the recipe for the delicious and kooky Red Velvet Cupcakes with the cutest little crowns for each cake to wear.

Red King Red Velvet Cupcakes (makes 12)

You'll need:

  • 170g self raising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 30ml natural red food colouring
  • 55g unsalted butter
  • 170g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 120ml sour cream or buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of White Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream cheese frosting
  • 55g butter
  • 120g full fat cream cheese
  • 170g icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the crowns

  • gold or silver and red glittery paper or card
  • A heart shaped hole punch (optional)
Make it!
  • Preheat oven to 350°F/ 180°C/ gas mark 4. Line a regular 12 hole cupcake tin with cases.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder and food colouring; blend until thick and shiny with no lumps.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together in one large bowl, beat until light and fluffy. Slowly add the egg then the cocoa paste add the vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
  • Now add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, stirring in alternate spoonfuls until mixture is well blended.
  • In a cup mix the vinegar and baking soda, there will be a fizz! Combine this with the mixture.
  • Spoon into cases and bake for 20mins. Leave to cool fully before adding frosting.

For the crowns

  • Cut the crowns from this pattern
  • Add little red heart to the tips
  • Cut a heart from the middle of the crown
  • Staple into a circle
Cream cheese frosting
  • Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth
  • Sift in icing sugar and add vanilla extract.
  • With a large star shaped icing nozzle ice cooled cakes and add crowns cut from gold paper.


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