There is no better way to get feedback on dessert than a dessert tasting party. Since I was a pastry chef even before I dove into my career as a creator of gluten free flour, I used to host many gluten free tasting parties for both gluten free and non-gluten guests. The focus of my first tasting party was cupcakes. Cupcake flavors ranged from chocolate peanut butter and smores to simply delicious vanilla. The results from my anonymous feedback survey placed the red velvet cupcakes as the most popular flavor. Red velvet cake touts a good balance of flavors because it has a light chocolaty flavor without the ultra-rich character of dark chocolate. A great cream cheese frosting pulls it all together!
Orly's Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups (125 grams) Sydney Blend
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoons (10 grams) regular or Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter
3/4 cups (150 grams) granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (120 ml) whole milk
1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces (227 grams) cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar
2/3 cup (160 ml) cold cream or milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl mix together the Sydney Blend, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter until soft. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. In a separate cup, whisk the milk with the red food coloring. Alternately add the flour mixture and milk to the butter mixture. In a separate cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the batter.
Divide the batter evenly among the 12muffin cups and bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat the room temperature cream cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and sugar and beat until smooth. Gradually add the cream and whip until the frosting is thick and smooth enough to pipe or spread. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.