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The Academy Awards: Celebrate with Oscar-worthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

The Academy Awards: Celebrate with Oscar-worthy Red Velvet Cupcakes

The Academy Awards are this Sunday, March 2nd. Chef J was going to give us a tutorial on how to dress up as the Oscar statue using only edible materials, but thankfully he decided the glitter would look better on cupcakes. Let’s all get sparkly with Chef J!

Are you ready for the fabulousness of the Academy Awards?! Do you love to see the creators of wonderful works of cinematic art celebrated? Are your knuckles white as you sit on the edge of your seat, waiting for the winners to be announced? Maybe you just want to see what all the beautiful people are wearing! And let’s not forget the speeches! Everyone loves a good acceptance speech. Whatever the draw is for you, the Oscars will surely sate your desire for Hollywood glamor. Personally, I rely on Netflix for my motion picture needs, I think everyone should win, and I wear my pajamas more often than an adult probably should. I do love acceptance speeches though…

For me, the Academy Awards are just a wonderful excuse to get friends and family together to eat, drink, and yell at the TV. It’s always fun to get everyone in on a pool for Best Picture. You can rotate who hosts the party each year so a different friend is responsible for the prize or have everyone throw in a couple bucks toward the purse. Or just gather around the tube with some champagne and scathing critique of Tinsel Town fashion. Whatever you do, make sure you have plenty of delicious treats! Since no one will be rolling out a red carpet for me any time soon I decided to make red velvet cupcakes this year (I eat my feelings…).

Red velvet cupcakes are elegant, yet loaded with sugary-sweet popular appeal – just like the Academy Awards!

Sprinkle on a little edible gold glitter and you’re ready for a real fancy-pants champagne jam!

Red velvet is thought to have received it’s name from the reddish hue produced by the mixture of acid from vinegar and buttermilk with old-style cocoa. Today most recipes call for the addition of red food coloring or beet puree to add the titular red. The amount of rouge in your cake is up to you, but keep in mind: after a few drops, you can really taste the food coloring. Experiment with it, but remember that taste is always more important than appearance!

Red Velvet CupcakesAcademy Award worthy looks.
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
8 oz. butter, softened
1½ cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
8 oz. buttermilk
Red food coloring
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 TBS vanilla

Heat oven to 350°.
Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and soda together.
Cream the butter, sugar and salt and then add the eggs, one at a time.
Add the flour and buttermilk alternately, a little at a time.
Mix in the remaining ingredients; beat until smooth.
Pour into lined cupcake pans cook until they test clean; about 22 minutes.

1½ lbs. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. butter, softened
2 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
16 oz. cream
1½ cups powdered sugar

Whip the cream cheese and butter together with the vanilla and salt.
Add the cream and whip until fluffy.
Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue whipping until stiff.
Frost cupcakes and top with edible gold glitter for an award-winning effect!

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