Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

Some people think using a cake mix is like cheating. There is also an idea out there that cakes made from cake mixes don't taste good. I disagree wholeheartedly with both!

For many years I have been using recipes from The Cake Mix Doctor and Chocolate from the Cake Mix Doctor. The cakes are great, and the frostings are always superb. She isn't using the cakes as directed on the box, and the changes make all the difference. I think my favorite creation was using her double chocolate rum cake and using it as a basis for chocolate tiramisu - I should really post that recipe sometime.

When finding a recipe for Valentines Day, my mind was on cupcakes for some reason, and red velvet cupcakes seemed fitting. This recipe comes from the Cake Mix Doctor website, so I will just point you there to make these for yourself.

The batter is thick and a vivid red, thanks to the addition of sour cream and red food coloring; and the mini chocolate chips add a lot of interest and flavor. I'm not sure I'm a huge fan of the white chocolate in the cream cheese icing, but it does add an extra dimension of flavor. Some of them had pink sprinkles, lucky them!

Categories: Chocolate, Cupcake, South


glamah16 said...

When I do decorated cakes I alwaysuse a doctored up cake mix. And no one knows the diffrence.

Deborah said...

I have a post coming up soon that features a cake mix! It saved the day for me awhile back. Yours are gorgeous!

Sarah said...

I love red velvet and the addition of mini chocolate chips in the batter sounds interesting. I might have to try that in my next batch!

reprehriestless warillever said...

We made red velvet cupcakes "from scratch" yesterday, and it was not worth the effort. My 2 and 3 year old helpers really liked sifting flour, though :)

This was my first time making a cream cheese frosting. I really did not like it fresh, but it is really good today, after being refrigerated.

steetoa said...

The cupcakes look yummy! I love red velvet and made some yummy ones a few weekends back.

I must admit, though, that I am anti-cake mix primarily because they add a whole bunch of random, unnatural ingredients that baking from scratch leaves out. I try and avoid processed foods as much as possible but keep the sugar flowing. :)