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Kelly Ripa’s Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

For Cupcakes:
1 stick butter
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk
1/4 cup strawberry juice (see below)
2 T. cocoa
1 t. vanilla
1 T. vinegar
1 t. soda (sifted)
2 1/2 C. cake flour
1 t. salt
2 Tb red food coloring (optional, instead of strawberry juice)

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 box of confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

For Cupcakes:
Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Add strawberry juice and cocoa. Add salt to flour and sift. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, mix well. Add vanilla, mix well. Add soda and vinegar and don't beat, just blend. Bake in 8 cupcake tins about 20 minutes at 350.
For the strawberry juice: cook a pint of strawberries with 1/2 cup sugar and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Let cool. Strain. If the juice is very liquidy, reduce over medium heat to obtain a syrup consistency. OR use food coloring


For Cream Cheese Frosting:
In bowl of electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter, on low speed, until very smooth with no lumps. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth.

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