Friday, July 27, 2012

Christmas in July 2012 - Red Velvet Mini-Cupcakes!

A few years back, my family and I started Celebrating Christmas in July.  Christmas has always been my MOST favorite time of year! The reds and greens, sparkles and glitter, the coziness of it, the decorations, the music, wrapping gifts and drinking hot chocolate, the holiday movies, and of course the story of Christmas. I just LOVE the holiday season....and because we enjoy it so much - we celebrate it in the summer as well! :)

This year, it was a two day celebration for us :) One day for baking, and one day for Crafting.  Amy Grant and Kenny G's Christmas albums were playing on repeat in my Kitchen, it was rainy outside, but festive in my home! Lily was old enough this year to get the idea, and she had so much fun with it as well!  (Although she's STILL upset that I wouldn't put up the Christmas tree ;)

So for Part one of our Christmas in July I decided to bake Red Velvet mini-cupcakes.  Lily has always loved baking with me and Charlie's starting to take an interest as well (he knows that yummy things come out of baking with Mommy!).  Lily's old enough to do most of it herself, she loves to pour the ingredients in the bowl and do all the stirring.  We're still working on the egg cracking, but she does a great job for a three year old! :)

I've had this recipe for lots of years, I'm not sure where it came from originally, but I used to make this with an old friend of our family's when I was younger (Although we made it as a layer cake). It always comes out moist and delicious! Enjoy!!

Christmas in July Red Velvet Mini-Cupcakes

1/2 cup cocoa
2 oz. red food coloring
2 1/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs.
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vinegar

  • Preheat oven to 350* and prepare cupcake tin with liners. 
  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa and food coloring, set aside.
  • In another small bowl, combine flour and salt. 
  • In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electrix mixer for 30 seconds. add sugar and vanilla and beat until well combined. 
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well, then mix in the cocoa mixture (this is where it gets pretty!!) 
  • Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low  until just combined. 
  • In a small bowl, combine vinegar and baking soda (it'll bubble!!) Add to batter until well combined. 
  • Spoon into mini-cupcake tins, about 2/3 full. 
  • Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire cookie sheet before frosting - makes about 75 mini cupcakes!
Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8 oz pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
5 1/2-6 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. gradually beat in one cup of powdered sugar at a time until it reaches a consistency you like.  Frost cupcakes and enjoy!!!

Here's my little sweet-pea helping bake!

The rest of our "Christmas in July" Tuesday was spent snuggling and watching Christmas movies.  Most of my favorite movies are Holiday ones - Christmas with the Kranks, Deck the Halls, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, The Family Stone, any of the Christmas Carol's....ah I could go on and on!  It was such a great day!!

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  1. Love the fact you love and celebrate Christmas in July Kate!! I love Christmas too!! Thanks for sharing

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