These were actually made for a friend's birthday party last weekend. His favorite cupcake is the red velvet variety. I also knew I was going to Rock the Red Pump soon so I decided multi task my red post.
I have rarely time to plan posts this far ahead and was quite pleased with myself. Enough about me, here is the most important part of this post:
March 10th is National Women & Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The Red Pump Project raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. They use the red shoe as a symbol of empowerment to represent women affected directly and indirectly with HIV/AIDS.
Below are some key statistics about how HIV/AIDS affects us and those around us.
I wanted to so do something a little different to traditional red velvet cupcakes so I boozed up the buttercream to make these more festive for the birthday boy. I should have made a double batch (this recipe made 15) as I was barely out of the kitchen with the tray in my hand and in a flash there were three left. I had to stash one in the fridge for the birthday boy so he wouldn't miss out.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with
Vanilla Vodka Buttercream
For the Red Velvet Cupcakes:
I used a red velvet cake recipe found at Spinach Tiger. Oh em gee was this a fantastic recipe. Can't recommend it enough. I just put the batter in these stand alone baking liners and it worked perfectly. Also Angela has her own December AIDS initiative Cook Red To Remember. Check it out. Better yet, put it on your calendar to participate this year.
For the Vanilla Vodka Buttercream:
- 1 stick butter - room temperature
- 1/2 cup Vanilla flavored vodka(I used Absolute)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4-5 cups powdered sugar
- Place butter vodka, vanilla and two cups of the powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low until everything is combined.
- Add the rest of the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
- Load the frosting into a disposable pastry bag with the tip of your choice (I didn't use one for the cupcakes pictured) and frost the cupcakes.
- Optional - crumble some red velvet crumbs on top of the frosting for decoration.