4th of July Red Velvet Cupcakes


Happy 4th of July to all!  Earlier this week, I was trying to come up with a dessert to bring to a friend’s evening party for tonight.  If you recall, earlier this week, I made a Red, White and Blue Vanilla Wafer Ice Box Cake.  It was really yummy, but I wanted something I could make that would be easier to serve to a larger crowd.  I decided I would make Red Velvet Cupcakes to be festive.  I just tried one, and they are so good!

I started with Ina Garten’s Red Velvet cupcake recipe, with changing only a couple things.  I added a bit more vanilla extract (I used 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla) and I added a little more kosher salt (I added 1-1/2 teaspoons versus, 1 teaspoon).  For no other reason than I like a little extra salt in my baked goods and I really love vanilla.

For my frosting, I whipped up 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream with 3/4 cup of sugar, 4 ounces of mascarpone and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until stiff peaks were formed.  I frosted the cupcakes and sprinkled them with red and blue sugar for a 4th of July festive look.


Happy 4th of July to all.  Remember to be safe out there today!

Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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