Taste & Create: Let Them Eat (Cup)Cake
I am sorry Tuesdays With Dorie. I kinda cheated on you this week. But it’s not you. It’s me. I needed something a little new and out of my comfort zone. You know how it goes, right? Aawww don’t look at me like that. You know I can’t stand the puppy dog eyes…
Taste and Create is a blog event that brings bloggers together randomly and the gist is that you kinda “get to know each other” by baking or cooking something from your partner’s blog. Personally I think it’s such a cool concept. I think you can learn so much about a person baking in their shoes. Isn’t that what makes food blogging so fun?
For my first T&C, I got paired up with Debbie from Let Them Eat Cake… And All Things Baked! and I knew we’d get along swell when I saw the cheesecake link on her sidebar. And it pretty much sealed the deal when I saw that it was a red velvet cheesecake. Of course I didn’t see the cheesecake recipe link on her blog until after I had baked my go-to cheesecake. Oops! But I baked her red velvet recipe so it’s all good right? Oh yeah and I made them into cupcakes. What can I say? Me and rules aren’t always on the same page.
Now I know you never see cupcakes on my little ol food blog. It’s not that I don’t like cupcakes. People that know me well know that it’s actually the contrary! I am a cupcake addict so I have a whole other blog dedicated to cupcakes but I figured as a little change of pace, I’d post my cupcake concoction here.
Thanks for inspiring me this month, Debbie!
Makes about 18 cupcakes
For red velvet cupcakes
1/2 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 ounces of red food coloring
2 (heaping) tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk
2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
Four 8-ounce boxes cream cheese, at room temperature (I used Neufatchel Cheese instead)
1-1/3 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1-1/3 cups sour cream or heavy cream (or combo of both) (I used all heavy cream)
cream cheese frosting (canned or favorite recipe)
To make red velvet cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.
In a stand mixer fitted with a flat beater, cream shortening, sugar and eggs until well combined. Add red food coloring to cocoa to create a paste. Add to shortening mixture. Add cake flour alternatively with buttermilk, starting and ending with dry cake flour. Then add salt and vanilla. Mix together the vinegar and baking soda and fold into your batter mixture.
Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 18-22 minutes until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely, then wrap each cupcake in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to assemble. (Chilling is easier for the assembly process.)
To make cheesecake—
In a stand mixer (or hand mixer), fitted with a paddle attachment beat the cream cheese at medium speed until it is soft, about 4 minutes. While mixer is till running, add the sugar and salt and continue to beat another 4 minutes or so, until the cream cheese is light. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one by one, beating for a full minute after each addition to produce a well aerated batter. Reduce the mixer speed to low and stir in the sour cream and/or heavy cream.
Put the foil-wrapped springform pan in the roaster pan.
Use a rubber spatula to make sure that nothing has been left unmixed at the bottom of the bowl. Pour the batter into the springform pan. Put the roasting pan with springform in the oven and pour enough boiling water into the roaster to come halfway up the sides of the springform pan.
Bake the cheesecake for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Turn off the oven’s heat and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon. Allow the cheesecake to luxuriate in its water bath for another hour.
After 1 hour, carefully pull the cheesecake out of the oven, lift the springform pan out of the roaster. (Warning: Be careful, there may be some hot water in the aluminum foil.) Remove the foil and let the cheesecake come to room temperature on a cooling rack.
When the cake is cool, chill the cake in refrigerator for at least 4 hours, although overnight would be better. Remove the sides of the springform.
To assemble cupcakes—
Remove cupcakes from freezer and discard plastic wrap and liner. Using a clean, sharp knife cut each cupcake in half. Set aside. Using a 2-1/2″ diameter cookie cutter, cut circles out of the cheesecake. (Depending on how thick you want the cheesecake section you might want to cut the circles in half horizontally.)
Frost each cupcake half with your favorite cream cheese frosting. (Think of this as the glue that holds everything together.) Place the cheesecake circle between the 2 cupcake halves and pipe more cream cheese frosting on top!
Husband rating: A+
He loves red velvet and Dorie’s cheesecake recipe so combining the 2 recipes was beyond phenomenal for him. He already requested I make them again for his birthday or any other holiday that I have to bake cupcakes. I think that means he liked it?
Wifey rating: A/A+
I liked this red velvet recipe but it’s not my favorite. I’ll probably stick with my go-to recipe next time. The combination of red velvet and cheesecake are AH-MAZING. Definitely will make again.