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Recipe: True Blood Cupcakes

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It just doesn’t feel like summer until True Blood comes on. It is, and always has been, my guiltiest guilty pleasure. After watching the Season 6 premiere last Sunday night I found myself wondering if I could mix food guilt with TV guilt. The answer was yes– guess what I’m eating this Sunday at 9?

True Blood inspired Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yield: Makes one dozen cupcakes

Ingredients 

For the cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted

2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sugar

3/4  cup vegetable oil

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon red gel-paste food color or as much liquid food coloring as it takes (it could take half a bottle though)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

 

For the frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature

Approx. 2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest of one lemon

 

For the topping

1 cup fresh berries of your choice (I did a mix of raspberries and blackberries to get a more realistic look, but any berries will be wonderful)

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of corn starch

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Directions

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your muffin tin with paper liners. Measure out and whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl until uniform in color
  2. Whisk together sugar, oil, and egg until well combined then mix in vanilla and food coloring until uniform in color
  3. Add dry mixture in 2-3 batches to the wet mixture, alternating with buttermilk, and whisk well after each addition.
  4. Stir together the baking soda and vinegar (yes it will foam, no it will not second-grade-paper-mache-volcano explode) and add the mixture to the batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, filling each cup about three-quarters of the way full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

 

For the frosting:

  1. In a large bowl with a rubber spatula, gradually soften the cream cheese. Add the butter and beat until smooth, add the lemon zest and vanilla and stir until evenly distributed.
  2. Sift in confectioners sugar, beat until completely smooth.

 

For the topping:

  1. Put the berries in a pan with sugar and lemon juice, cook over medium heat and break down some berries with the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. Make a slurry with corn starch and water, make sure it’s completely smooth, and add to the berries.
  3. Cook until the mixture bubbles, then pour into a container and let cool completely.

 

To assemble:

  1. Using an offset spatula, frost your cupcake making a slight well in the top.
  2. Spoon on berry sauce and enjoy!

Author: Unique Geek

Actor, Blogger, Crafter

5 thoughts on “Recipe: True Blood Cupcakes

  1. I don’t watch True Blood but this looks like something I might make lol.

  2. This looks absolutely amazing! I absolutely love cupcakes and True blood

  3. The photo was excellent and non-fattening.

  4. Look amazing!!! I can not wait to try!!!

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