Tearoom Treats from the Kelvin Hall Cauldron: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Glasgow Museums are continuing with the eyeball theme this week in Recipes from the Kelvin Hall Cauldron!

This week we’re bringing you slimy red velvet eyeball cupcakes!

You will need:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 1¼ tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g unsalted butter softened
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red food colouring paste
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 90ml buttermilk
  • ¼ tsp cider vinegar

Preheat your oven to 170°C (150°C fan) and line a bun tin with cupcake cases.

Sieve the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb into a bowl and stir to combine. In a separate bowl beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy then add the food colouring and vanilla extract. Alternate spoonfuls of dry ingredients and egg into the red mixture, beating continuously to combine. Lastly, beat in the buttermilk and cider vinegar.

Divide the mixture between your cupcake cases, filling them about halfway full. Depending on the size of your cases, you will make between 6 and 12 cupcakes. Pop into the oven for about 20 minutes, less if you have smaller cupcakes.

Once fully cooled, mix 3 or 4 spoonfuls of icing sugar with a little boiled water from the kettle and some green food colouring. Hollow out a 1cm diameter hole in each of the cakes using a cocktail stick or skewer and fill the hole with the icing.

Red velvet cake usually has a cream cheese frosting which you can make with:

  • 250g icing sugar
  • 65g cream cheese
  • 65g unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ tsp lemon juice

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix together, add some food colouring to give it a Halloween twist and then spread on top of the cupcakes. Next, we rolled out some ready made fondant, cut it into circles, popped it on top of the frosting and painted on some eyeballs with food colouring. But you can decorate them however you like if you have Halloween cutters you can use, or try painting your own spooky design!

These cakes look so gruesome when you bite into them and see the red sponge with the slimy green icing oozing out!

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