Monday, February 13, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcake Pops or Red Velvet Cupcakes? ...and a Bake-Along Announcement

"Do you want to have a red velvet cupcake pop or a red velvet cupcake?"

Funny that my son gave me a blank stare when I asked him this question. I feel like reading a tongue twister whenever I ask this question.

Now...would you like to have this?
red velvet cupcake cake pops
or this?
red velvet cupcake

Actually both red velvet cupcakes are made using the same recipe from the book, The Hummingbird Cookbook by Tarek Malouf.  I've heard and read lots of great reviews of this recipe and was extremely keen to bake and taste these cupcakes. These cupcakes are indeed extremely fabulous! They are light and fluffy in texture, mild in sweetness and compliment very well with its sweet cream cheese frosting.

Apart from baking these Hummingbird red velvet cupcakes, there is another thing that I always want to do... To transform these cupcakes into cake pops! Am I a big fan of Bakerella? Absolutely!  I have a copy of her book and keep browsing it from time to time. I have been thinking and thinking a lot of making my own cake pops but wasn't brave enough to make an attempt. Now, here I am... presenting my very own little red velvet cake cupcake cake pops, proudly made all the way from scratch! LOL!

red velvet cupcake pops
I'm having a bite now! Yum!
These cupcakes and cake pops are made for our Bake-Along with my two baking buddies, Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. Thanks for this great baking opportunity. I never regret baking these red velvet cupcakes and making these red velvet cupcakes cake pops!

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We are doing a blog hop too for our next coming Bake-Alongs! Instead of 5 days, the blog hop link will be open for 7 days. 

For our Bake-Along No. 19, we are baking Sour Cream Lemon Poppy Seed cake which is to be posted on 28 Feb 2012. Our recipe for baking this cake is from the book, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum. To join: you can either bake this cake using the same recipe or any of your favourite Lemon Poppy Seed Cake recipe and blog hop with us. This blog hop will open on 28 Feb 2012 to 5 Mar 2012. For more Bake-Along blog hop details, please see this.

Here are the recipes of the Red Velvet Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes Cake Pops.
(with my slight modification and notes in blue)

Red Velvet Cupcakes from The Hummingbird Cookbook by Tarek Malouf

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Makes 12
caster sugar
60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g
1 egg
10g cocoa powder (I choose not to use Dutch processed - see my notes)
20ml red food colouring (I used 10ml Wilton one)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
120 buttermilk (I used milk)
150g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (I choose not to replace this with baking powder - see my notes)
1 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar (I used just white vinegar)

Preheat oven to 170°C.

Place butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Turn the mixer up to high speed and slowly add the egg and beat until everything is well incorporated.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, red colouring and vanilla extract to make a thick dark paste. Add to the butter mixture and mix thoroughly until evenly combined and coloured.

Turn the mixer to slow speed and slowly pour in half the buttermilk (or milk). Beat until well mixed, add half the flour, and beat everything is well incorporated. Repeat this process until all buttermilk (or milk) and flour have been added. Turn the mixer up to high speed and beat until mixture turn smooth and evenly mixed. Turn mixer to low speed and add salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Beat until well mixed, then turn up the speed again and beat for a couple more min.

Spoon the mixture into paper cases until 2/3 full and bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 min or until sponge bounces back when touched. Leave cupcakes cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the cream cheese frosting on top.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Amount to frost 12 cupcakes:
300g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature (replace with extra light cream cheese)
125g cream cheese, cold

Beat the icing sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until mixture is well mixed. (As I've replaced the butter with extra cream cheese, I've skipped this step). Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium high speed and continue beating until frosting is light and fluffy. Do not over beat as it can quickly become runny.

Note:

I made 11 cupcakes with this recipe but half the amount of frosting to ice 6 cupcakes. For the cupcakes frosting, I've used the extra light cream cheese to make the frosting. For the cake pops, I've made the frosting using 1/4 of the frosting recipe and used the normal cream cheese instead. Both frosting were chilled for at least 30 min before use.

For the cupcakes: I've piped the frosting onto cupcakes and decorated them with a couple of heart sprinkles. Please note that the lighter version of frosting will be runny and there will no be any defined piping design on the cupcakes and yet the frosting can stay on its position quite well.

Normal cocoa  powder (the non-Dutch processed ones) is usually slightly acidic and lighter in its colour. For this reason, I would prefer to use the non-Dutch-processed one for its slightly acidic pH to ensure the pH balance of the cake batter and its lighter colour to achieve more redness in colour of the cake batter.

My family and I dislike the after-taste of bicarbonate of soda in all our cakes and cookies. However, I would prefer not to replace bicarbonate of soda with baking powder in this bake as I reckon the soda being alkaline is very essential to react with the acid from vinegar to create a light and velvety texture. In fact, I reckon the cake chemistry works quite well for this recipe and there wasn't much soda after-taste in my cupcakes.


Red Velvet Cupcakes Cake Pops

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There are basic instructions found in Bakerella website for cake pops making, but I reckon that the instructions of making cake pops can vary quite a bit based on case-to-case basis and this is how I made my cake pops from my red velvet cupcakes...

Make 7 cake pops
3 plain red velvet cupcakes
Cream cheese frosting (1/4 quantity of the above recipe)
Wilton red candy melt
Wilton white candy melts
Vegetable oil (Canola oil)
Lollipop sticks
Mini red M & M
Hundreds and Thousands
Flower-shape cookie cutter

After cupcakes are cooled completely, crumble them into a bowl.

Start by adding 1-2 tbsp cream cheese frosting into the cake crumble and mix thoroughly. Add more bit by bit while mixing and stop adding when the mixture form a workable dough texture. (I had about less than 2-3 tbsp frosting left when the cake dough was formed.)

Roll each tablespoonful of mixture into balls. Shape their "bottoms" with the flower-shape cookie cutter and and lay their top side on the tray or plates.

Chill for 1 hr or more.

Melt both candy melt separately in microwave according to the directions on the package. Add vegetable oil into each melted candy melt until a smooth consistency is achieved.

Dip the "bottoms" of the cake balls onto the red candy melt and place their top sides on tray or plates. Being the red candy melt set, coat about 1-2 cm of the lollipop stick with red candy melt and insert the coated part of the lollipop stick into the cake balls. Allow the red candy melt to set. With the lollipop sticks, these cake balls are officially cake pops now.

Holding the lollipop stick, coat the top of the cake balls into the white candy melt. Place the cake pop on a supporting cup or Styrofoam and sprinkle their top with a small pinch of Hundreds and Thousands and not forgetting the final touch of placing a mini M & M on the top middle of the cake pops. Allow the white candy melt to set and they will be all ready to eat!

Happy Baking and Happy Valentine's Day

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What? Blog Hop again? I hope that you are not confused! There are TWO BLOG HOP events organised by me!

One is Bake-Along which is co-hosted by Lena, from Frozen wings and Joyce from Kitchen Flavours. Another is my blog hop event, Cook like a Star starting on on 1st Mar 2012.

We are doing the Bake-Along blog hops twice a month and the linky code is open for 7 days. Cook like a Star blog hop is a monthly on-going event and theme changes on the first day of the month.

For March, the first celebrity chef that I've chosen for the month is Donna Hay! To join, all you have to do is to cook or bake any of Donna Hay's recipes. Her recipes can be from her cookbooks, magazines and websites and simply do a blog hop with me on the whole month of March 2012. For more details, please see this.

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40 comments:

  1. These are so pretty, especially those with the heartshaped sprinkle! Melt my heart they did...Happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. Zoe love these especially the pops, look amazing:)

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  3. The cake pops for sure! He would really like it more if the color's blue hahaha Both looks fantastic !

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  4. your cake pops would make such a nice and lovely gift to friends and colleagues too! i like the colour of your cream cheese frosting, maybe i can try omitting the butter in future.

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  5. Awww ..... the cake pops are so cute! So perfect for Valentine's. Anyone would fall in love with that.

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  6. I wanna have both! The pops are so cute! I have always wanted to make cake pops too, maybe in the near future! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your family!

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  7. Hmmmm....lovely lovely cake pops! Perfect for tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day to you. Hope you're going to have a great week ahead.
    Kristy

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  8. The cake pops look perfect! I'm a huge fan of Bakerella too! Happy Valentine's Day! Take care!

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  9. I love these pops and red velvet cupcakes! for a moment I thought you used white chocolate (which I can't use because of the sugar) but I see now it's chesse: great solution! I prefer a cheese than a butter frosting (less calories, more flavour)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Beatiful photos! ;-D

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  10. These pops and cupcake are so cute!!!
    xx

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  11. Beautiful cupcake pops! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. the cake pops look lovely, perfect for the Valentine's Day!

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  13. The cake pops looks really cute, mini cupcake on a stick, cute!

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  14. The pops are perfect not for kids only but for us too! I would love to have couple of these as a dessert!

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  15. Such cute and delicious little treats for Valentine's Day!! especially love the cake pops:)

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  16. Hi Zoe! Both of these look delicious that I would have a hard time choosing between the two. I think my kids would adore the cake pops as they are such a fun way to eat a cupcake.

    Your cake pops honestly look fake they are so perfect looking. Great job on this!

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  17. Very tempting n colorful..perfect for valentine!!

    Erivum Puliyum

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  18. Delicious! Whether it cake pops or cupcakes, I wouldn't say no as long as it's red velvet!

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  19. Both of these treats look absolutely wonderful. I would happily eat either! Or both... ;-)

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  20. love cake pops! love the colour! yummy!

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  21. I think that this flavor will be a popular one for years to come. There has been many a baking prize for red velvet creations! I can see why it was hard to choose for your son. I would have to have one of each-because I am sure that both were delicious. Great photos here-yum!

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  22. Both the cake pops and cupcakes look delicious, I wouldn't know how to pick between the two.

    Thank you for following my blog, I now follow you as well :-)

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  23. Both versions are irresistible!Well done,dear!Kisses!

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  24. Great idea turned this into cake pops! Look so cute.

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  25. Hi Zoe, your red velvet cake pop and cuppies looks delicious. Like you cake pop decoration. Happy valentine day.

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  26. I can't decide which looks better so I'll have both please:D I would love this blog hopping concept very much, but I somehow always didn't make it on time to join in lol!

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  27. What a lovely blog! I would eat either no complaints here! Red velvet is definatly a fav! Have a fab Valentines Day! You have a new follower!

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  28. Lucky kids; you come up with the nicest treats. Love these Zoe.
    Rita

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  29. Oh Zoe, I like them both...they are so cute and perfect for the occasion.
    Happy Valentine's Day :)

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  30. Dear Zoe, Perfect treats for the Valentine's Day! Have a beautiful and blessed day my friend, Catherine xo

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  31. I bet your son was thrilled with BOTH! I sure would be!! SO yummy~

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  32. Love your blog!!! I am so happy I found you. These are so pretty and perfect for the holiday. Happy Valentine's Day!!! from your newest follower

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  33. Lovely, just lovely!! Must try the cake pops, thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Both look good! But I'd prefer the cake to the Investment talk.

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  35. Love both of these! I really must try making these absolutely adorable cake pops soon. Definitely needs to be red velvet, too!

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  36. oh my gosh YUM! i always feel guilty eating cake pops, although i love them so, so much, because i felt like they have extra frosting mixed in. but it's not really extra, is it? it's just taknig what would have gone on top and mixing it in instead! Problem solved. i will now eat all the cake pops.

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  37. Thanks for sharing the recipes, I always want to make red velvet cake and cake pops. I couldn't find any lollypop sticks at the craft shop and I know where to get them now!

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  38. your cupcake and cake pop look very cheerful and yummy. I guess, red velvet will top the charts for favorite valentine sweets.

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  39. I love Love red velvet cake...your cake pops look fun! I want to
    make some.

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  40. Hai Zoe, your cake pops and red velvet cupcakes are so lovely.
    Would like to try them someday...^^

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