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Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes

Updated on January 20, 2013

Bite Me! Indulge your Twilight Passion with Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to making Twilight bites, devilish Twilight red velvet cupcakes are one of the most popular choices.

And it's not hard to see why. Velvety blood-red cake, topped with creamy frosting and a drizzle of blood-red icing or sauce... just perfect!

But how to make these sumptuous delights? This lens shows you how to make red velvet cupcakes, collects together the best red velvet recipes, and showcases the best Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes recipes on the web!

And that's not all - read on for tons of ideas on how to top your Twilight red velvets with a plethora of cool toppings and topper ideas!

So come on now, hear those cupcakes calling. You know you want to... bite me!

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Copyright Seelensturm

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

A Twist on the Southern Red Velvet Cake!

There are lots of red velvet cake recipes. But we want to turn this cake mix into cupcakes! So here is a basic recipe to start you off:

* 1/3 cup cocoa

* 3 tablespoons red food coloring

* 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup butter, softened

* 1 1/2 cups sugar

* 4 egg yolks

* 1 cup buttermilk

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1 teaspoon white vinegar

Frontier Vanilla Extract

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Saco Buttermilk

Blend, 16-Ounce Canister

(Pack of 3)

Durkee Red Food Color, 16-Ounce Containers

(Pack of 3)

1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ Gas Mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Brush the top of the tray with vegetable oil for easy release after baking

2. Mix the cocoa, food coloring, and vanilla together in a small bowl and set aside

3. Beat the sugar and butter together using a mixer or hand mixer set on medium-high speed. Add the egg yolks and beat for another minute. Beat in the cocoa mixture to combine

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4. Stir together the buttermilk and salt and add 1/3, before adding 1/3 of the flour. Alternate until all is mixed in

5. Mix the baking soda and vinegar together and blend into the batter. The acid from the vinegar and buttermilk reacts with the cocoa to make the red color really pop!

6. Fill each cupcake tin with 3 tablespoons batter, or use an ice-cream scoop as per the video below. Bake for approx 15-20 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted in the cupcake center comes out clean

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7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack and allowing to cool completely before frosting

For simple yet stunning Twilight cupcakes, top with cream cheese frosting and trickle red sauce over the top for a blood red delight!

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Watch How to Make Red Velvet Cupcakes Video - Make 3 Dozen Red Velvet Cupcakes with Epicurious.com

This is a great video and really helped when I made my first ever batch of red velvet cupcakes. It has lots of great tips, such as adding the sugar to the butter bit by bit so that the cupcakes turn out lighter.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Copyright Emmyboop

Twilight Toppings for Red Velvet Cupcakes

The classic topping for red velvet cake is cream cheese frosting. It's up to you how you want to experiment with frosting for your Twilight cupcakes - you might want the classic peaked whirl of icing, or prefer something flatter so you can put a Twilight image on top. Experiment with flavor too - what tastes do YOU think sum up the Twilight Saga?

EASY CREAM CHEESE FROSTING RECIPE

* 1 cup cream cheese, softened

* 1 and 1/2 tbsp butter, softened, not melted

* 1 tsp vanilla essence

* 1/3 cup icing sugar

Cream the butter and the cream cheese, and whisk until the mixture is creamy smooth. Add the icing sugar and vanilla essence and whisk again well. It's as easy as that! Always allow your cupcakes to cool completely before adding or piping on the frosting.

CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the final mixture and whisk

Or for extra indulgence, add a Chocolate Ganache mixture!

CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add 1/2 a cup of thick caramel ice-cream topping and whisk

LEMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add a tablespoon of lemon juice along with a little lemon rind and whisk

ORANGE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add a tablespoon of orange essence and orange rind and whisk

COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add 1/8 to 1/4 tsp of coconut extract depending on how strong you want the flavor and 1 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut, and whisk

MANGO CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Add 1/4 cup mango puree to the mixture and whisk

ALTERNATIVE TOPPING: SILKY WHITE OR DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING

FOR DARK CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

* 1 cup milk

* 3 tablespoons flour

* 1/8 teaspoon salt

* 8 ounces of 62 percent dark chocolate

* 1 cup butter

* 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

* 2 tablespoons cocoa

* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE TOPPING:

* 1 cup milk

* 3 tablespoons flour

* 1/8 teaspoon salt

* 8 ounces of white chocolate

* 1 cup butter

* 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

* Whisk the milk, flour, and salt over medium heat until the mix thickens and starts bubbling. Transfer to a small bowl and cool

* Melt the chocolate and set aside to cool

* Beat the butter, sugar, and, if making dark chocolate topping, the cocoa together until fluffy. Beat in the cooled chocolate then add the milk mixture and, if making the dark chocolate, vanilla extract, beating until fluffy and smooth

MORE ALTERNATIVE TOPPING IDEAS

* Buttercream * Vanilla Buttercream * Fondant * Cream * Chocolate Ganache * Butter Roux (cooked flour frosting)

Twilight Red Velvet Cake VS Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes!

Are you on Team Cake or Team Cupcake? Vote here!

Twilight Red Velvet - Best as a cake or a cupcake?

Twilight Red Velvet Cake - give me something to sink my teeth into!

Twilight Red Velvet Cake - give me something to sink my teeth into!

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you so much for all the great Twilight party ideas. i'm going to use them when i have my Breaking Dawn party for part 2 before it comes out where i'll give away Breaking Dawn Tickets. it's going to be so much fun i can't wait!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      These cupcakes are awesome! As a lover of red velvet cake though I would have to go for a whole cake! :-)

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      cupcakes! :o)

    Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes - mini, portable, and perfect for those who can't decide on just one topping!

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      • Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

        Cupcake!

      • anonymous 7 years ago

        Cupcakes cos you can enjoy biting into lots of edwards lol!

      • BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

        Twilight Bites have to be in a cupcake. :D Yum

      • Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

        Cakes can look very impressive, but I love playing with different topping ideas, and would rather make a big batch of red velvet cupcakes so I can experiment with different frostings and decorations!

      Best Twilight Red Velvet Cupcake Recipes

      There are some great Twilight red velvet cupcake recipes online. The first is by Not Quite Nigella, and the second comes from the Unofficial Twilight Cupcake Book, which is completely FREE to read and download!

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      Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Copyright Kendall's Entertaining Life

      Twilight Cupcake Toppers for Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes!

      If you have held or attended a Twilight party, or seen one on the web, then you will appreciate how much detail Twifans can go into when it comes to decorating anything to do with Twilight!

      The easiest way to decorate your Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes is with a Twilight cupcake topper. These are edible art images and come in all shapes and sizes. There are lots to choose from and are readily available on eBay (see below).

      Top with Edward and Jacob with little signs saying "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob" for an all-out food fight! Or go for romance with toppers featuring Edward and Bella together, Alternatively go for quote toppers with such quotes as "Bite me!" or "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb", or opt for stunningly simple with toppers of the book covers. A small round topper featuring the hands holding the red apple look amazing.

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      Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, Copyright Clevercupcakes

      Decorating your Twilight Red Velvet Cupcakes!

      You can also opt to make your own form of topper for your cupcakes. Create fondant designs, or use sauce, sprinkles or edible glitter! Here are some ideas:

      * Roses for Bella (see picture)

      * Gerbera Daisies (in honor of Bella's birthday cake in New Moon!)

      * Edible glitter to represent vampire sparkle (go for ice cool silver on top of a white chocolate or cream cheese frosting!)

      * Strawberry or raspberry sauce (trickling through the frosting to represent blood)

      * Fondant wolf

      * Fondant lions and lambs

      * E&B initials

      * Iced writing with short quotes such as "Bite Me!" or Team Edward and Team Jacob

      * Fondant red apple

      * Fondant tulip petals

      * Red edible sprinkles

      * Black and white chessboard fondant

      Twilight Cupcakes and Beyond!

      Love At First Bite:

      The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook

      Mix Up Twilight Cupcakes in a Flash! - Red Velvet Devil - A Must Have in the Kitchen

      Make baking and cake-mixing less of a chore with this invaluable kitchen gadget! Of course, it does so much more than cakes, but if you are serious about making cakes and cupcakes then this baby is pure genius. And this model even comes in stunning Twilight red... what more could a Twilight baking extraordinaire want?

      KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red
      KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

      KitchenAid's Artisan stand mixer is a substantial piece of equipment: 325 watts of mixing power make child's play of creaming butter, kneading dough, and whipping cream. The kid in you will appreciate how quick and easy it is to mix up a batch of cookie dough. This model comes with three attachments: a flat beater for making batter, meat loaf, and all textures in-between; a wire whip for egg whites, mayonnaise, and more air-infused creations; and a hook for mixing and kneading yeast doughs. All three are solidly constructed and easily secured to the beater shaft with a simple twist. This model also includes a pouring shield for guiding ingredients to their proper destination, and the bowl itself locks tight to the base. Standing about 15 inches high, jutting out a foot, and weighing more than a grown woman's bowling ball, this stand mixer isn't the sort of appliance you'll wipe down and put away. Better to find a square foot of free counter space for easy access; besides, this machine is as pretty as it is rugged--you'll want to show it off.

       

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          Robz007 4 years ago

          Awesome lens

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          thank you so much for all the great Twilight party ideas. i'm going to use them when i have my Breaking Dawn party for part 2 before it comes out where i'll give away Breaking Dawn Tickets. it's going to be so much fun i can't wait!

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          Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

          Great lens! Of course, I feel silly typing "uberlust" as my security word as I bless your lens. I really want these cupcakes, but uberlust is a bit of an overstatement. Squid Angel Thumbs Up!

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          WhiteOak50 7 years ago

          Yummy!! I make a Red Velvet Cake but it is a denser cake. Love this lens fantastic job!!

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          kidspartythemes 7 years ago

          These look delicious! Will have to try making these for sure. Vamptastic!

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          BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

          How fun are these Twilight cupcakes? Thanks for the great recipes and decorating ideas. 5 stars and lensrolled to my Twilight Eclipse Lenses and Easy Turtle Cupcakes. Thanks again.

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          These cupcakes are so dreamy, I def wanna make some for my Twilight party!

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

          Awesome!!! I would definitely like to bite into these cupcakes! I think they would be a lot of fun to make and eat. Thank you for sharing the recipes

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Great lens and great ideas for cupcake toppings! Yummy! :o)

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          Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          Your red velvet cupcakes look great and I'm sure are equally delicious. Yum! Squid Angel Blessing to you :)

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          Wendy Henderson 7 years ago from PA

          Great Job on this lens! Love it!

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          Robin S 7 years ago from USA

          Fabulous lens. I can see these cupcakes becoming VERY popular! Blessings.