Buddy Valastro's (RED) Velvet Cupcakes
Good Cause Grub
This June marks the month during which AIDS was discovered 33 years ago, so (RED) is launching a two-week food campaign to raise money to fight the disease. From June 1 to June 10, the organization, founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006, is partnering with chefs across the country to raise money for the organization. Every time people order a (RED) item on the menu of a participating restaurant, a small donation from that restaurant will be made to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.
Below is Cake Boss Buddy Valastro's participating recipe for (RED) Velvet Cupcakes.
Position a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat to 350°F.
Put shortening, sugar, cocoa, food coloring, flour, salt, vanilla, baking soda and vinegar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can use a hand mixer if you allow the shortening to soften at room temperature before beginning.) Mix to combine, starting at low speed, then raise the speed to low-medium and mix for about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for 1 minute after each is absorbed into the mixture. Add the buttermilk in two portions, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl between additions.
Grease the cupcake pans with the butter, and flour them.
Divide the batter evenly between the pans, using a rubber spatula to scrape down the bowl and get as much batter as possible out.
Bake until the cupcakes begin to pull from the sides of the pans and are springy to the touch, 35-40 minutes.
Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour. The cupcakes should be at room temperature before you remove them from the pan.
Put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with sugar, and one at a time, turn the pans over and turn the cupcakes out onto the parchment; the sugar will keep them from sticking.
Refrigerate or freeze until ready to decorate with cream cheese frosting.