I am search for that perfect Red Velvet cupcake! These cupcakes were just okay. Mine actually came out a little too "spongy". I am a pretty advanced baker so I know how to follow a recipe. This recipe doesn't not tell you when to add vinegar, so add with wet ingredients. It also repeats the step of the food coloring with the cocoa at 2 different points in the recipe, so you not sure if you added in correct place.
This was my first attempt at red velvet cupcakes/cake and they turned out nicely. I made 6 cupcakes for an after dinner dessert and they hit the spot. The cupcakes could have been a little more moist, but I also filled them to the top to make completely full cupcakes so they had to cook a little longer. Made for 2012 Spring PAC.
The frosting is yummy and not that difficult to make...just takes a bit of time. The cupcakes are alright, I found them a bit dry and spongy...maybe I'm just not a red velvet cake lover. Will make the frosting again...but would rather make any of my other great cupcake recipes over this one. I would give the frosting 5 stars and the cupcakes a 3, therefore the recipe gets a 4.
These were really good cupcakes. The icing is unusual and requires a bit more effort than other icings. I liked the cupcakes better after refrigeration, which allowed the icing to "set."