Of Mother’s Day and Red Velvet Day

Ok I know today is Mother’s Day to the whole community on this beautiful earth but as a mother, I don’t like it and I’ve told my kids no need to celebrate it for me. Yikes! the whole thing so commercial …. its all about encouraging people to spend unnecessarily.

PLEASE! If you love your mother, celebrate that love every single day and not just once a year. Want to surprise and buy her a gift? Go ahead … do it on her birthday or any other day …. do it randomly and it will bring her more pleasure and delight than expecting a certain day to arrive to celebrate a mother’s day.

To me …. the most delightful and thoughtful thing my children could give me is to ensure they grow up well … grow up to be kind and good people, grow up without getting themselves into trouble ….. by loving the family whole-heartedly and ready to serve the community willingly at all times.

Ok that’s enough about mother’s day …. 🙂

Right now, while I’m typing this, over at the living room, 3 trays of Red Velvet cupcakes are waiting to be decorated with butter icing 🙂

I’ve been invited to my nephew’s house for a family gathering …. it has been awhile since we all get-together so since I’ve been told I can bring food, I decided to bake the Red Velvet cupcakes. My kids, nieces and nephews simply love them.

The first time I made these, the colour was not red but rather dark pink …hehee… still it looks pretty. I even jokingly said to my niece, “here you go … Pink Velvet cupcake” …lols 😉

This time, I think the colouring is much better than the last …. just hope everyone enjoy eating them 🙂

Below is the recipe.

Ingredients :

280g cake flour (can also use plain flour)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

225g butter

400g sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

230g natural yogurt or sourcream

240 ml buttermilk (can make your own, use white milk and mix it with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, stir and leave it for about 10-15 mins before using it)

2 tbsp red colouring (recommended to use “Wilton no taste red”)

Icing :

1 cup milk

5 tbsp plain flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method :

– Heat oven to 180 degree Celsius.

– Sieve the cake flour and cocoa powder into a container, add in the baking soda and salt. Stir and mix thoroughly. Put in aside.

– In another container, use a mixer and beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

– Add the egg, one by one …. mix with the mixer thoroughly.

– Add the yogurt or sour cream, buttermilk, vanilla essence and colouring. Mix well.

– Then add in the flour and cocoa powder little by little and mix well.

– Next, pour the mixture 3/4 full into cupcake containers or muffin cups of your choice.

– Bake for about 15-18 min or till the cakes are cook.

– Take it out from the oven, let it cool before adding the icing and decorating it.

Icing:

– Cook the milk and plain flour over a small fire. Stir constantly till the mixture becomes thick. Off the fire and let it cool.

– Then, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla essence with the mixer till light and fluffy.

– Add them into the flour mixture and beat it till the icing become smooth and thick.

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