We did the taste test of all taste tests yesterday. I made Red Velvet cupcakes twice, once with beets for the red color and once with the red dye. I used the same recipe both times, with the exception of the beets vs. the dye.
I was “rooting” for the beets. Get it? Rooting?
The beet option was not better. It was awful. I had made red velvet cake with both items before but never at the same time, with the same recipe. The beets made the chocolate more brown but it was drier. The red food dye did what it was supposed to do. For both of the recipes I adapted the Red Velvet Cake recipe in the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. So, much as I want to say that natural is better… I can’t. If you want red velvet cake, and you want it to be red and good..you are going to need to do the old fashioned thing and go with dye.
Now, the rest of it…imagine biting into rich red velvet cupcake and finding orange cheesecake. The combination of chocolate and orange is fantastic anyway, and the tangy citrus and cream cheese cuts the sweetness of the cream cheese frosting and red velvet cake perfectly. I loved these. My family loved these. You are going to love these!
Be careful not to overbake. You want the cheesecake to remain creamy…and it will cook for a little bit as it cools.
I usually use silicone baking cups, but since I was doing a double batch I didn’t have enough. I used paper ones…but I turned the water off when I brushed my teeth and I didn’t rinse…so it evens out.
The list of directions looks long, but it is really quick and easy. These are so awesome and they take no more time than a regular cupcake. Yum!