Red Velvet Cupcakes

     2 1/2 c flour

     1/2 c cocoa powder

     1 tsp baking powder

     1/4 tsp salt

     1 tsp baking soda

     1 c butter

     2 c sugar

     5 eggs

     1 c buttermilk

     1 tsp vanilla

     1 tsp red gel/paste food coloring (liquid food coloring: 2 tbsp)

     frosting (buttercream, cooked cream or cream cheese)


Place 24 liners into muffin tins.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add 1/4 of dry ingredients to creamed mixture, then 1/4 of buttermilk, alternating until well mixed.  Stir in vanilla and food coloring.  Fill liners 1/2 full with batter.  Bake for 17 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

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