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Ingredients :

For the Cakes

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring (gel)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
3 tablespoons butter (softened to room temperature)
3 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

Method:

For the Cakes

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 cupcake wells with paper liners.
  • Sift together cake flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  • Using an electric beater combine oil and sugar until well-blended. Add egg and mix until combined.
  • Beat on a low speed, and add vanilla, then slowly add in the food coloring. Add the dye slowly and color according to your preference.
  • Add the flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches; scrape down the side of the bowl. Continue mixing until just combined, taking care not to over mix.
  • Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with the beater running. Beat for about 10 seconds.
  • Using a medium scoop (about 3 tablespoons), divide batter between the 12 wells, filling each well about 2/3 full of batter. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Using an electric beater, cream together cream cheese and butter until well combined.
  • With the beater on low, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar until thoroughly incorporated and smooth. Add vanilla and mix to combine.

To Assemble in Jars

  • Slice cupcakes horizontally to create layers. Each cupcake will yield 2-3 layers depending on how thick you want your layers to be.
  • Place one cupcake layer into the bottom of your jar, pipe a layer of cream cheese frosting directly onto the cake layer. Repeat the layering process until you reach the top of your jar. If desired, garnish with festive sprinkles or red velvet cake crumbs.
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