Friday, September 30, 2011

Red Velvet cupcakes

Spurred on by descriptions of long French lunches and dinners from the book I've been reading, I had a bit of a cooking frenzy yesterday afternoon. One of the things I made was the much-heard-about-but-never-tried red velvet cupcake.

After tasting, The Child and The Husband declared me baking genius. I, however, don't really get what the fuss is about, but cupcakes don't really get me excited in general. Here's the very easy recipe, should you be interested.

I feel a burst of pastry making upon me and am thinking lemon tarts, should we ever get through the cupcakes.

NB: The photo taken from Caffe Positano in the last post was snapped by The Child, who also happened to be the only one of us who managed to take a decent photo of the Eiffel Tower.

I've now finished reading A Family in Paris and mostly very much enjoyed it. If the publisher had labelled and marketed it as a memoir, the fact that the Paris stay was quite some time ago wouldn't have been a problem as someone's experiences aren't necessarily diminished by time. The problem was the expectation that the story was a recent one and then you quickly realise the young children you're reading about would actually be adults now, which is confirmed at the end of book.

I think the publishing company has done the author a bit of a disservice in this respect.


  1. How funny, my girl has just made these, but due to a lack of red food colouring we're having blue and yellow velvet! I wonder if it will affect the taste! Its the right weather for baking.

  2. I've been seeing these a lot around the internet.
    They sound wonderful!

  3. I'm a big fan of the red velvet (actually cupcakes in general) and yours do look spiffy! Reading or watching things about Paris always puts me in this mindset too and then I wonder why my jeans are a little tight...

  4. My oldest son will be 16 on Monday. He told me over a week ago that if I really loved him, I would make red velvet cupcakes for his birthday. Guess I'll be having a go at these tomorrow. :) Best wishes, Tammy

  5. I LOVE red velvet cupcakes! I haven't made any for the longest time. I think I will need to fix that!

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend, Stephie x

  6. Red velvet cupcakes must be in the air. I've had a request to make them for a certain someone's 10th birthday. Perhaps I can just show her the photo of yours. She would love the sparkling sprinkles.