If you’re a fan of cake pops, then you won’t want to miss this week’s video for quick and easy no-bake cookie pops made with just three ingredients. Skip preheating the oven and grab your food processor for a birthday cake-shaped treat, candle included!
I have a thing for chicken wings. And while I’m not one to shy away from deep frying (See: Easy Homemade Churros), there is a time and a place to bring the oil to a boil. Super Bowl Sunday is not that time, nor that place.
I don’t want to be forced to man a fiery, bubbling cauldron when there are game-winning touchdowns and Super Bowl commercials at stake. Who wants to risk missing a minute of the Clydesdales in their prime?
When it comes to red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, three things are certain:
The only reason anyone eats red velvet cupcakes is for the cream cheese frosting.
Cream cheese frosting can, in and of itself, be a meal. (See Exhibit A.)
Tiny slathers of frosting are out. Luscious swirls are in.
Number 3 is perhaps of the most importance, as I’ve recently been on a mission to discover a cream cheese frosting with enough body to hold its piped shape way longer than it takes to polish off a dozen or two of these red velvet beauties. Today, I’m happy to report that my mission went from impossible to accomplished. So what’s the secret?
Kick the butter to the curb and stock up on heavy cream.
After much research and several test batches, I came across Joy of Cooking‘s tutorial for a cream cheese frosting that can be easily piped into swirls, flowers, stars and more. I gave the recipe a spin, adjusted a few elements and voilà! A sturdy, yet fluffy cream cheese frosting that pipes like a dream.
To pipe the frosting above, I used an Ateco #828 star-shaped pastry tip. And despite all of the fawning over the frosting, I’d be remiss not to draw your attention to the extra-moist red velvet cupcake that sits below the swirl. Read on for my tips on how to achieve this rich red velvet color without using an entire bottle of food coloring or a whole bag of beets.