Sunday, November 16, 2014

Football games call for Dessert - Crimson Velvet vs Mississippi (State) Mud

For the Alabama game this weekend I made themed dessert! Crimson Velvet cupcakes and Mississippi (State) Mud! Red Velvet is one of my most requested flavors to bake for my friends- it is definitely a frequent repeat.  And lately I've really been wanting to make Mississippi Mud so what better reason than a football game that I can cleverly word the teams' names into my dessert!

Red Velvet
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp (1 oz.) liquid red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp distilled white vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
3. Combine cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt; whisk to blend.
4. With electric mixer, combine eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla, and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
5. Mix in dry ingredients on low and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
6. Divide batter evenly. Bake, rotating pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5-10 minutes then cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
5 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

Steps for Frosting
1. Combine cream cheese and butter with electric mixer. Beat on medium speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in vanilla extract. Gradually best in powdered sugar. Increase speed and beat until smooth.
2. If using an icing tip for the cupcakes, make 1.5 to 2x the original recipe above!

Mississippi Mud

1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs slightly beaten
1 1/2 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla
Miniature marshmallows

Ingredients for Chocolate Frosting
16 ounces powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup cocoa
4 tablespoons butter, softened
Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth!

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Melt butter and cocoa. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs - mix well.
3. Add flour, salt, pecans, vanilla and mix well.
4. Spoon batter into greased 13 x 9 pan and bake for 35-45 minutes.
5. Sprinkle Marshmallows on warm cake and cover with chocolate frosting.

Tear into the Mississippi (State) Mud and Celebrate with the Crimson Velvet!
If you frosting melts like this- add more powdered sugar.
Happy Baking!

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