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My Absolute Favorite Red Velvet Cupcakes (in a Jar)

I make a lot of recipes. Some need tweaking, some totally flop, and some are so good that they become instant favorites in my family. The recipe for these red velvet cupcakes (a.k.a., red velvet cake) is one of those go-to recipes. We can’t get enough. These red velvet cupcakes (in a jar) really are SO good. The red velvet (a.k.a., chocolate cake) in these cupcakes is moist and subtly sweet and the cream cheese frosting is decadent and the perfect addition to the red velvet cupcake.

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This amazing red velvet cupcake recipe is originally from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. And I should probably explain how we stumbled upon these ridiculously amazing red velvet cupcakes.  We went to London many moons ago and took a trip to one of my favorite markets along Portobello Road. We just kind of fell into Hummingbird Bakery while there. Actually, we waited in a line that bordered on not-worth-the-wait; but you know, the bigger the line, the more worth the wait it must be.  Besides, we were American tourists, and if the locals were lined up at this tiny little bakery (when the market is full of street vendors and pretty yummy quick food to go), we knew it had to be good. It wasn’t just good, it was amazing … like, hurt-your-face-it’s-so-rich-and-sweet-and-delicate amazing.

We bought two cupcakes, much to my husband’s dismay (he was definitely plotting to tackle at least a dozen or so), sat on a curb, and ate the sticky sweet cupcakes with our fingers. We had pigeons as an audience. And it was heaven. Clearly we weren’t the only ones who thought so; clusters of people were all sitting on the curb scarfing down on cupcakes, cookies, pie, all from that tiny little bakery … which probably made my husband wish we had picked out at least ten other desserts. Long story short, the trip came to an end way too fast and we never got that chance to swing by for a second trip to the bakery. But trust me, it’s on our list the second we find ourselves back in London.

Well hubby ended up hunting down The Hummingbird Bakery cookbook on Amazon, and to my front door it arrived! Years later and I’ve baked several awesome recipes from that cookbook. As for these red velvet cupcakes, I made minor alterations to the frosting, only because I like my cream cheese frosting with full cream cheese frosting impact, but other than that, I stayed very true to the very fabulous Hummingbird Bakery recipe.  A few secrets to these incredibly moist cupcakes: not too much cocoa (just the right amount!), buttermilk, and vinegar … plus the ever decadent classic cream cheese frosting. Like I said, these are the best.

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THE BEST RED VELVET CUPCAKES, EVER.

Makes 12 cupcakes or one sheet pan of cake.

INGREDIENTS

For the Cupcakes:

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 ounces butter, at room temperature
8 ounces (1 bar) cream cheese, at room temperature (Note:  The recipe calls for 4 ounces, but I’m a glutton!)
2½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

NOTE: If you decide to make your cupcakes “in a jar,” you’ll actually be baking a red velvet sheet cake in a rectangular baking pan, and then scooping out the finished cake to create your cupcake layers. Both cupcakes and cupcakes in a jar taste delicious!

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake pan with cupcake liners or spray a rectangular baking pan with baking spray. (I’m a big fan of coconut oil cooking spray; it’ doesn’t have any weird aftertaste and it’s made with 100% coconut oil.)

2. On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all of the batter gets color.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

5. Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar.* Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.

6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners or our all of the batter into a rectangular baking pan (if you’re making the cupcakes in a jar) and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean. (Be sure not to fill the cupcake liners with batter any more than 2/3 of the way up – these babies rise.)

7. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

8. To make the frosting: Using the whisk attachment, beat the powdered sugar and butter together.  Mix on slow-medium speed until it comes together, being careful to keep the powdered sugar in the mixing bowl.  Add the cream cheese all at once and continue mixing, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary. Do not over-beat as the frosting can quickly become runny.

Recipe Adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf

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I love that cupcakes in a jar can act as the perfect sweet little gift to give to family and friends. I mean, who wouldn’t want a cupcake in a jar on Valentine’s Day?

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We made these fun little sticker labels – “handmade with love” – to top each of the jars!

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You can find the adorable hand drawn wreath vectors on Curly Made to create your own labels.

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Psst … if you’re looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, why not try the prettiest marbled graham cracker toffee barkthe perfect sugar cookies for decorating (we used pink rock candy!), throw together a last-minute date night (from the comfort of your sofa!) or Galentine’s Day party, DIY the cutest mess-free craft with your little ones, make strawberry cheesecake macarons, big and fluffy homemade raspberry marshmallowsOreo macaronsnutella-chocolate covered strawberries, boozy strawberry slushies, or any one of these 14 favorite valentine’s day desserts?

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Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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Lexi

How to Make Big & Fluffy Raspberry Marshmallows

I’ve recently discovered that making homemade marshmallows is the coolest thing ever. There’s just something so magical about watching sugar whip up into marshmallow fluff. And just a couple hours later, the marshmallow sets into a giant squishy pillow. You can’t help but feeling like a kid in a candy shop. Tender, and oh-so much better than store-bought: Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows are where it’s at.

Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)

And as it turns out, homemade marshmallows are actually incredibly simple to make. They start with a simple base: gelatin, water, white sugar, and corn syrup. From there, you can customize to any flavor imaginable. Marble with chocolate and sprinkle crushed graham crackers – you’ve got yourself s’mores marshmallows. Or mix in rainbow sprinkles for a funfetti flavor?! Yes, please.

Today, we’re adding vanilla extract and freeze dried raspberries. The result: the most tender, soft & sweet raspberry clouds – an absolute must for Valentine’s Day. These big & fluffy homemade Raspberry Marshmallows have a tart bite with the underlying sweetness of vanilla – the combo is magical.

Psst … if you’re looking for other Valentine’s Day dessert ideas, why not try our strawberry cheesecake macarons, Oreo macarons, nutella-chocolate covered strawberries, or the best ever red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting?

Make these homemade raspberry marshmallow treats for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. (Made with love, of course!) One bite, and you’ll be together forever.

Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)

Big & Fluffy Raspberry Marshmallows

Yields 16 large marshmallows

INGREDIENTS

½ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1 cup hot water, divided
3 ½ envelopes powdered gelatin (unflavored)
2 cups white sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 package freeze-dried raspberries

Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix together the powdered sugar and cornstarch. Prepare an 8 by 8 inch pan by coating with coconut oil or nonstick spray, lining the bottom with parchment paper, and dusting the bottom and sides heavily with the cornstarch and powdered sugar mixture.

2. In a blender or food processor, pulse freeze-dried raspberries until they are a fine powder. Then, in the bowl of a stand mixer beat the egg whites until white & fluffy. Set them aside.

3. Clean out your stand mixer and pour in ½ cup of the hot water. On top, sprinkle with the 3 and ½ packs of powdered gelatin and mix until dissolved. Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes.

4. While the gelatin and water mixture sits, combine the white sugar, corn syrup, and remaining ½ cup of hot water in a heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once a candy thermometer reads exactly 240 degrees, remove from the heat.

5. Very carefully, stream the hot sugar mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer (over the gelatin), stirring on the lowest speed until the gelatin is dissolved and the mixture is homogenous. Once all of the hot sugar mixture is in the bowl, turn your mixer up to high speed and beat the marshmallow until it has become white, thick, and almost tripled in volume (about 6 minutes.)

6. Next, add in the whipped egg whites, vanilla extract, and half of the powdered freeze-dried raspberries. Continue whipping the marshmallow for another 5-6 minutes. Then, pour the marshmallow into your prepared 8 by 8 inch pan, smooth with a spatula, and dust the top with the remaining powdered freeze dried raspberries.

7. Once the marshmallow has firmed up (about 3 hours at room temperature), run a knife around the edges of the pan and invert onto a cutting board. Coat the knife with the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix, and slice the marshmallow into big cubes.

8. Lightly coat the sticky edges of each marshmallow cube with the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix. Store them in an airtight container for up to 1 week – (or pop ‘em in your mouth and enjoy immediately!)

How to Make Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows

 

You can also follow this step-by-step picture guide …

  • How to Make Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (in Pictures!)
    How to Make Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (in Pictures!)
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    After you have added in the whipped egg whites, vanilla extract, and half of the powdered freeze-dried raspberries, mix, mix, mix.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Continue whipping the marshmallow, with your raspberry powder, for another 5-6 minutes, so that everything is well-combined.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Pour the marshmallow into your prepared 8 by 8 inch pan.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Smooth with a spatula.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Dust the top with the remaining powdered freeze dried raspberries.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Once the marshmallow has firmed up (about 3 hours at room temperature), run a knife around the edges of the pan and invert onto a cutting board.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Coat the knife with the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix, and slice the marshmallow into big cubes.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Lightly coat the sticky edges of each marshmallow cube with the powdered sugar and cornstarch mix.
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
  • Big & Fluffy Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows (perfect for Valentine's Day!)
    Store them in an airtight container for up to 1 week (or pop ‘em in your mouth and enjoy immediately!)

Special thanks to Rachel of Sugar-Coated Inspiration for this amazing recipe! (Check out all of Rachel’s posts for Glitter, Inc., here.)

Recipe adapted via The Kitchy Kitchen


Lexi

Reign-Inspired Styled Photo Shoot

Anyone who has ever watched the CW show, Reign, has probably fallen deeply in love with the fashion seen on the period drama. A gorgeous blend of vintage and modern, and so many stunning jewels, the queen and her ladies are the epitome of chic. Reign costume-designer, Meredith Markworth-Pollack (who also is/was the costume-designer for Gossip Girl and Hart of Dixie), has said that although her “inspirations for Reign come mostly from history and fashion,” … [she] “knew from the beginning that [she would] have an easy time weaving in contemporary accessories.” The designer has notably reached to brands like Free People, Basil SodaDolce & Gabbana, Naeem Khan, and Oscar de la Renta, and Alexander McQueen again and again, and even shops regularly from Net-a-Porter, The Outnet, and BHLDN for the girl’s gowns. How’s that for a swoon-worthy costume lineup?

Naturally, when Angie of La Candella Weddings sent over this stunning Reign-inspired styled photo shoot, I knew I had to share. Better yet, all of the jewelry in the styled shoot is by Rabbitwood & Reason, whose Renaissance-infused jewelry has been worn by Queen Mary on the CW show!

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From Angie of La Candella Weddings: I have been in love with the TV show, Reign, ever since I first saw it. That whole era of French Renaissance has always fascinated me. And on top of that, I have been dying to do a photoshoot with a horse. So, when I was contacted by Rabbitwood & Reason, a fabulous jewelry designer whose pieces are Renaissance-inspired (a few of her pieces have actually been worn by Queen Mary on the actual show Reign!), I was all-in. I’ve worked with Sarah (the model) quite a few times now, and we’ve talked several times about doing a photoshoot with a horse. So, I took a drive up to Hinckley, Ohio and we shot this amazing bridal shoot near a dried-up creek bed.

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When planning the shoot, the designer and photographer were looking to create a bit of drama and otherworldliness.

The inspiration for the hair and makeup is equally lovely. From the designer: I [wanted] her makeup to reflect that she enjoys the outdoors, and her hair to look somewhat wild, in the fashion of the Pre Raphaelites — a loose style, that looks like she doesn’t care if every strand is in place. I love small braids or interesting twists — I often have at least one hidden braid in my own hair.

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And on the relationship between the model and horse, they wanted the images “to display a sense of equality between equine and human, instead of horse and master. There is a special kinship between a lady and her horse, and I’d love to have that shown rather than the model riding the horse with a bit, bridle and saddle in a more dominant role. I think this loose, wild approach could also lend an air of soft romance to the photo shoot, as well as remove specific historical date markers which might be picked up from the modern leather equipment.”

And of course, the costume designer behind the show, Reign does this so well – mixing old and modern seamlessly.

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And that red dress … how stunning is that red dress?

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Thank you to La Candella Weddings and Rabbitwood & Reason for the absolutely beautiful pictures. Such a perfect shoot.

Bridal Accessories: Rabbitwood & Reason | Dresses: Thrift-finds | Model: Sarah Matonis | Photographer: La Candella Weddings | Horse: Mykka, owned by Lori Sovey-Strah


Lexi

Red + White Lace Wedding Details

short lace wedding dress and red bridesmaids

I’ve always had this idea that red and white weddings were somehow Valentine’s-day themed, but this sweet-as-could-be Summer-time city hall elopement shoot proves that red works in every season.  The red lace bridesmaids’ dresses, the bride’s own brilliant pop of red lipstick, the gorgeous red, white, gold and pink tablescape – it’s all just so beautiful and unique.
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Lexi

Valentine’s Day Wedding Cake

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I adore everything about Valentine’s Day – the colors (red and pink, what’s not to love?), the desserts (candy, cakes, and cookies, oh my!), and the outpouring of unabashed love.  This cake will probably be the first of many Valentine’s-related Glitter Weddings posts, because I’m a total ham for the holiday.  Enjoy!

Via Ruffled // Photographer: Paperlily Photography // Event Designer: The Funky Shack // Bakery: Blooming Flour Bakery


Lexi