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Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 500 mls flour
  • 15 mls baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 20 mls cocoa powder
  • finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 4 large eggs
  • 375 mls castor sugar I used fructose
  • 5 mls red food colouring gel
  • 100 g butter
  • 190 mls water


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • sieve together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder
  • in a large bowl beat the eggs with an electric mixer
  • add the castor sugar gradually until the mixture becomes white and creamy
  • add the food colouring and mix in thoroughly
  • in a small saucepan heat the butter and the water until just about to boil
  • remove from the heat and fold into the egg mixture alternating with the flour mix
  • pour the mixture into cupcake cases and bake for 15 minutes
  • turn onto a cooling rack and only ice once completely cooled