My favorite red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting recipe.  These red velvet cupcakes are light, have the trademark red color with a hint of chocolate flavor and a little tang from the buttermilk.  They are perfectly moist with the most delicious cream cheese frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with the best cream cheese frosting {Video Recipe}

When I was working on my home based baking venture The Pink CakeBox, these red velvet cupcakes were the most requested cupcake flavor and I always got a great feedback from whoever received them. Even after I stopped baking for orders, there are a few customers who still come and request these red velvet cupcakes.

I have made this recipe at least a 100 times, if not more and it has never failed me. I do a mix of oil and butter in the batter. The oil makes these red velvet cupcakes moist, and the butter gives that great butter flavor that just oil cakes lack.

The highlight of these cupcakes is of course the cream cheese frosting, which I have perfected over the years. Its not overtly sweet, perfect amount of tang from the cream cheese and frosts well too. The trick to not getting a runny frosting is to make sure you don’t beat the cream cheese too much. That is why I always beat the butter separately to make it light and fluffy first, before adding the slightly beaten cream cheese and then once the cream cheese is added only beat for another minute or so.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with the best cream cheese frosting {Video Recipe}

I know I have posted a recipe for red velvet cupcakes before but for the past couple of years I have been using this recipe, so thought will post the recipe here. Since, its Valentine’s Day on the 14th, I thought these would be perfect for you to make for your loved ones or just for yourself, because why not!

I also did a video for the cupcakes. My friend helped me shoot it and I then edited it. I am planning to do more videos for the blog. Hopefully, between client shoots, I do get time to work on the videos I have planned. Let me know what you think of this one.

If you do make these cupcakes, please make sure you tag me on instagram, facebook or leave a comment here. While the recipe yields 12 cupcakes, it easily doubles to make 24.

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe Video from Shumaila Chauhan on Vimeo.

Video: Anubhav Sood

Edit and recipe: MuddyChoux Photography

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Sometimes the simplest of meals are the most comforting. This whole wheat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes is one such meal. Packed with the goodness of whole wheat and the flavors of roasted garlic and tomatoes, this whole wheat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes makes a quick and simple weeknight meal.

Whole wheat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

It has again become cold in our part of the world, making it difficult to move out from the comfort of one’s bed and blanket. While I am glad I don’t have a 9 to 5 job and thus don’t have to wake up early in the morning to head out, there is a certain caveat associated with it. Without an external push, the lazy me ends up in bed without ever getting out.

To be fair (to me), last week was particularly hectic, with shoot days stretching to a 15 hour work day, so a little rest doesn’t hurt. Since I am between edits at the moment – just finished one shot’s edits and will be moving to the next in a while, I thought I will quickly post the recipe for this whole wheat spaghetti with roasted tomatoes.

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If you love asian salads, this chicken noodle salad with poached chicken, a spicy sesame oil dressing and noodles will become a favorite of yours.

This quick and easy chicken noodle salad with poached chicken, a spicy sesame oil dressing and noodles will become a favorite of yours.

I am trying my best to be more active on the blog. It had helped that work had been light the last couple of days, giving me enough time to spend in the kitchen to experiment or revisit old recipes on the blog and review/reshoot them. Last week besides experimenting with this asian chicken noodle salad recipe, I also revisited the flourless chocolate cake recipe from the blog archives and baked the white chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies to send to my brother and sis-in-law. I also made chocolate chip cookies and baked a barbie cake for my niece using the sponge cake recipe here and the filling frosting recipe from here. Yes, I was busy in the kitchen.

This week I was again traveling, so couldn’t experiment much but I did try a lot of new dishes and have a few things I would like to try in my kitchen. While working with other people’s food for client shoots has its own perks, I do love styling and shooting my own recipes. I also do enjoy the creative freedom I have, although I am lucky most of my clients trust me enough to give me a free reign.

This asian flavored chicken noodle salad with poached chicken, a spicy sesame oil dressing and noodles will become a favorite of yours.

I have been sharing pointers on styling and photography on my instagram stories. I have always found it helpful when other people post Behind the scenes and now that I have some sense of what works and what doesn’t (learning never stops), I thought its my time to share what I have learnt. If you are interested in knowing more about the photographs I shoot do follow me on instagram (@muddychoux).

This chicken noodle salad is adapted from a recipe on Gourmet Travelers app. I loved the sound of it, but I had to make a few adjustments since I didn’t have quite a few of the important ingredients called for in the recipe. Either way the chicken noodle salad came out delicious. I love the heating of the oil with the star anise- what a wonderful aroma it gave to the oil. Its something I am looking forward to trying more in my recipes.

If you try this recipe or any other recipe from the blog, please do tag me on your creations on instagram, facebook,  twitter or leave a comment here.

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