Kardea decorates red velvet cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting to look like mini footballs! Nobody will be able to put these down on game day (or any day)! ❤️🏈
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Kardea Brown shares down-home, Southern recipes from her South Carolina kitchen. The cook and caterer was born and raised on the sea islands of Charleston, the heart of all Southern cooking, and learned to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen. These days, she takes generations of family recipes and makes them her own as she cooks for family and friends at her Sea Island home.

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 25 min (includes cooling time)
Active: 30 min
Yield: 24 cupcakes



2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 drop red food coloring
Pinch of kosher salt


Special equipment: a piping bag and small round tip; optional

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the granulated sugar, oil and eggs until completely combined and fluffy. Stir in the food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, alternating in batches with the buttermilk, until completely combined.

Scoop the batter into the liners, filling them about two-thirds of the way full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Set on a wire baking rack to cool completely.

For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy and combined, about 2 minutes. Slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until combined. Remove 1/2 cup of frosting to a piping bag with a small round tip or a ziptop bag. Add the cocoa powder, melted chocolate, vanilla, food coloring and salt to the remaining frosting and beat until completely combined.

Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread the chocolate frosting onto the cupcakes in an even layer, as flat as possible. Next, use the white frosting to pipe stitching onto each cupcake, one 2-inch line with 3 small cross-stitches. Serve on a green platter (for grass)!
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Kardea Brown’s Red Velvet Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting | Delicious Miss Brown