Thursday 14 April 2016


Reader Ciara shares her recipe for yummy red velvet cupcakes... they look amazing!!! Heading for the kitchen right now...

Ciara says:

You will need:

1/2 cup of butter
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
2 free range eggs
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 1/2 oz red food colouring
1 teaspoonful salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoonful vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoonful baking soda mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar (use a large bowl and be careful as the mixture will foam!)


- Heat oven to 180c (350f) or gas mark 4.
- Line muffin tins with paper or silicon cupcake cases.
- Cream butter and add sugar gradually, beating in.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well.
- Make a paste of cocoa and food colouring; add to creamed mixture.
- Add salt, flour and vanilla alternately with buttermilk, beating well.
- Pour baking soda/ vinegar mixture over batter and stir thoroughly to mix.
- Divide batter amongst paper cases in muffin tin, filling each one 2/3 full.
- Bake 22-25 mins or until a skewer inserted into cakes comes out clean.
- Cool on wire cooling rack for ten minutes.
- When absolutely cool, frost with your favourite white frosting - vanilla icing or cream cheese frosting both work well!

Cathy says:
One of these would be just perfect with my afternoon coffee... sigh! Do YOU have a fave recipe for a tasty sweet treat? COMMENT BELOW to tell us more of email me through the 'email Cathy' link over on if you'd like to share your recipe and pics on DREAMCATCHER!


  1. They look gorge! Ciara they'd be perfect for my tea party next week. Thanks:-)

  2. I seriously love some of those books especially paper towns. Cathy's books are the best though. My favourite book is Coco Caramel because it is exactly me but i also love the book 'A year Without Autumn' not many people have read it but i really recommend it.



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