60g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g caster sugar
10g cocoa powder
20ml red food colouring
½tsp vanilla extract
150g plain flour
½tsp bicarbonate of soda
1½tsp white wine vinegar
For the cream cheese frosting:
300g icing sugar, sifted
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature
125g cream cheese, cold
1- Preheat oven to 170 degree C/325 degree F/gas mark 3
2-Cream together butter and sugar(seriously recommend using an electric whisk for this!) Once light and fluffy beat in the egg.
3- In a separate bowl mix together cocoa powder, vanilla essence and food colouring into a paste. Add to butter mixture and combine thoroughly.
4- Add half of the buttermilk and mix, then add half of the flour and mix until combined. Repeat with remaining buttermilk and flour.
5- Mix in salt, bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar. Mix everything well.
6- Spoon into muffin cases(makes around 12) and bake for 20-25 mins.
7-Whilst baking make the frosting. Beat butter and icing sugar together. Then add the cream cheese and whisk for a few minutes until fluffy. (I just topped with butter cream icing as I forgot to buy cream cheese!)
8- Once cakes are cool spread the frosting on top and finish with sprinkles/chocolate flakes/anything pretty that takes your fancy!
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