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Red Velvet Lady Cakes

Red Velvet Lady Cakes

Recipe shared by:Duncan Hines

These red velvet cupcakes will be a hit at any party this year.

  • Hands-on Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Servings: 12 cupcakes
  • Difficulty: EASY

Ingredients

  • 1 package Duncan Hines® Decadent Decadent Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
  • water, oil, eggs, and butter called for on cupcake mix package
  • 24 soft lady finger cookies, cut in half (about 96 pieces)
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 12 cup muffin pan. (Do Not line with paper liners.)
  • Combine cupcake mix pouch, water, oil and eggs in large bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended. Spoon evenly into prepared pan.
  • Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on wire rack.
  • Prepare frosting pouch according to package directions.
  • Place frosting in pastry bag. Pipe a small amount around sides of cupcakes. Spread with spatula. Place 8 lady finger pieces around edge of cupcakes, pressing into frosting to adhere. Pipe frosting on tops of cupcakes and decorate with strawberries.

Tips & Inspirations

For a simple dulce de leche, submerge an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water, simmer for 3 hours (less, if you want it a thinner consistency) and cool.

You didn’t spend all that time decorating your mini-cupcakes to have them ruined in transport. Use an egg carton to ensure they make it to your destination just as you intended.

To make the shape of bunny ears, press a glass into the rolled out cookie dough and make intersecting circles.

Avoid a “Pinterest fail” when making Spring Velvet Swirl Cupcakes by using individual piping bags for each batter.

To make crystallized honey liquid again make it liquid again, place the honey jar in a container that allows water to move around it freely. Run under a hot water tap (shaking occasionally) until the crystals have melted.

Reuse jelly, pickle or mason jars to keep your cupcake liners and icing tips clean and collected.

Whenever grating chocolate on a cheese grater always hold the chocolate cube with the palm of your hand not your fingertips. This method will protect your finger tips from getting nicked.

If there are nuts in your dessert, always try to garnish with the nut that is in the mixture. This is a way to inform your guests that are sensitive to certain foods.

Make chocolate mint leaves as a garnish: Rinse and dry your mint leaves dip the base or half from stem to tip and let dry on wax paper or parchment.

When dusting items with powdered sugar always dust them on a piece of wax paper away from the final display to prevent dusting outside the intended area. The excess powdered sugar is collected by the paper and easily transferred to a storage container.

Make sure to fully cool cupcakes before icing to prevent the icing from melting.

A paint brush can soften the points on your piped designs. Just dip the paint brush in water and shake off the excess.

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