This recipe was inspired by True Blood. It's a twist on Red Velvet Cake. I used Cakeman Raven's recipe for the cake. You can find his full recipe at CakemanRaven.com. So here's the recipe!!
For the filling you'll need the following
40-50 pitted bing cherries
1/4 Cup of Sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Pit the cherries anyway you like, I split in half.
2. Add cherries, sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until for two minutes.
3. Pour mixture into saucepan and whisk constantly on medium heat 8-10 minutes until sauce is bubbly and mixture is jam like. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the cake (based on Cakeman Raven's recipe) - makes 12 cupcakes
1 1/4 Cup Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cocoa
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1/2 tsp White Vinegar
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 oz. Red Food Coloring
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cupcake pan or line with cupcake liners.
2. In large bowl mix dry ingredients togethor.
3. In smaller bowl whisk wet ingredients togethor.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and whisk until silky smooth. Approx. 5 minutes.
5. Spoon mixture into into cupcake pan so it is only a third filled.
6. Dollop cherry mixture on top of mixture already in cupcake pan. Try no to let it bleed to the side. (I wasn't successful all the time)
7. Drizzle rest of cake mixture on top of jam until completely covered.
8. Bake 20 minutes or until done.
While cupcakes are baking, make the frosting!
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 Cup (1 stick) of butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
1. Add all ingredients into food processor and blend until silky.
2. Transfer frosting into a ziploc bag - it will be easier to frost this way.
3. Chill frosting until ready to frost.
Now that the cupcakes have been baked and cooled (about an hour) start to frost.
1. Remove as much air as possible from ziploc and snip on a bottom corner. Swirl frosting onto cupcakes.
2. Voila!! You are done!!
Now its time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
So a few things about this recipe. The Cherry jam is pretty spicy once its made. It has a heckuva after burn to it. Don't be dismayed, the cream cheese frosting will cut the intense burn of the jam. The final cupcake will still have quite a bite to it, but not so intense that its not delicious. I'm looking forward to other entries!!