ADSactly Food - 💜Red Velvet Cupcakes for Valentine's Day 💜

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Happy Valentines Day, Steemians 💕💕. In this post we will explore the history of Valentine's Day together, and I will share a wonderful Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe with you. So grab a mug of Earl Grey and get ready for a quick history lesson on the day of lurve.

History of Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day has its roots first, in Roman history, and then later, in a conversion from Pagan traditions to Christianity

The most popular legend of St Valentine seems to be connected to a third century priest in Rome, named St Valentine, who outlawed marriage for soldiers, stating that married men were distracted by their wives while away at war.

Valentine, would then marry couples in secret. When Emperor Claudius II found out, he put Valentine to death, thus making him a martyr for his religious beliefs.

The actual date, 14th February, is theorised to originate from two places:

  1. It is believed that St. Valentine died somewhere in the middle of February, and that this date is to commemorate his death.

  2. There is also a theory stemming from the Christian church creating "Valentine's Day" to coincide with the celebration of the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Lupercalia was a fertility festival devoted to the Roman god, Faunus. Faunus (Pan in Greek mythology) was known to be the god of all nature. You may recognise elements of Mr Tumnus of The Chronicles of Narnia in Pan/Faunus, as Tumnus was a Faun too.


Faunus, or Pan as he was known in Greek Mythology.


NOW! Let's talk cupcakes. More specifically - red velvet cupcakes. I adapted this recipe from a very famous New York confectionery, Magnolia Bakery. I have never had the pleasure to sample one of Magnolia's red velvet cupcakes, but I have heard many times how good they are. I searched long and hard for the correct recipe to follow, and I made it twice in one weekend, just to ensure that I had all the steps down pat.


Let me start by telling you that this is quite a time consuming recipe, but it is SO worth it. I would usually have made a cream cheese frosting with this recipe, but I wanted to stay as true to the original recipe as possible, and so I made Magnolia Bakery's Creamy Vanilla Frosting. It is to die for. Absolutely and lusciously indulgent, perfect for a Valentine's Day treat.

Here's How:


Red Velvet Cupcakes (makes 24 cupcakes):

  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup (110 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 ½ cups caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 T red food colouring
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 t bicarbonate soda

Creamy Vanilla Icing/Frosting

  • 6 T flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups (220 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups castor sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract


Preheat your oven to 180'C or 350'F. Oil a muffin pan lightly. Sift your flour and set aside. It's important to use sifted flour, as it creates a lighter, fluffier cupcake.

Then, in a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat your cream and butter until super light and fluffy. Then, add the eggs, one at a time.

In another small bowl, make a paste out of the red food colouring, cocoa powder and vanilla essence. You can then add this to creamed butter. Beat well.

Next, add the salt to the buttermilk, and mix well. Add the buttermilk mixture to the red batter, in three parts alternating with the flour. Every time you add more buttermilk, beat the ingredients until just mixed. Be careful to not over beat the mixture.

Now, add together the apple cider vinegar and bicarb. Add to the batter and mix well. The batter should be nice and smooth, and not lumpy at all.

Now you can divide the batter amongst the cupcake pans, and bake for twenty minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.


Try to not eat all the batter while preparing the recipe


The cupcakes should be nicely domed, springy to touch and as I mentioned, a skewer should come out clean.


Let cool completely before spreading with your topping of choice.

That was the easy part! Now for the vanilla frosting, which is extremely time constraining, but absolutely delicious and worth it.


NOW - CAREFULLY and SLOWLY - add the flour to the milk. Whisk, CAREFULLY, and ensure that there are absolutely NO LUMPS. This is imperative for a smooth frosting. Next, heat the mixture over a low - medium heat, and cook until the mixture is almost stodgy, it's so thick. Set aside until completely cooled (approx thirty mins).

While the milk mixture is cooling, in a large bowl, beat the butter until very smooth and creamy. You can now add the sugar very slowly, making sure to beat the mixture while adding the sugar. Now add the vanilla essence and beat well.

Now, add the room temperature milk mixture, and beat all together for a few more minutes. The mixture will become very smooth, and a bit lighter in colour.

Refrigerate for fifteen minutes, and use there after.

Divine! Let me know if you make this, and how long it took you?!

From me, @princessmewmew and the rest of the @adsactly team - Happy Valentine's Day!💓💓💓



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I like your food ^^


WOW i couldnt help chewing from my this is really nice!bravo

Those look yummy!!!

OMG - I haven't even had breakfast yet, and you have me wanting to bake cupcakes!! Unfortunately, I am gluten intolerant so any recipe with wheat flour is off-limits now, so I will just settle for drooling on my computer screen.

Happy Valentine's Day - enjoy those cupcakes!


Ah thank you for this kind comment! I am sure you could replace the flour with another type? Coconut flour might work quite nicely as it will keep the moisture.


There are some pretty decent GF flour mixes out there - King Arthur does a really good 'cup for cup' wheat flour substitute. I plan on trying this out this weekend - thank you! Great pics, too!


Finally adsactly put something about love. Though the famous Valentine Got killed, there are many other lovers around the world who met the same fate , to name few Romeo & juliet, Cleopatra & Mark antony, Napolean & Josephine . All tragic. Yet there love stories were so enigmatic and the greatest in history but ultimately sad. But still people dont give up on love. Its a feeling of lifetime. And its the love we are all hoping to find someday. A happy ending Actually. Though red velvet will make our beloved happy but all that we want is just love :) Though red velvet will make our beloved happy but all that we want is just love :)


Stories like these are what make history. I love to read about all of these star crossed lovers in history, it’s sooo romantic, and sometimes just plain silly 😂


Yea exactly silly fir being why to get killed ;)

1 word for these cakes = Yummmmmmy


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Just want to say :)


Ah thanks @cryptokraze! Hope you had a wonderful Wellington’s day! 😉😉

Looks amazing! Happy Valentines! <3


Happy hearts day to you, show love to someone today


I will <3


@rhubarb, you can say that again, this is my first valentine as a married woman, i am so full of joy and love. My sister-in-law sent some red velvet and chocolate cake to me two days ago. i hope it doesn't finish though. lol


Ooo. So cute and romantic 😍


Thanks @rhubard (cool user name btw!)


Thank you so much. (It’s my name hidden in this user name) 😍

Awww, thank you so much for the cakes.
They look yummy.
I am single so not celebrating it but happy valentines to all the couples.


Ah you can be your own valentine! 💓

Happy Wellingtons Day Everyone!!!!


🧦 happy Wellington’s Mork pie x

Those look tasty! :)


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Red velvet cupcakes looks really yummy!


Happy valentine's day.
The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along.


Happy heart day


Happy heart day to you too my dear and thank you.


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I love that💜

Oh how I wish you had posted this sooner... I would of made some today. Thanks for the recipe.

I Love Red Velvet Cupcakes. Those look amazingly Delicious. Thanks for posting.


Pleasure, and thank you for commenting! Happy valentines day

That's crazy, I honestly did not know the story of Valentine's day. I read deeper about it and did you know... the men that participated in the marriages got their hearts cut out and then the hearts were sent to their wives in a box?! I am shocked right now, what a story! Thanks for sharing.


Ahhhh! I suppose that’s where the tradition of bringing a gift comes from. Excellent! Thanks for sharing this, comment Upvoted!

I'm not much of a Valentine's day guy, but I'd certainly eat one of these luscious cupcakes in celebration of whatever :)

A beautiful recipe. Thank you.


Thank you so much! They were sooo soft and luxurious. Definitely a treat x

Excellent post and red velvet cupcake recipe💖@adsactly , I also make it with cream cheese cover and they are delicious.


Yes I lovvveee the cream cheese frosting too xx

definitivamente es el favorito!! Feliz San Valentin :)


I remembered hearing that once upon a time, before cocoa was alkalized as part of the production process, it was red. I looked that up, and found the article listed below. Essentially, "devils food" cake was called that because it was red because of the color of the cocoa. I had heard that red food dye was not always part of red velvet cakes (since the cocoa was red).

Happy Valentines Day!!


Ah, I vaguely recall something like this. Thanks for sharing 🌸

If I eat this, my bitterness will fade away. 😂


Hahaha they are sweet enough to turn you into a big bundle of joy xxx

these look amazing!
and yes - earl grey, HOT 😁💚


Hehe lump of sugar me dear?

Will definitely be making these for my Valentine💗



Lol who doesn’t love Me Burns! Happy valentines xx

Wow the cup cakes looks very testy.....

I’m on a diet😜


Hahahha you can just imagine eating the cupcakes then!


I guess..
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Following you 😉

Happy Valentine to @adsactly

Ummm. Delicious! I'm not much for sweets, but I do love red velvet cupcakes.

Thank you for sharing the history about valentine's Day it's interesting I enjoy reading historical things........and the red velvet cakes looks delicious and yummy thanks for sharing the looks yummy


Oats a pleasure and I’m pleased you enjoyed 🎀


Life is white today, there is nothing to write
I am standing in the desert, I am old
Suddenly why my heart is crying today
I saw my Aponjon lost.


Is that a poem?


That was sad and beautiful. Did you author that?


happy valentinesday.. the recipe is superb

Greetings and happy Valentine's Day, I think the story of this day is interesting, I did not know it and I also really like the recipe for cupcakes, they look appetizing, fluffy and they must be very tasty, I'll try to make that recipe but I think that it will cost me little that is like those.
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very nice cakes. I just love them. so yummyyyyy!!!!!

WAo redvelvet cupcakes look delicious and yummy , so amazing happy vapentine

Great! I wonder what kind of guy will fall in love if I get such a nice cake? What?haha

congratulations too
good information

your descriptions and explanations add to my knowledge

I love cupcakes, it looks so delicious :) yummy..keep posting

happy val to you. i hope you will enjoy yourself

Rich and beautiful content, the pictures alone are interestingly enchanting. Thanks.

Upvotes and RESTEEM.thanks

Wow... i will try this one. Haha

Thanks for these two-in-one lecture, it's quiet obvious that today people celebrate all manner of festivals they knew nothing about it origin.
Thanks for the recipes lesson aswell!
Happy lovers day!

very delicious seriously... HVD :D

Looks amazing! Happy valentines day !!!!

I also really like the food you post.
Maybe someday I will try to taste the food.
I think that its delicious food
looks very tasty and delicious food ..greetings and have a nice weekend


You can also make the recipes!

Thanks for posting this @adsactly

those cup cakes make my taste buds tingle , and the recipe makes it easy to make , i want some , will try this

This cupcakes looks yummy. Happy valentines day.


Yeah they look yummy, can I send you a pack?

How about a good scones receipt.

Thanks for sharing. @adsacly

My sister would kill for this recipe! She loves cupcakes and red velvet cake is her favorite!


Yeah, got this particular red velvet cup cake for my girlfriend and she loved it


That's sweet of you!

The reason i love to always pass by on your post its because of your originality. There re many bloggers i would read through their post without getting the recipes but yours is a good example, i really love about the memory of st. Val history and also taking us through the recipes though i wouldn't have them done because it could be too expensive for me to get. Salivating though, hope you pass some over to me your good friend here. I look forward to following you and also getting assistance from you as a newbie. Thanks, bravo

Happy valentines day @adsactly...

First time I had a red velvet cake, it felt like heaven.....
Seeing this is making me crave one now....


Looks amazing! Happy Valentines! <3

Omy those look amazing! Happy Valentines day! Resteemed!

Happy valentines!

Happy valentine

writing is very useful, I have vote your writing...
very nice...

i am already salivating with this recipe .. that is great

Wow its so delicious . I like it

I am making cupcakes too. But not as good as this yours really looks great ! Yum yum yum

Happy Valentine day to you and your family <3

Thanks for sharing their recipe. I only tried their red velvet one time and I liked it. Hope I can make exactly what I tasted before with this recipe. Thanks!!!

cakes seems impressive ., HAPPY VALENTINES DAY @adsactly


Happy hearts day to you abishali

the cup cakes really looks yummy.. happy valentines

Good morning, I think your recipe is very creative, happy Valentine's day and you have my vote!

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medicine for my diabetes! T_T
as the song says

killing me softly with this love

huhu. anyways, i'm drooling while reading this and thank you for the trivia. at least i know a little bit of the origin of Valentine's :)
Happy Valentine's Day! <3 ^_^


Haha ! Thank you for commenting xx


you're welcome ^^)

Great, I'm bad in the kitchen, I'll try this recipe

Hmm, yummy.. Happy Val @adsactly

Lovely one.........Happy valentine

yumm the cakes sure look yummy! however is it flour written in frosting? i have never heard it before...if it is then im sure gonna try this new frosting :-)

Omg... I hate Valentine's sooo much! But these cupcakes would definitely help me to fight this repulsion ;)

I like dessert, share more recipe to Steemit I can make my self. Hahaha

yummy sounds tasty, will definitely give it a try, happy valentines day...

Good story. And this cupcakes looks so tasty. Happy Valentine Days

Nice post man


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Looking very yamme!!!

May be taste will be also yamme.

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I'm a foodie. So Lovely!

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wooowww.... nice post amazzziiing

hopefully on this valentine day we can share the love around the world.

Yaummy cake..thanks for sharing. Happy Valentine's day.

wowowow I will like to eat it op now now it look very delisiose

Mmm it looks delicious ... The Valentine my favorite stage of the year, but I have no one to celebrate it with .... Happy Valentine's Day

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The invention of new dish does anymore for human happiness, what opening of new star. Pleased me to you post-modernism, successes to you and successes

Ahaan great information I know the history of valentine day 1st from you Thanks for sharing with us and I don't make the cupcake but I hope the taste of your cupcake is yummy.

Nice love to see this type of post 😍. Keep it up

I love cupcakes, I can't wait to try your recipe. Best wishes

Happy valentine’s day all steemians

Looks soo delicious, loved it

yummmmy awesome i will like these cakes really awesome