January 21, 2011

Sour Cream Cake Batter

The last time I made a sweet treat was in the beginning of December, Maple Glazed Sour Cream Doughnut Holes. I don't make goodies that often since I mainly focus on dinner items whether that be the entree or side dish. I claim that I don't have a sweet tooth, that is, unless you set in front of me a pan of brownies then I have to strike that statement from the record. I claim that I have a salt tooth instead. Hello chips and guacamole!

Last night was a special night. It was Thursday night. What's so special about Thursday night? The only thing that made last night different from any other night was the fact that I decided to make some Sour Cream Cake Batter cupcakes after dinner.
Upon itty bitty's discovery that his mama was making cupcakes all he kept asking for were chocolate ones. He was in luck. Little did he know that was my plan all along. In the original recipe there was a variation for the Sour Cream Cake Batter that included Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Batter. Believe it or not, I have never had Red Velvet anything. That fact alone added to my excitement to be making my guys a special treat.
When the cupcakes were finally cooled enough to serve (frosting free tonight) itty bitty couldn't contain his excitement, "Cah-cake!" As he saw me walk by with his daddy's Sour Cream Cake Batter cupcake he exclaimed, "Mine cah-cake!" He just couldn't get over the fact that his mama made something he has been asking for. He's been asking for chocolate cake since I made the Chocolate Sheet Cake with a Quick Caramel Frosting  which was over two months ago. I'm sure he was thinking something more along the lines of, "It's about damn time mommy!"

Maybe make these tonight and make your Friday night (or whatever night it may be when you end up reading this) extra special for yourself and your loved ones. Who doesn't love cupcakes or as the original recipe states that this is a "Pick Your Pan" recipe and in that case who doesn't love a Bundt cake?

MyRecipes.com and Southern Living, December 2005
Serving sizes vary depending on whichever pan you pick. Click the link above for serving sizes and cook times for the other pans. I'll be telling you about the cook times for using a muffin pan which will make 32 to 38 cupcakes.
Stars of the Show for the Sour Cream Cake Batter:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (8 oz) container sour cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
And Action:
Beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.

Stir together flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to butter mixture alternating between the sour cream beating at a low speed until blended. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Stir in the vanilla extract. Use batter immediately. You can do as I did and save half the batter to make the Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Batter (recipe below).

Bake at 350° in muffin pans for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Stars of the Show for the Chocolate Red Velvet Cake Batter:
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 (1 oz) bottles red food coloring
And Action:
Prepare the Sour Cream Cake Batter and stir in the unsweetened cocoa and red food coloring. Bake the cupcakes the same way as directed above.


Carolyn said...

Ah, brownies are your weakness, good to know! But both versions of this cake look wonderful, I am sure your boys enjoyed them!

Pretend Chef said...

Carolyn - I talk about brownies and you ended up making some crave worthy ones. Yum yum!

Lisa said...

These cupcakes look really good so I can see why your little guy was so pleased. My family is a big fan of red velvet cake.

Pretend Chef said...

Lisa - Thank you! For my first time trying Red Velvet cake it was good. Considering the fact that it is just chocolate cake with red food coloring! I don't know why I've never tried it before. These were especially tasty today. I think they were even better than last night.

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