This recipe makes a lot of batter – I could actually make 2 cake layers and 6 cupcakes with this mixture. If you just want to make cupcakes it will make +- 24 cupcakes. If you just want to make a cake, it will make 3 layers in a round cake tin.
2 ¼ cups cake flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups oil
1 ½ cups castor sugar
¾ cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon red gel food colouring (or 4 tablespoons liquid food colouring)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 180°C and grease cupcake pans with butter or Spray & Cook.
In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and eggs until well blended
Now add the flour and buttermilk alternately and mix well.
Add the baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt and mix until well combined.
Add the vanilla essence and colouring and mix well.
Fill the cupcake tins or liners 2/3 full.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.
Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes before icing the cupcakes.
Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:
1 tub cream cheese (230g)
2 tablespoons warm water
4 cups icing sugar
Beat the cream cheese until smooth and then add the icing sugar cup by cup and mix well after each addition.
Add the water and mix well.