Gareth's red velvet cupcakes

11 year-old Gareth Bennett from Gaithersburg stops by Great Day Washington before he competes in the Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network.

Gareth Bennett an 11-year-old from Gaithersburg, Maryland recently competed on the Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship". Here is his red velvet cupcake recipe. Enjoy! 



  •               1 cup butter, softened
  •               3 cups white sugar
  •               6 eggs
  •               1 ounce red food coloring
  •               3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  •               3 cups all-purpose flour
  •               1 cup buttermilk
  •               1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •               1/2 teaspoon salt
  •               1 teaspoon baking soda
  •               1 tablespoon white vinegar



  •               Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch pans (or line cupcake pans with muffin cups).
  •               In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix food coloring with cocoa and add to mixture.
  •               Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
  •               Mix baking soda with vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
  •               Divide batter into three prepared 8 inch round pans (or cupcake pans). Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.

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