Red Velvet Vanilla Marble Cupcakes are a delicious combination of red velvet cake, marbled with moist vanilla cake. Topped with creamy, rich milk chocolate buttercream frosting.
Not much makes me happier than seeing a big plate of pretty cupcakes. Unless, of course, the cupcakes have a few sprinkles on them, because it’s a well known fact that Sprinkles Beget Happiness. I am all about spreading a little happiness this time of year. Not only is my birthday looming on the horizon, but Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, so naturally I have a great excuse for sweet celebrations all week long.
Comfortably Domestic Confession: I used to loathe Valentine’s Day. Well, perhaps loath is a strong word, but Bacon Slayer and I never celebrated Valentine’s Day because we thought it was a silly made up holiday. We preferred to celebrate with random cards or flowers, rather than on a specific date. That worked for us until we had kids…kids who love holidays in any shape or form, and celebrate all of them with equal gusto. So a few years back we started a few fun family Valentine’s traditions, and you know what? We LOVE celebrating Valentine’s Day. Everything is so happy, and celebratory, and sweet, and pink!
Speaking of sweet celebrations, my Theme Week friends and I are sharing a plethora of sweet treats for you to share with your sweeties this week during Sweets Week. More about that at the end of this post…
This week, the baking-obsessed group Sundays With Joy on Facebook chose to bake Joy the Baker’s Red Velvet Marble Cake from the cookbook Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes. Joy gives the recipe a new twist by marbling red velvet with chocolate cake. Very clever, but the amount of red food coloring required to make the red velvet show up against the chocolate kind of freaked me out a little.
Massive amounts of food coloring makes me a touch squeamish.
Since I’m a big fan of marble cake, I chose to merge my favorite vanilla/chocolate marble cake with Joy’s red velvet. To ensure that all of my Sweeties were celebrated equally, I made cupcakes–24 cupcakes equals 24 smiling faces–love that! I topped the cupcakes with healthy amounts of milk chocolate buttercream frosting and a few happiness-inducing sprinkles.
My Sweeties were quite pleased with the combination of tangy red velvet, sweet vanilla, and creamy milk chocolate.
So bake up a batch Red Velvet Vanilla Marble Cupcakes for your sweetie, for yourself, or for anyone else that you’d like to bring a little cheer.
Sweets Week is just for you, my sweet Friends! Please stop by daily to check out the abundance of Sweets for Your Sweetie Pies:
Today, Jeanne @ Inside NanaBread’s Head joins me with her Retro Raspberry Divinity and an awesome sweet baking-themed giveaway. How sweet is that? The rest of the sweetness lines up as follows:
S’Mores on a Stick – Kat @ Tenaciously Yours
White Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting – Mads @ La Petite Pancake
Berry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie & a Giveaway – Anne @ From My Sweet Heart
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
What random thing do you do, just to elicit a smile?