2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
4 cups confectioners' sugar
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the garnish pictured here, sprinkle red-colored sugar over the cupcakes, then roll-out a prepared fondant and cut out hearts or desired shape and decorate with red piping gel.
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