Introduction: Festive Red Velvet Cupcakes

Looking for a sweet treat to take to a holiday gathering this year? These red velvet cupcakes are simply delicious and easy to make.

Step 1:

A quick trip to the grocery store and a few basic ingredients from your pantry is all that is needed for this wonderful festive dessert. The items you need include:
-Cupcake Batter Mix
-Vegtable Oil
-Powdered Sugar
-Cream Cheese (The cream cheese must be room temperature, so make sure to set it out at least two hours prior to baking time.)
-Salted Butter (The butter must be room temperature, so make sure to sit it out at least two hours prior to baking time.) 
-Mini Candy Canes
- Festive Cupcake Liners
- Water
-Vinalla Extract

Step 2:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 3:

Mix one package of the cupcake mix with half a cup of water, two large eggs, and one-fourth cup of vegetable oil.
With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the ingredients together for three minutes until well combined.

Step 4:

Fill the cupcake pan with your choice of festive cupcake liners.
Fill each cup about two-thirds full of cake batter. 

Step 5:

Place the cupcakes in the oven for approximately sixteen minutes. Remember oven temperatures may vary.

Step 6:

While the cupcakes are baking, you can prepare the icing.
In a mixing bowl, add half a cup of salted room temperature butter and eight ounces of room temperature cream cheese.
Mix until well combined.
Add one-half teaspoon of vinalla extract.
Slowly add three and a half cups of powdered sugar a little at a time until all has been added and combined.

Step 7:

When baking time is over, take the cupcakes out of the oven and let them cool completely on a cooling rack.

Step 8:

While the cupcakes continue to cool, this would be a good time to clean up the mess that was made in the kitchen. Obviously, this step is optional.

Step 9:

When your cupcakes are ready for icing, use a small spatula to spread the icing onto the cupcake. Make sure each cupcake is liberally coated with icing. If you would like to add a festive touch to your cupcake, simply add a small christmas candy cane to the top of each cupcake.

Step 10:

Enjoy your delicious cupcakes!