Red & Green Velvet Cupcakes

Red & Green Velvet Cupcakes (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing / September 11, 2013)

Nothing melts hearts faster than homemade holiday treats decorated by little hands. Here, some of our favorite local pastry chefs share kid-friendly recipes for festive holiday desserts perfect for gifting or sharing at your own holiday open house.

So crank up the carols, break out the sprinkles and make some holiday memories in the kitchen.

Southern Red & Green Velvet Cupcakes

Yields approximately 2 dozen cupcakes

These cupcakes, created by the chefs at Miss Shirley’s (with locations in Roland Park and the Inner Harbor), are a sweet and festive treat. Kids will love (carefully) squeezing the food coloring and dotting the cream cheese frosting with glittery “ice crystal” sprinkles.

The cupcakes:

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup buttermilk, shaken

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups vegetable oil

1 ½ cups sugar

2 extra-large eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon liquid red food coloring

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon liquid green food coloring

1  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with 24 paper liners.