OR Get Your Guns Up Cupcakes
I noticed on Southern Living’s Pintrest page there were cupcakes representing several of the deep South universities. Being a Red Raider from Texas Tech, I needed to contribute to their collection.
I remember those football games, the band, that magnificent black stallion with the masked Red Raider and the stadium full for a big game. It was so exciting to be a part of that school and the traditions – bubbles in the fountain, ODAs, curfews, “Howdy”, the cowboys. Wow! It was the friendliest place to be. As you walked across campus as a freshman everybody said, “Howdy.” I felt welcomed and a part of things very quickly. Coming from a small town I never expected to feel at home in a large new place so fast. “ODAs” were obvious display of affection. None of that business on campus at Texas Tech in 1967 in public. You could get restricted to your dorm room for a week if caught. (except for classes)
All that has changed now, but it is still a friendly place. I ran into a girl I went to high school with on email and she works at Texas Tech. I asked her about a friend who had moved to Lubbock from El Paso and who had worked there in 1989. I heard Ruth’s voice in the lobby of the dorm of Wall Hall while I was moving my oldest daughter, Krista, in there for her first year of school. I walked around a corner and there was my friend Ruth. My email friend was willing to check in the system to see if Ruth still worked there. It is good to know some things don’t change.
I met my husband while going to school there. We had our favorite places to eat. Then Amy (Middle Sister) went to Texas Tech School of Law in the building her dad built while we lived there and went to school. She took me to a restaurant she found and it turned out to be Lorenzo’s which was our favorite place to eat 20 or so years before, and she didn’t even know that. Those were good times and good memories.
We had a cocker spaniel named Clarence when we lived there and that dog was crazy! I made a heart-shaped layer cake for Valentine’s Day. We went to dinner and came home for dessert. That crazy dog had eaten all the icing off the cake! He didn’t take one bite out of the cake, but licked all the icing off!
So, here’s to the Red Raiders, the traditions and the good memories.
Texas Tech Red Raider Cupcakes
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring (1 ounce)
- 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
In another large bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
Using a stand mixer, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
Line mini-muffin pans with paper liners and fill with a small ice cream scoop. The cupcakes don’t rise too much. Fill about ¾ full.
I baked the cup cakes for 12 minutes at 350°. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 4-6 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon butter flavoring (Wilton)
In a stand mixer like my Kitchen Aid fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand-held electric mixer in a large bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar, and butter on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to high, and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.)
Reduce the speed of the mixer to low. Add the vanilla and butter flavoring, raise the speed to high and mix briefly until fluffy (scrape down the bowl occasionally). Store in the refrigerator until somewhat stiff, before using. May be stored in the refrigerator for 3 days.
I piped the frosting on the cupcakes with a large star tip.
Store decorated cupcakes in the refrigerator until just before serving to preserve the decorations.
I made the little toppers by finding a deal on-line and copying it and printing it out. Then I just cut out the design and glued it to a toothpick. Instant decoration. Maybe illegal, but I have a lawyer in the family to protect me (I hope).
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