Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

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You Will Need:
Cupcakes
-1 cup shortening
-1 3/4 cup sugar
-2 1/4 cup flour
-1 1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 eggs
-1 cup buttermilk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1.5 teaspoon white vinegar
-Red food coloring
-1.5 teaspoon cocoa powder

Icing
-1.5 packages of cream cheese
-3/4 cup butter
-1.5 pounds of powdered sugar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-In a mixer cream together shortening and sugar.
-In a bowl combine eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, vinegar, and salt
-Add the flour to the shortening in 3 additions alternating with the wet ingredients.
-Add in red food coloring until desired red.
-Mix in cocoa powder until just incorporated.
-Fill lined cupcake tins about 2/3 full
-Bake about 17 minutes.

-In a mixing bowl cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
-Add vanilla and salt.
-Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until smooth.
-Once cupcakes are COMPLETELY COOL you can ice them.

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