Skip the food coloring and try red velvet cupcakes made with red wine instead!
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1 1/3cupsall-purpose flour
6tablespoonsraw cocoa powder1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons; Any cocoa powder will work, but raw cocoa powder has a reaction with the baking soda that causes the cupcakes to have a slightly - very subtle - red hue. Plus, it has a great flavor!
1 3/4sticksunsalted butter3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons, soft but cool
Sift flour and cocoa powder together into a small bowl.
Combine butter, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
Mix on low to medium speed to moisten, then increase to medium and cream until fluffy and light, about five minutes pausing to scrape the bowl and beater halfway through.
With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time, mixing until each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
Reduce speed to low and sprinkle in one-third of the flour/cocoa, followed by a third of the red wine. Alternate between the two, allowing each addition to be roughly incorporated before adding the next.
Fold batter with a flexible spatula to ensure that is it is well mixed from the bottom up.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcakes emerges with only a few crumbs attached.