Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

CUPCAKES
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 T cocoa powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 T red food coloring
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla

Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.  In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, egg, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.  While mixing at medium speed, gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture until just combined.  Fill cupcake liners.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until an insterted toothpick comes out clean.  

ICING
1 stick room temp. butter
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
a dash of almond extract

Beat butter until smooth and creamy.  Add sugar, milk, vanilla, and almond extract and beat until spreadable consistency.  Add additional sugar if needed.