Red Velvet Cupcakes

Ok… Ok…

I’m talking about Red Velvet cupcakes today.

I know that this cupcake flavor is the favorite of over 1/2 my blog readers, but I don’t really understand why…

It’s like a knock off version of a chocolate cupcake, but with way less cocoa…

Regardless of MY feelings, everyone seems to gobble these right up whenever I make them. So, there must be something about these that has your mouth watering… Maybe the cream cheese frosting?

red velvet cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes
{Recipe found at Apple A Day}

2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk
2 TBSP (1 oz.) red food coloring
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. white distilled vinegar

PREP WORK: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners. Set aside.

MIX IT UP: In the bowl of your electric mixer whisk together your flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa, and salt.

Grab a large measuring cup and combine the oil, eggs, buttermilk, food color, extract, and vinegar. Slowly mix into the dry ingredients.

GET COOKING: Fill your cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 13 minutes. You may need to add a few more minutes, but I’d check them at this point to make sure.

Allow them to cool completely.

red velvet cupcake recipe

Cream Cheese Frosting
{Recipe from Confections of a Foodie Bride}

8 oz cream cheese
5 T. soft butter
2t. vanilla
3-1/2 C. powdered sugar

MIX, MIX, MIX: Mix all of the ingredients until you reach the consistency you like.

Frost your cupcakes.

red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

So someone tell me what it is about these things already?!?


  1. 1

    I never understood it myself.

  2. 3
    Katrina says:

    Red velvet is not worth the calories. It just doesn’t have much taste! Maybe yours are different :)

    • 4

      I don’t know ‘how’ different they are! But I feel the same way!

      However, it is my best seller to friends and family!

  3. 5

    found your site thanks to pinterest – and you guessed right! for me it is all about the cream cheese frosting!! that stuff is addicting…and the red color just catches your eyes and draws you towards it.

  4. 6

    Whenever I make cream cheese frosting, it’s very runny and definitely not like yours. What am I doing wrong?

    • 7
      Jesseca says:

      It could be that the frosting is just a little too warm or maybe you’ll need to add a bit more powdered sugar. Sometimes I whip it a little too much and need to let it rest in the fridge before piping.

      • 8

        Thanks! I was thinking to do that, but then I read (from multiple sources) that when cream cheese and powdered sugar combine they tend to liquefy! I think i’ll try what you said because you look like you know how to make it do what you want 😛

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