Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

OMG! I don't know one person who doesn't like these red velvet cupcakes. I know red velvet originated from the South, but whoever came up with the idea is a genius! I brought the batch over to a family party for dessert and they were gone within five minutes. Everyone loved them and now I have orders coming in for birthday parties. What did I get myself into?! (Just kidding, I love making them.) These make a perfect treat for Valentine's Day.

I've made Red Velvet many times and have experimented with the ingredients to finally come up with what I think is THE perfect red velvet recipe.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Adapted from Paula Deen

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/2 packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and sugar. In a large bowl, gently beat the oil, buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring. Then gradually add the dry ingredients until smooth and thoroughly combined.

3. Fill 2/3 of the cupcake holders with the batter. Bake for about 20 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick. Remove and cool completely before frosting. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

4. Frosting: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla on low speed until smooth. Then increase to high speed until very light and fluffy. Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes or spread on with a spatula.


  1. Those look unbelievable!! I like your variation. I'm definitely bookmarking this recipe for this weekend :)

  2. Adorable, and great photos too!


  3. I'm ashamed to mention that I've never tried a red velvet cake/cupcake, they sound great.

  4. I bet the Paula Deen recipe is great. Thanks for posting.

  5. those look beautiful! i have an award for you at

  6. These were so good we were fighting for the last one!!! Great job!!!

  7. Wow!!!! We fought over the last one !!! Great job girl!!!!!

  8. I'm from Australia. Just wondering if you use the metric system for your measurements? They look great. Thanks

    p.s I made red velvet cupcakes from a different recipe last night and they sunk in the middle while cooking. Do you know any reason why this would happen?

  9. No, I don't use the metric system in my measurements.

    Your cupcakes must have sunk because of the recipe you used. I don't know any other reason why this would happen

  10. They look amazing! I'm not much of a baker, so I'm almost embarrassed to ask...Unsweetened cocoa or regular?

  11. how many calories?? they look delicious!!!

  12. Karina, I came here from your mom's blog and was wondering if I can replace some or all of the oil with apple sauce... what do you think? Also, can I make this into a cake? or do I need to change things to make it cook properly? Thanks for you help!

  13. The Nutella Choc Rice Pudding looks amazing!!! I am trying to get more into baking and I think those will be my next conquest..although I need a lot more practice. I made a Rainbow cake a few days ago... tasted nice, didn't look great!:) Have a look:

    Keep up the great work!!! -Joey

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