Red Velvet Cupcakes


There’s something especially decadent about red velvet cupcakes. The sumptuous treat is a devilish mix of deep red sponge, a hint of chocolate and a generous dollop of velvety cream cheese frosting.  It’s the perfect recipe for a gift, special occasion or just to enjoy with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

You will need

1 1/4 cups of plain flour (sifted)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

1/4 cup of unsalted butter

3/4 cups of granuated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk or a mix of natural yoghurt and milk (3/4 to 1/4 ratio)

1 tablespoon red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

300g icing sugar (sifted)

50g unsalted butter, at room temperature

125g cream cheese (cold)


1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Place 12 cupcake cases into a muffin tin.

2. Sift together the plain flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.

3. Beat the butter until light and fluffy then add the sugar and beat well. Add the egg, vanilla essence and mix well.

4. Add the flour mix and buttermilk gradually and mix well in between additions. Then add the red food colouring.

5. Combine the vinegar and baking soda until it fizzes then gently fold into the cake mixture.

6. Divide the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases, filling them to approximately 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 18 – 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes then transfer from muffin tray to cool completely.

7. To make the cream cheese frosting beat the icing sugar and butter together until well mixed. Add the cream cheese and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy.

8. When the sponges have completely cooled add the cream cheese using a small spatula. You can also use a piping bag for the icing but I prefer the “rustic” look. Use one of the cupcakes to create crumbs to sprinkle over the cupcake.

Makes approximately 12 cupcakes.

I hope you enjoy 🙂

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  1. November 26, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    beautiful! how you taunt me though as I type from a snackless room, with not a red velvet cake in sight!

    • November 26, 2013 / 5:07 pm

      Ah sorry Rach! That’s the worst. Sending a big virtual cupcake your way xx

    • November 27, 2013 / 2:01 pm

      Sending you a big virtual cupcake! xx

  2. November 27, 2013 / 12:39 pm

    These look so amazing! Will have to give it a go soon. Maybe Xmas holidays are a good time to try things – lots of friends and family to bake for!

    • November 27, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      They are quite easy to make, just make sure you get good red food colouring – I find Dr Oetker’s doesn’t work too well. Send me some pics when you bake 🙂 x

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