Red Velvet Cupcakes

red velvet cupcake recipeWhat can I say about red velvet cupcakes that has not already been said? Everywhere you go you see two things. Cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes. I hesitated to share the these with you for that reason, but then something happened. William asked me to make these for class Valentine’s Day party. I tried to talk him into something else but he insisted on red velvet. I remembered how hard they are to resist. They are what cupcake dreams are made of. Sweet and mildly chocolaty with a tart cream cheese frosting.

What can I say? My kid has good taste.

This red velvet cupcake and cream cheese frosting recipes come from Martha Stewart Cupcakes.

red velvet cupcake recipe2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 eggs at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon red gel paste food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting:

2 sticks room temperature butter
12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

red velvet cupcake recipeSift together the cake flour, cocoa power, and salt. Set aside.

red velvet cupcake recipeMix together the sugar and oil until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time.

red velvet cupcake recipeAdd the food coloring and vanilla.

red velvet cupcake recipeAdd the flour in three batches alternating with the buttermilk.

red velvet cupcake recipeIn a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and vinegar. Add to the batter and mix to combine.

red velvet cupcake recipeLine two muffin tins with paper liners. Fill the tins three quarters of the way through. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.

cream cheese frosting recipeMake the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla.

cream cheese frosting recipeI used a piping bag fitted with a large round tip to pipe the cream cheese frosting.

cream cheese frosting recipeTo make these cupcakes really special for the kids, I wrapped them in individual cupcake boxes. How cute are these?

cream cheese frosting recipeI cut out some hearts freehand and attached them with some cute twine from The Twinery. Wouldn’t you love to get a box like this?

red velvet cupcake recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes - These are my son's favorite cupcakes. He loves red velvet anything and these cupcakes are always requested.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon red gel paste food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 12 ounces room temperature cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Sift together the cake flour, cocoa power, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Mix together the sugar and oil until incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time.
  3. Add the food coloring and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour in three batches alternating with the buttermilk.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the baking soda and vinegar. Add to the batter and mix to combine.
  6. Line two muffin tins with paper liners. Fill the tins three quarters of the way through. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the butter and cream cheese. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla.
  8. I used a piping bag fitted with a large round tip to pipe the cream cheese frosting.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers

    These look delicious! And yes they’re everywhere, but that’s because they are amazingly yummy! And yours are totally gorgeous.

    1. bakedbree

      they really are aren’t they? Hard to resist.

  2. Nina

    Wow, do these ever look delicious and I never get tired of seeing or eating them! Nicely done, love the individual boxes – nice touch!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Nina. The kids loved getting their own little box.

  3. Kerri Price

    These are beautiful! I don’t know much about red velvet cake. Is there any way to make it without using red food coloring? Any substitutes?

  4. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Holy Yuminess Batman…..

    I am running a virtual Cupcake Marathon at my site. You have a chance to win the cupcakes of your choice and they even have VEGAN choices.

    Check it out here: https://cooktraineatrace.com/cupcake-marathon/

    And I love that print friendly button so I can make these. They look great.

  5. Jacqueline

    Oh my gosh! You have to stop with these delicious looking desserts. You’ve got me on a baking spree and my waistline can’t take it!

  6. Carol

    where did you get the cupcake boxes?

  7. Marissa

    These are SO cute!! And I cannot resist red velvet either! 🙂 I just love your packaging ideas too.

    -Marissa

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Marissa!

  8. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~

    printing recipie now! – and i got the same pink heart bowl, from target, right?!

    I’m hosting a give-away and would LOVE for you and ALL to
    Join Custom Sign Give-Away

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

    1. bakedbree

      I love my pink heart bowl. Gotta love the Target dollar bin!

  9. Sam @ Weekend Getaways

    After seeing the photo of this red cupcake, my mouth get full of water. I know this would be super yummy.

    1. bakedbree

      Super yummy indeed.

  10. Jessica

    Red velvet is, to me, the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert (hubby and I got the prettiest red velvet cake for our little V Day celebration). And how very cute to make it into cupcakes! I’m going to save this link for next year, for sure. And I do pink puffy heart those little boxes. Would I like one? Yes please!

    1. bakedbree

      I think that it is perfect for Valentine’s Day too. I loved the individual boxes.

  11. Dee D

    Wow, your cupcakes look so cute and delicious!

    1. bakedbree

      thanks Dee!

  12. Daisy

    I just had to “like” this. I love red velvet cake, but making is red velvet cupcakes is almost genius! Thanks for sharing Bree

    1. bakedbree

      you are welcome Daisy!

  13. Heidi

    What tip did you use? Are these mini or regular cupcakes? I love the look and am trying to get the same look with icing.

    Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      they are regular size cupcakes. The tip is from Magic Tip and is 6 points. It is just a really large round tip. I use it all the time.

  14. Ore

    I fall in love with your blog every time I visit! You should have your own book! Seriously I’m a bake-loving teenager and I’m obsessed with this blog! You’re so talented! Thanks for sharing this, I’m going to make these for my friends family!
    Thanks! 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Thank you Ore! That is so nice of you to say.

  15. becky

    Can’t wait to make these for my friend. She’s turning 15 and loves red velvet! <3

    1. bakedbree

      Happy birthday to your friend!

      1. becky

        thanks! agh I just love these recipes! <3 They're all great!

        1. bakedbree

          thank you Becky!

  16. Kristine

    May I ask, uhh, can I use all-purpose flour instead of cake flour for this recipe? 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      I think that all-purpose would result in a heavier cupcake, but you can make cake flour pretty easily.

      1. Grace

        How do you make cake flour? Here in Ireland I can’t find it anywhere! And I’m dying to make these!<3

  17. CupcakeLover

    hey bree! i am a fan of your website, but seeing how you are american, are your cups and measurements the same as australia? if not, then how many grams, mls, etc are in a cup? thanks so much!

    1. bakedbree

      I use an American measurement for everything. There are lots of converters that you can use to see the difference.

  18. caro

    i found it amusing that it says add eggs one at a time and in the corresponding picture there’s 2 eggs in the bowl. the cupcakes do look delicious. i plan to make them soon. thanks for sharing!

    1. bakedbree

      Sorry, looks like I am human.

      1. Grace

        I don’t think they were complaining or criticising, it’s just kind of funny. If they were trying to fault you I don’t think they would have said nice things also.

  19. Rubby

    Wow, your cupcakes look so cute and delicious!I think it is reliable for all occasions.Thanks for sharing this super ideas.I love it.

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    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome!

  20. Cindy

    Yum!!

    1. bakedbree

      Yum is right!

  21. Juliet

    Hi there, I’m making a red velvet cake on Friday, to be eaten on Saturday. What’s the best way to keep it fresh? Should I store it overnight frosted or unfrosted and should it be kept in the fridge or at room temperature. Would appreciate any advice! Thanks 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Any of those are fine. Cakes hold up really well, especially frosted.

  22. Emmy

    How much does this make????

  23. Ivanka Cvitanich

    Fabuloso cupcakes. I made them and they’re delicioso

    1. bakedbree

      I’m so glad that you liked them!

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