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Red Velvet Cupcakes

My Red Velvet Cupcake is a glorious handful of joy. It's one of my favorite cakes in portable form, and it's slathered with an amazing buttercream frosting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword How Do I Make Red Velvet Cupcakes, How To Make Red Velvet Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 -16
Calories 520kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Well Shaken
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1-1 Ounces Bottle Red Food Coloring
  • 12 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar


  • 16 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 16 Ounces Cream Cheese at Room Temperature, Cubed
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch Salt


  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2-9 inch cake pans or line cupcake pans with liners.
  •  In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  •  In another bowl add buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and eggs and whisk to combine.
  •  Sift cocoa into a small bowl the mix with food coloring until it forms a paste.
  • Beat butter and sugar together, in a standing mixer, set on medium, for 2 minutes.  Scrape down bowl.
  • Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on medium speed just until it's incorporated.  Add 1/2 the buttermilk mixture and beat on low until combined.  Scrape down the bowl.  Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on medium until incorporated.  Add the rest of buttermilk mixture beat on low until combined.  Add last 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on medium until just combined.  Scrape down the bowl.
  • Add the cocoa paste mixture and beat on medium until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and make sure the bottom of the batter is incorporating as well.   Give the batter a final good stir with a rubber spoonula to mix completely and pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake cake/cupcakes in preheated oven about 25 minutes for cake and 20 minutes for cupcakes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. ( I had to bake my cupcakes more like 24-25 minutes but my oven is wonky and doesn't seem to hold the temp correctly.)  Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes. ( I skipped this step and left the cupcake in the pan and refrigerated overnight.  I pulled them out the next day to frost and it worked perfectly for me.)


  •  In a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add cream cheese, 1 piece at a time, and beat until incorporated. ( Are you kidding me? Yah, I just plopped all the softened cream cheese in-full blocks-not cut up in and had no problems ;0 )  Beat in vanilla and salt. ( don't skip the salt- it doesn't make the frosting taste salty it heightens all the other flavors. IMHO).  Spread or pipe on completely cooled cakes.  If frosting seems a bit too soft to pipe well, pop it in the fridge a few minutes to firm it up a little.


Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.5mg