Red Velvet Cupcakes

Desserts, Recipes


These cupcakes are simple, yet just perfect in every way! The hint of cocoa in the vanilla cake is outstanding with the cream cheese frosting! You HAVE to make these! The husband ate two in one sitting…smh. I’m sure you will enjoy these just as much as we do 🙂

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 12 cupcakes


For the cupcakes-

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk ( I used half/half)**
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar**
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring (or as many drops of red food coloring you want for the desired red color)

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 4 oz soft cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons soft unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare the tins with the cupcake liners
  • First, mix the apple cider vinegar with the milk and let it coagulate for at least 5 minutes in a small bowl ( skip this step if you’re using butter milk)
  • Sift all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt) in a separate medium bowl
  • In a separate kitchen aid mixing bowl cream the soft butter and sugar, then add the egg, milk+ apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and food coloring. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix on medium speed for two minutes, then on high another two minutes. Everything should be creamy, and there should be no lumps
  • Spoon the mixture about 3/4 of the way full into each liner
  • Bake at 350 for about 15-18 minutes or until your inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean
  • Meanwhile make the frosting! In a mixer add the soft cream cheese, and butter until combined, then add the powdered sugar until its creamy, then add the vanilla and milk and mix on medium until fluffy!
  • Cool the cupcakes completely and then frost each with the cream cheese frosting and a little red or pink sugar dust or strawberries for beautiful garnish 🙂

**You can also use buttermilk in place of the milk/ apple cider vinegar**




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