red velvet cupcakes

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    red velvet cupcakes

    Or I’m just secretly plotting to make y’all fat :)

    Red velvet is my favorite flavor. I know some people don’t “get it” as to why some people are obsessed with red velvet or what the hype about red velvet is and I wish I could explain it, but I’ve loved red velvet since I was young so I guess that’s my explanation.

    At a young age, I knew I wanted red velvet cheesecake for my wedding cake and I still do, but after revisiting my childhood favorite earlier this week, the chocolate cheesecake cupcakes, red velvet now has a contending flavor. GASP!

    I have to be honest with you guys: these cupcakes were actually supposed to be my birthday cupcakes but since I royally effed them up, I decided to not post them on my bday. Now, you ask, how did I royally eff them up? Well, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the most pathetic excuse for frosting these cupcakes. In all fairness though, it was my first time ever doing it and it was one of my kitchen goals this year so it was worth a shot. The ones pictured above are the ones that turned out decent. The other ones were pretty laughable. However, Lindsay, Krissy, & Nicole have graciously given me tips on frosting cupcakes so the next time I make cupcakes, I will follow their advice :)

    Regardless of how these looked, they were delicious. The cake was moist and flavorful and the cream cheese frosting was literally the icing on the cake. It was really delicious and tastes just like a cupcake out of a cupcake shop sans the look of it, haha

    red velvet cupcakes

    Red Velvet Cupcake are my favorite and they are perfect for birthdays and extra special occasions like Valentine's Day!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 22 mins
    Total Time: 37 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1 dozen
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    For the cupcakes:

    • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
    • 1 cup buttermilk
    • 2 tbsp red food coloring
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp white vinegar

    For the frosting:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 3 cups confectioners sugar
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by lining with muffin liners or by spraying with cooking spray.
    • In a large bowl, sift together, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • In a bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla extract, and white vinegar.
    • Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
    • Fill muffin cups with 2/3 full of batter. Repeat until all batter have been used up.
    • Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
    • While the cupcakes are cooling, wash out your stand mixer bowl and beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Then add the sugar and vanilla and beat until well combined.
    • When cupcakes are cooled, put frosting in piping bag and whatever pastry tip you like to use and frost your cupcakes!
    • Store in an airtight container in the fridge (because of the cream cheese).

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  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    I’m one of those people who don’t really “get” the red velvet thing but I’d still happily eat these cupcakes :)

  • Kathryn says:

    I’ve never really had a proper red velvet cake but I have to say, I’m super impressed with your frosting here. It looks way better than any I’ve ever done!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    I just made red velvet cupcakes last summer (using less food coloring), and they were awesome. I don’t usually eat them much, but the frosting? Get in my mouth!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    These are so pretty Julie!

  • Julia says:

    Your frosting looks perfect! And real yummy!

  • Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious says:

    These look beautiful. Perfect piping. And I’m loving the simple red sprinkles, perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Maureen says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I could eat one right now!

  • nicole {sweet peony} says:

    oooh i love red velvet too! and what are you talking about?? they look awesome!!!!! i love the crunchy sugar on top :) now i’m craving red velvet haha

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    These cupcakes are beautiful! Just discovered your blog, can’t wait to check out more. :)

  • Cassie says:

    Love red velvet. These are beautiful, Julie! When I was first learning how to frost cupcakes I would make a batch of buttercream, get out my supplies and a plastic cutting board and pipe away. Then I’d scoop it all up and do it again. It really helped!

  • Kiran @ says:

    Gorgeous cupcakes and perfect pipping skills :)

  • Skye (Skye Loves...) says:

    Red velvet cupcakes are simply the best. And these look so pretty too. Love the little red sprinkles on top of the cream cheese frosting.

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Mmm these look perfect!

  • Krissy {Krissy's Creaions} says:

    These are beautiful Julie!!! Frosting is always the hardest part of learning for decorating cupcakes. But I know you’ll catch on super quick because these came out wonderful :)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Krissy! It means a lot from you, baking queen :)

  • Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious says:

    Aaaww, these look fabulous! And your frosting looks just fine! :) I am glad you enjoyed them. I am actually making them tomorrow for a co-worker’s anniversary :) Happy belated birthday!!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root} says:

    Great pictures and great-lookin cupcakes! Can tell you these will be a huge winner amongst friends on game day tomorrow!

  • A Brown Table says:

    Your cupcakes are gorgeous and your frosting skills are remarkable.

  • Mai Nguyen says:

    These look great! I long for the day that I can actually frost something presentable.

  • Baker Street says:

    Stunning. Cupcakes look divine.

  • Tracey says:

    I think your cupcakes look great, including the frosting!! I find half the battle with frosting cupcakes is starting with the right consistency for your frosting – it definitely makes it easier.

  • YellowTarts says:

    I was so excited to make because I’m a big fan of red velvet but the batter turned out a little oily which I didn’t pay attention too and then when they came out they were dry and didn’t really have a taste. I don’t know where I went wrong, but the frosting was great :)

  • Fran says:

    What brand of food colouring do u use?

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  • Annie says:

    Do u use granulated sugar or powdered sugar!?

    • Julie says:

      If I don’t specify like I did in the frosting section, it’s always granulated sugar. Hope you enjoy!

  • Carlyn says:

    Is the cocoa powder sweetened or not? These really look good and i’d really love to try them.

    • Julie says:

      Unsweetened cocoa powder

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