Monday, February 21, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream

I adapted this recipes from Brown Eyed Baker, (originally from "The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook").
I love this recipes so much. The cake is so moist, light and fluffy, and the cream cheese buttercream is just perfect!
Very good! Yum!!

Cupcake Recipe

Make 10 to 12 cupcakes

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
2½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons liquid red food coloring (= 1/2 tsp food color gel + 3 TBSP water)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake pan with liners.

2. On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

5. Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar. Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.

6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean.

 7. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Buttercream
enough for 12 cupcakes

4 ounces butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Using the whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary.
*Note: This recipe can be doubled to make an 8 or 9-inch layer cake.


  1. I love red velvet cupcakes! And yours look so yummy!

  2. Everything you make looks above average in beauty!

  3. Your cupcakes looks delicious and perfectly moist! :) Thanks for sharing.


  4. Your cupcakes look fabulous. I bet they were really tasty. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog until tomorrow night and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcakes up.

  5. Thank you so much for this wonderful red velvet recipe! I doubled the ingredients to make a layer cake with slightly different frosting (, and it turned out exactly as I had hoped! Everyone loved it and kept remarking about how fluffy the cake was. I'll be saving this recipe for sure. :)

  6. I am so glad to hear that you liked this recipe, Sam! I love this recipe so much too, they are so moist and fluffy!

  7. I didn't find these to be as moist as I hoped :( but thanks anyways.

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