Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I’ve only tried red velvet cake once in my life. It was on my last birthday at an adorable and well-known bakery in Chicago. The cream cheese frosting was yummy but I wasn’t impressed with the cupcake itself. If you’re not wowed then it really isn’t worth the calories, right?

Red velvet cake is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert. Every year the box mixes seem to sell out quickly; it has become really trendy. I wanted to be a part of it. When it took me 3 grocery stores to find red food coloring I thought to myself, “these better be worth it”.

The chic bakery cupcakes had nothing on mine, and I practically made a dozen for the price I paid for one. They were fluffy and moist. And the cream cheese was a perfect match for the cake. I’m officially in love with red velvet.

Hop on the bandwagon and make these for your sweetie ;)

Note: We opted for mini cupcakes therefore reduced our baking time to 12-15 minutes. Ours were ready in 12 minutes.  Recipe as shown makes 1 dozen standard cupcakes; we got 2 dozen minis and several standard size ones too.

Red Velvet Cupcakes Ingredients

Here's what you'll need

Red Food Dye

Combine food coloring, cocoa and vanilla

Red Velvet Paste

Mix together to form a thick paste

Creamed Butter

Cream butter and sugar; add egg

Incorporate Paste with Creamed Butter

Add paste. And yes my fingers are full of red food coloring

Add Flour Mixture

Alternately add buttermilk and flour. Then add salt, soda and vinegar

Pour Batter

Fill cups 3/4 full

Cream Cheese Frosting

While the cupcakes bake, start creaming the butter and cream cheese for your frosting

Add Confectioners' Sugar

Add vanilla then gradually the confectioners' sugar

Removing Cupcakes from Oven

Out of the oven and almost ready to frost

Cupcakes on Cooling Rack

Place cupcakes on a cooling rack

Sprinkle the Cupcakes

Sprinkles were the perfect touch

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

We put an extra cupcake in the food processor and used the crumbs to sprinkle on top

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Happy Valentine's Day!