Red Velvet Cupcakes

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These Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are delicious, rich, and perfectly sweet to match their beautiful appearance. Moist and fluffy red velvet cake batter with a deep cocoa flavor is perfectly balanced by a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles on top in these Valentine’s Day cupcakes. Brought to us by AheadOfThyme.

Red Velvet Cupcakes


For the red velvet cupcakes:

1 ⅓ cups (170 grams) all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon Dutch cocoa powdersifted

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup (56 grams) unsalted buttersoftened

⅔ cup (133 grams) granulated sugar

2 large eggsat room temperature

⅓ cup (74 grams) vegetable oil

½ cup (120 grams) full-fat sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon red gel food coloring

½ teaspoon white vinegar

For the cream cheese frosting:

1 block (8 ounces/250 grams) cream cheeseat room temperature

½ cup (114 grams) unsalted buttersoftened

3 ½ cups (420 grams) confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

2-3 tablespoons red and pink sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-tin muffin pan with cupcake liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.

In a separate large mixing bowl, add the softened butter and sugar, then beat together with an electric hand mixer (or use a stand mixer) for 4-5 minutes on high, until light and fluffy.

Add in eggs and beat until well-combined. Next, add in oil, sour cream, vanilla, red food colouring, and vinegar, then beat again until combined and smooth.

Add the whisked dry ingredients into the bowl, then beat on low speed until just combined and smooth.

Divide the batter into the 12 cupcake liners. You can use a cookie scoop to easily add the batter to the liners.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Make the cream cheese frosting:

In a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat together the butter and cream cheese at medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy. (You can also beat in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer)

Scrape the sides of the bowl, then gradually add in confectioners’ sugar in small additions, beating on low between each addition and scraping at the sides.

Add vanilla and salt. Turn stand mixer to high speed and beat for 2-3 minutes.

Transfer the frosting into a large piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip. Carefully pipe the frosting in a classic swirl pattern onto each cupcake. Start in the center and move in a circular pattern closer to the edges, then move up and back towards the center. 

Top each cupcake with sprinkles and serve.

Rachel Caple

Rachel Caple has more than 18 years of experience in mortgage banking industry. Residing in Castle Rock, CO. Rachel spends her spare time with her husband, Sean and 4 boys. She also enjoys traveling, attending hockey games, and playing golf (or attempting to).

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