Valentine's Day

Red velvet cupcake

February  2, 2015
9 Ratings
  • Makes 12 cupcakes
Author Notes

Red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting —Oh Sweet Day!

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 piece egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup freshly brewed hot espresso
  • 2 packets 8-ounce cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.
  3. In a standing mixer with a paddle attachment, mix oil, sugar and egg until well combined.
  4. Mix in buttermilk, vanilla extract and food coloring paste, followed by vinegar and espresso.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until just blended.
  6. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely.
  7. To prepare cream cheese frosting, place cream cheese and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  8. Frost the cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting. Garnish with cake crumbs.

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6 Reviews

Agnes February 18, 2020
I made this and it was wonderful! The batter is definitely more than the 12 it states. the cakes are moist and fluffy. I added vanilla to my icing and butter but other than that - YUM!
weyams December 10, 2018
In an attempt to be fair to the author, there is something way out of balance with this recipe. I baked professionally for many years and the balance of dry to wet is off. I wasted time and money and had to throw all 24 cupcakes in the garbage. I have never been so disappointed other than if I burn something. Also, cupcakes need to be hit with high heat to get a dome, not 325. Do not make this recipe!!!
Thobzaz October 14, 2021
I think it's the 1tsp of baking soda and 1tsp baking powder. Usually one would do
gjh February 14, 2016
Not great. Something is off in the measurements. Will not make again.
meganotoole April 8, 2015
I think the ingredient list is incomplete! The directions say to add vinegar and vanilla however they aren't soecified in the ingredient list. Bummer.
Oh S. April 8, 2015
Sorry for the confusion. The ingredient list was corrected.