The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes Ever!


Author Notes:

Super fluffy & moist but still light. Not too sweet, just a hint of cocoa powder, & a gorgeous red color. Finished w/ cream cheese frosting!

Three Hungry Bellies

Serves: 12
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 16 min

Ingredients

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon red dye
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 5 ounces oil
  • 4 ounces buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 ounces cake flour
  • 5.25 ounces sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In This Recipe

Directions

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl combine the cocoa powder, red dye, and vinegar until a paste forms.
  3. In a large bowl combine the oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla.
  4. To the bowl with all the wet ingredients add in the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix until the everything is just incorporated.
  5. Next, add in the red paste and mix until the batter turns a beautiful red color and the paste is fully incorporated.
  6. Using a cupcake tray, place in your favorite cupcake liners and evenly divide the batter into 12 cupcakes.
  7. Bake for 16 mins and let the cupcake cool in the pan!

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a standing mixer beat the cream cheese to make sure there are no lumps.
  2. Then add in the butter, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Beat on medium high until super fluffy! (Approx 10 minutes.)

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