Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcake recipe with Cream Cheese frosting

I have never been a lover of red velvet cake. I guess I didn’t understand the love some of you feel about red velvet. However, having made them into cupcakes,  I am now smitten. If you can be smitten with a cupcake. I think eating 4 of them is love. Yes? Plus, they are red and perfect for 4th of July, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas. So I knew I had to find a way to love this cake!

I had visions of making some marshmallow fondant and coloring it red and blue and then cutting out stars. But that didn’t happen today. I was too busy eating cupcakes. And what’s the point in going through all that trouble when these cupcakes are amazing without the fondant stars? Besides, there are only a couple cupcakes left at this point

Just kidding. Don’t fret mom. I have plenty of cupcakes to bring this weekend. And caramel corn. And chocolate covered pretzels. And berry bark. Plenty I tell ya!

So go ahead. Take a bite. It looks yummy, right?

I took a bite for you too.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes


For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 5 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  1. For the cupcakes, sift dry ingredients. I don’t usually follow that step in other recipes, but it’s important in this one!
  2. In mixer, blend oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, vinegar and food coloring until combined. Slowly add in dry ingredients.
  3. Pour 2/3rd full into cupcake liners. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18 minutes (or 10 minutes for mini muffin, or 30 minutes for two-9inch cakes).
  4. For the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add in remaining ingredients and beat until creamy and desired consistency. Add in more milk if needed.

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24 comments on “Red Velvet Cupcakes”

  1. Red velvet ANYTHING is my favorite 🙂 Yum!

  2. 🙂 laughing…me too, the thought of so much red food coloring has always kind of made me shy away from red velvet cake. But those look amazing! I think I’ll give them a try!

  3. I have been craving red velvet cupcakes! Yours just makes me want one even more!

  4. Super festive for the 4th. I found you from Paisley Passions linky. I hope you can swing by Momtrends and share this treat.

  5. I’m not a big fan of red velvet, but these cupcakes are adorable! And my sister loves red velvet cake…maybe I can surprise her with these for her birthday. 🙂

  6. LOL Aimee. What a dainty little bite you took.

  7. My name is Ali and I am from Child Protection Services.

    I was alerted by a reader that your children have ingested food coloring. Did you know the risks …..



  8. Oh my goodness. THESE ARE SO PERFECT. LOVE it. I wish I had an oven so I could make these 😀

  9. Love your red velvet cupcakes. So pretty and festive. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  10. Love red velvet cake – even better in portable form! Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next week!

  11. Hi! These look so good! I am a new follower!I would love it if you stopped by blog, take a look around and if you like what you see, follow me back! Thanks!
    Have a great holiday!

  12. Great looking recipe. Perfect for the 4th. I love cupcakes. They are my new thing!

  13. Red velvet is a favorite in my family. Those look awesome. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  14. I’m with you — never really been a huge fan of Red Velvet cake, largely because of the massive quantities of red food coloring. Some recipes call for 1 to 2 bottles! Eeek! Your recipe sounds great! Love the buttermilk and the scant amount of gel food color.

  15. Oh my, these look delicious! Love the addition of the buttermilk.

    You’re more than welcome to link this and any other cupcake related post you have at the month long Cupcake Link Party!


  16. My friend asked for red velvet cupcakes for her birthday and I remembered that you had shared your recipe on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” a while back. I pulled up the feature, printed your recipe, and now have the cupcakes in the oven. Thanks again so much !


  17. Jenn- great memory! Enjoy the cupcakes!

  18. Mmmm…. scrumdidillyumphcios!

  19. What delicious looking cupcakes! Red velvet is good any time of the year…pinned!

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