This recipe will show you how to make the best red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from scratch that melts in your mouth. Perfect for Valentine’s Day treats, Christmas parties, birthdays, or any time during the year to fill your red velvet cupcake craving! You won’t be able to stop with just one! Yields: 24 cupcakes
Red velvet is a popular cake flavor and these red velvet cupcakes are to die for! The cupcake is moist, has that cocoa flavor, and has melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese frosting.
I seem to be known for my red velvet cupcakes. Not only did I bring them for each semester we completed of clinical in nursing school, but somehow, it also became a tradition that I have brought them arranged in a basket to every memorial and funeral service I attend. My in-laws also love red velvet cupcakes so they get made several times a year, just because!
Needless to say, these cupcakes are classic and they’re perfect for gatherings, birthdays, baby or wedding showers, holidays, and all celebrations!
What is Red Velvet?
Red velvet is a cake that has been mixed with cocoa, white vinegar, and buttermilk.
What Makes it Red?
Traditionally, the cake was mixed with beetroot that gave it a rich red color to enhance the darker maroon color from the cocoa being mixed.
These days, most have steered away from beets in their red velvet cake recipe, and instead opt for red food coloring to give the cake vibrancy.
Ingredients for Red Velvet Cupcakes
- Granulated Sugar
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- White Vinegar
- Cake Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Red Food Coloring
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
- My favorite melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese frosting recipe!
What tip do you use for decorating cupcakes?
How do you pipe a cupcake?
Cakes by Lynz’s piping tutorials on YouTube are great for beginners. She explains the basics of cupcake decorating and how to get started with piping frosting. She has other great videos on all different kinds tips and tricks.
Pro Tip: Oil & Butter
I have tried making red velvet cupcakes with only butter and the cake turns out so much drier. Oil adds noticeable moisture to the cupcakes while butter adds in its own buttery rich flavor. It’s best to use a mixture of both oil and butter for this cake batter.