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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Serves 20

4.78 from 18 votes
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert, American
Cuisine: American



  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar caster (superfine)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp red liquid food dye


  • 2 batches Cream cheese frosting



  • Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C / 275°F or a conventional oven to 160°C / 320°F. Line two cupcake tins with white cupcake liners.
  • Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt to a large mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with an electric hand mixer until well combined.
  • Next, add the eggs, oil, buttermilk, vanilla and red food dye and continue mixing on low speed until everything is well combined. Scrape down the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds on low speed.
  • Scoop the batter into your cupcake liners, filling them halfway. Using an ice-cream scoop to transfer the batter to the cupcake liners makes this a quick and easy process, and ensures each liner contains exactly the same amount of batter and that the cupcakes will bake evenly. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a cupcake comes out clean. The cupcakes will look shiny and moist on top when they’re ready. If they bounce and don’t sink when you touch them, they’re done. Take care not to overbake these cupcakes because they can dry out quickly, and red velvet cupcakes should be moist and delicate. Once baked, set them aside on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  • These cupcakes are perfectly paired with my cream cheese frosting. Fit the end of a piping bag with whichever piping tip you like and frost a swirl on top.


Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Cupcakes are best served the day after they’re made.


Calories : 203kcal
Carbonhydrates: 27g
Protein: 3g
Fat: 10g
Saturated Fat: 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat : 0.1g
Trans Fat : 0.1g
Cholesterol: 26mg
Sodium: 181mg
Potassium : 53mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar : 16g
Vitamin A: 60IU
Vitamin C: 0.1mg
Calcium: 47mg
Iron: 1mg
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