Recipe – Red Velvet Cupcakes

Recipe – Red Velvet Cupcakes

Anyone who knows me will know my immense love for dessert. Red velvet cupcakes are easily one of my favorites when it comes to dessert and today I thought I’d share my recipe with you.

Time taken: 2 hours

Yield: 24 large frosted cupcakes 


Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:

  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups of confectioner’s sugar or powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (or ¾ teaspoon baking soda and ¾ teaspoon baking powder)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cup oil
  • 3 medium sized eggs
  • 1¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1½ tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar (optional)

For the Frosting:

  • 450 grams/ 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks (2 tablespoons) white butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups sifted confectioner’s sugar (or use powdered sugar)



For the Cupcakes:

1. Pre heat the over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

2. Line two large cupcake pans with cupcake paper liners.

3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder (if used), salt and cocoa powder.

4. In a large bowl, gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar and vanilla extract.

5. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. (Be sure to beat gently and not over beat the mixture)

6. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake pans (that have already been lined) and make sure they’re 2/3rd filled.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

7. Bake them in the oven for around 20-22 minutes, turning the pans over half way through.

8. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick to check if they’re done baking.

9. Remove them from the oven and let them cool completely before frosting.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the Frosting:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until smooth (you could also use a mixer).
  2. Add the sugar and on beat on low speed until the sugar get dissolved.
  3. Beat at a higher speed now until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  4. Frost the cupcake with a butter knife or pipe it with a big star tip.

Red Velvet Cupcakes


  1. If you can’t find cream cheese, you could make it at home by mixing 200 grams of homemade paneer (cottage cheese) and 1-2 tablespoons of curd/yogurt and beating them in a mixer till the mixture is smooth.
  2. If you’re planning to make mini cupcakes, or fewer than 24 large cupcakes, you could just proportionately reduce the quantity of the ingredients listed above.

These red velvet cupcakes turned out to be moist and dense and I had a lot of fun baking (and eating) them! If you try out this recipe, I would love to see how they turned out. Do share pictures with me on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook or you could email them to me on


  • Tony Mathew

    Looks Yummy! And so lucidly explained, it looks very easy to bake. Will try out definitely. Any way you can send your cakes to Bangalore?

    • Thank you! 🙂
      They are quite easy to bake and don’t take too long either. Do share pictures with me if you try them out 🙂
      And I’d love to send them to you in Bangalore but I’m not sure that’s possible. Next time I’m visiting, will definitely bake some and get them for you. 🙂

  • Chaza

    Cup cakes look so yummy and moist. I love red velvet cup cakes. Going to try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

    • Thanks, I love red velvet cupcakes too! Hope they turn out well when you try the recipe. 🙂

  • Beautiful and yummy looking cupcakes! They look delish!

  • Roy Miller

    These are one of my wife and grandkids favorites. We will have to give them a try. Thank you for posting the recipe.

  • Candy Kage

    Can’t go wrong with red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting. I’ll take one right now.

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Red velvet cupcakes…. my weakness!

  • I love red velvet cupcakes, yum I want to eat some now. xx

    • Haha I’d like to eat them all day, everyday. 😀

  • Samantha Franklin

    These look delicious – I always read about red velvet cakes but have never actually tried them – pinned for later!

    • They’re actually easier to make than you’d think. You should try them out sometime. 🙂

  • Yulissa Rosario Santiago

    Red velvet is my favorite!!! Going to make these!!