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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

This was the first red velvet cupcake I have ever baked and eaten and I am in love!  This cupcake is steadily becoming one of my most popular, as the last 3 functions that I baked for ALL asked for my red velvet!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Swah


Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • 120 g butter room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups caster sugar
  • 4 tsp cocoa
  • 4 tsp red food colouring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 240 ml buttermilk or add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to normal milk
  • cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp white wine vinegar

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 4-5 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 100 g butter at room temperature
  • 250 g cream cheese at room temperature


Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line 24 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Cream the butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl mix the vanilla extract, cocoa powder and red food colouring into a paste. Add the paste to the creamed mixture.
  • Add half the buttermilk and mix until combined, followed by half of the flour and baking powder. Mix until incorporated and then add the remainder of the buttermilk and flour and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar and continue mixing for another 5 minutes until combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tin and fill approximately 3/4 full.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes slightly spring back when touched.
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool slightly in their tin before turning out onto a wire rack

Cream Cheese Icing

  • Cream the butter and icing sugar together until well mixed.
  • Add the cream cheese in cubes slowly until incorporated. Continue mixing for 5 minutes until the icing is light and fluffy.
  • Spoon icing into a piping bag and pipe swirls onto the cooled cupcakes.


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  • Reply Casey March 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Red velvet cupcakes are my favouriteeeeeee!! yum yum swah. Can we cook these at your baking lesson?? xx
    I love your blog.

    • Reply Swah March 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

      Oooh yes Casey we will definitely make these at my baking lesson, cannot wait!

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