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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Vibrant, moist, and topped with homemade Cream Cheese Frosting, this Red Velvet Cupcake recipe is the decadent treat you're looking for. The perfect Valentine’s Day treat to share with your sweetie!
Servings 16 cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For Cupcakes

  • 1 1/3 cups Cake flour spooned & leveled
  • 2 tbsp Natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp  Clabber Girl® Baking Soda 
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted butter softened to room temp
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Oil Canola or vegetable
  • 1 tbsp Liquid red food coloring
  • 1 tsp Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Distilled white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup Buttermilk

For Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter softened
  • 1 8 oz block of cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract


For cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two standard 12-count muffin pans with 16 cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the cake flour and cocoa powder together, then whisk in the baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and mix until fully combined, then mix in the oil, red food coloring, vanilla extract, and vinegar, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients in three additions alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Make sure to mix in each addition until just combined and be careful not to over mix the batter.
  • Evenly distribute the batter between all 16 cupcake liners in the prepared muffin pans, only filling each one about halfway full.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Carefully remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting:

  • Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and continue mixing until fully combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe the frosting on top.


Frosted cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing instructions: Cupcakes will freeze well for up to 3 months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature. Frosting will also freeze for up to three months, thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature and mix well before frosting the cupcakes.
Buttermilk substitute: Measure out 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup, fill with milk to the 2/3 cup line, stir well, and set aside for 10 minutes. 
  • When measuring your cake flour, avoid scooping it from the container with your measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour around, spoon it into your measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife.
  • We recommend using cake flour in this recipe, as it will produce the softest and fluffiest cupcake.
  • You can freeze both the cupcakes and the cream cheese frosting in separate containers. Be sure to store both in airtight, freezer-safe containers to prevent freezer burn. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, cake, cream cheese, cupcake, red velvet, sweets, Valentine's Day
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