the perfect red velvet cupcake.


my sweet husband doesn't like cupcakes generally, and he had 4 of these.

I researched red velvet cupcakes (because that's a normal thing to do on a sunday, really.) I found a lot of really bad recipes. Not enough cocoa powder, too much coloring, falling flat, lacking taste, & staining your fingers until next week.

Until I found one. I made a few alterations & I was pleased with the outcome.

the best, i swear, red velvet cupcakes:

You'll need:
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (Be gracious with the cocoa.)
2 oz. red food coloring (two bottles)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins or silicone pans with cupcake liners.

2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a smaller bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.

4. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Be careful as it will fizz so don't do it in a shallow bowl. Add vinegar mixture to the cake batter and stir well to combine. Fill cupcake cups with cake batter until they are a little under 3/4 full. I ended up with 20 cupcakes. Place muffin tins in your preheated oven. Bake for approximately 20, rotating pans halfway through. The cupcakes are done when you are able to pat the tops and the cake springs back up. If it sinks down they are not yet complete. Or you can insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake in the center of the tin and if it comes out clean they are done!

5. Cool the cupcakes in their tins on a wire rack for 10 minutes then remove and allow to cool completely before frosting.

*recipe found here

The perfect cream cheese frosting: (Half this recipe. It's more than enough.)

You'll need:
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound butter, room temperature
2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Whip the butter and cream cheese together in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until creamed.

2. Gradually add powdered sugar to the mixture and scrape down the bowl as needed.

3.Add the vanilla and mix until combined. The frosting can be used right away, or stored in the refrigerator up to a week.

4. Frost cooled cupcakes with the cream cheese frosting.

*recipe found here


  1. Awe they look so lovely I want to eat it through my screen!

  2. Are these the cupcakes from tonight? Because I ate 3...


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