I haven’t worn red velvet since I was a very young teenager in an early 90s wedding party (yikes! also, thank goodness!)
For the past few years, cupcake shops have popped up left and right and I’ve tried everything from gourmet bakeries to food trucks (and even a vending machine.) I learned pretty quickly that unless it was a champagne cupcake or a red velvet cupcake, they mostly just tasted like sugar. Not a single one of those cupcakes ever satisfied my craving for the decadent taste of a red velvet cupcake with a perfect cream cheese frosting. I hate the “if I want something done right, I have to do it myself” mentality, but gosh darnit! I was bound and determined to find the perfect red velvet cupcake recipe. I scoured the internet (thanks google,) grabbed a few boxed cake mixes (I know, the horror, right?! Just kidding, I love food, but I’m not a snob, I love boxed cake mixes and darn if they aren’t easy!) and started trialing-and-erroring my way through recipes. In a single day I had baked myself ten dozen red velvet cupcakes; I threw away at least half. Save yourself the trouble and trust me when I say this is the best red velvet cupcake recipe out there (at least my taste buds think so.) I also happened to stumble upon an incredible added ingredient to take your cream cheese frosting to a whole new level: brown sugar!
Can I just say that I would never, ever make a cake from scratch if I didn’t have my Kitchen-Aid stand mixer? I got one from my aunts and uncles as a wedding gift, a white tilt-head 4 quart stand mixer that was a thing of beauty. Years (and children) later, I upgraded to a 6 quart lift stand mixer and haven’t looked back (although I would love to have a glass bowl attachment!) I think a stand mixer is a must-have kitchen tool. It’s an investment, but a good one! My kitchen-aid stand mixer has seen countless chocolate chip cookies, delicious breads and pizza doughs and of course, lots of red velvet cupcakes! You can shop my favorite kitchen tools over on my SHOP page!
Yes, I added a blueberry because my imagination was taking a nap (you try baking ten dozen red velvet cupcakes) so my photography skills were, um, not up to par:
The Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe
The best red velvet cupcake recipe you will ever try!
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Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Total Carbohydrates 23g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 8 Tbsp butter, softened
- 1 1/2 C sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 Tbsp cocoa powder (not dutch-processed!)
- 1 Tbsp red food coloring gel (that's important!)
- 4 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 C buttermilk
- 2 1/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp distilled white vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners (paper or aluminum.)
- Cream the butter and sugar until fully mixed.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on high until fully incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together cocoa, red food coloring gel and water to create a thick paste. Add the paste to the butter mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl as the paste incorporates into the batter.
- Combine flour and salt in separate bowl; slowly add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating as you go. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.
- Sprinkle baking soda over batter, then pour in white vinegar - the combination should cause an instant reaction (bubbling!) and stir that into the batter until combined.
- Spoon batter into each liner, about 2/3 full. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes (I have an awesome conventional electric oven.)
- I use the red food coloring gel - it's super concentrated, but will dye the heck out of everything you touch (like when I accidentally spilled it all down my kitchen cabinet, which is now a lovely shade of red honey oak!) I got mine from Hobby Lobby, but I bet any craft store that sells baking supplies (think Wilton) will also have it.
Adapted from joythebaker.com
Adapted from joythebaker.com
Pretty, Polished, Perfect. http://prettypolishedperfect.com/
This recipe was suggested to me by @HowSweetBlog.
Anyway, these cupcakes make my taste buds go:
|(photo courtesy of my 5 year old)|
Have you got a recipe for Red Velvet you think I should try?
p.s. Have you seen the Seinfeld episode in which George decides he is going to wear velvet every day? Don’t do it. Especially not in purple.