This is a recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. A perfect dessert for Valentines Day, or any day as far as that goes.
I love red velvet, but have never attempted to make it. I had no idea you need three bottles of red food coloring to get that rich red chocolate.
I’m not a regular frosting fan, but I love a cream cheese version. This combination is divine and for step by step how-to, please head over to her post on these cupcakes. You’ll be glad you did. What a great treat for Valentine’s Day.
Recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa not Dutch processed
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups canola oil
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- 3 ounces red food coloring
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 16 ounces cream cheese cold
- 12 tablespoons butter at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 cups powdered sugar sifted
- Preheat oven to 350º. Put paper liners in three 12 count muffin tins.
- Whisk flour, cocoa and salt together in bowl.
- Beat oil and sugar in an electric mixer on medium till well blended. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Lower mixer speed to low (you don’t want any splashing!), and carefully add the red food coloring. Add vanilla, then alternate flour with buttermilk, starting with half the flour, then half the buttermilk, the rest of the flour, then ending with buttermilk. Scrape down the bowl, then mix just briefly till combined.
- Place baking soda and vinegar in a dish and stir to combine. Add to batter with mixer running. Beat for just 10 seconds.
- Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 25-30 minutes or till cake tester comes out clean. Let cool slightly, then remove from pans. Cool completely before icing.
- For frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla just till blended. Add powdered sugar slowly (2 cups at a time) and beat till frosting is smooth and at the correct consistency. You may find you prefer more or less powdered sugar than called for. Makes 4 cups.
Red Velvet Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting …They’re what’s for Red Dessert.
Why Trust These Recipes? Lea Ann Brown has lived, worked and played in Colorado for 45 years. She has immersed herself in the Colorado Culinary space, is a Culinary School Graduate and publishes her Colorado food Blog, Cooking On The Ranch.