Drape yourself in Red Velvet. Red Velvet Cupcakes that is! There’s no denying that these are the perfect cupcakes to celebrate the Holidays with.
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Red Velvet Cupcakes are one of my favorite cupcake flavors and this is definitely the time of year to make them. Their vibrant red color make them the perfect cupcake for Christmas and Valentines Day.
Some people think of the scene from the movie Steel Magnolias when they eat Red Velvet Cake. That Red Velvet Armadillo Cake was definitely interesting though I’m not sure it painted a very appetizing picture for the delectable treat.
When I eat Red Velvet Cake I immediately think of George Costanza. Seinfeld was one of my favorite sit coms in the 90’s and still is today. (They don’t make em like they used to!) One of my favorite episodes was when George was dating a woman who was uninterested in outer appearance and told him that “He could drape himself in velvet for all she cared. ” So he did! I bet George would have loved these Red Velvet Cupcakes too! I bet he’d even eat any let over bits right out of the garbage!
If you’re unfamiliar with what flavor Red Velvet is it’s basically a moist and velvety textured cake with a hint of cocoa. It’s not vanilla. It’s not chocolate. It’s something somewhere between the two with the addition of red food coloring to give it that vibrant red color. Moist, delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes topped with a tangy creamy dollop of Cream Cheese Frosting. The perfect cupcake for your Holiday party!
Red Velvet Cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 Cups All-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoons Baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/8 Cup Cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 Cups Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable oil or canola oil
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted butter melted
- 2 Large eggs
- 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
- 1/2 Tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoons Vanilla extract
- 1/4 1 ounce jar Red color food paste I use Wilton's no taste red to prevent giving the cupcakes a bitter flavor
For the cream cheese frosting
- 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese softened
- 2 Sticks Unsalted butter softened
- 3-4 Cups Confectioner Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 Degrees F. Line standard cupcake tin with cupcake liners. I got about 16 cupcakes from this recipe.
For the cupcakes
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
- In a large bowl mix together the sugar oil and melted butter with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Scrape sides with a spatula as you mix.
- Add eggs one at a time and mix to incorporate. Mix in vinegar and vanilla.
- Add half of the dry ingredients, mix well and then add half of the buttermilk and mix.
- Repeat adding remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.
- Add the red food coloring and mix until color is incorporated.
- Fill each cupcake liner with 1/4 cup of batter. Place on middle rack of preheated oven and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting
For the cream cheese frosting
- In a large mixing bowl whip butter and cream cheese together for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. (Make sure they are both softened or it will be lumpy)
- Add 3 cups of confectioner sugar and mix well. If frosting still seems soupy add more confectioner sugar until a spreadable consistency is achieved.
- Add vanilla and mix well.
- Spread or pipe onto your cooled cupcakes.
I gave my Red Velvet Cupcakes a little festive sparkle with these cute Easy Christmas Cupcake Decorations!
Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect any time of year but they are an absolute must make this time of year!