Red Velvet Cupcakes

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    Total Time
    1hr 10mins
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based on 14 ratings

A classic recipe for rich, moist and very colorful cupcakes ... top with our easy Cream Cheese Frosting.

recipe updated Mar 26, 2020


  • All purpose flour icon
    All purpose flour
    250 g (about 2 cups)
  • Cocoa powder icon
    Cocoa powder
    2 tbsp (about 11.1 g)
  • Baking powder icon
    Baking powder
    2 tsp (about 10 g)
  • Baking soda icon
    Baking soda
    ½ tsp (about 2.33 g)
  • Unsalted butter icon
    Unsalted butter
    100 g (about ½ cup)
  • Granulated sugar icon
    Granulated sugar
    200 g (about 1 cup)
  • Food coloring icon
    Food coloring
    2 tsp (about 8.8 g)
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    1 tsp (about 4.4 g)
  • Egg icon
    1 (about 50 g)
  • Buttermilk icon
    180 g (about ¾ cup)
  • Apple cider vinegar icon
    Apple cider vinegar
    5 g (about 1 tsp)


  • kCook icon Stand mixer
  • kCook icon Whisk
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Muffin pan - 12-hole
  • kCook icon Stand mixer bowl

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 175°C
  2. Line 2 clean muffin pans
  3. Add all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda to a clean medium bowl
  4. Whisk briefly until combined
  5. Add unsalted butter and granulated sugar to a clean stand mixer bowl
  6. Cream together until light and fluffy
  7. Add food coloring and vanilla extract to the batter
  8. Mix well
  9. Transfer dry ingredients to batter
  10. Add egg to the batter and mix
  11. Add buttermilk and apple cider vinegar to the batter
  12. Mix briefly until just combined
  13. Transfer batter to 2 muffin pans
  14. Bake until skewer tests clean - 20 min, 175°C
  15. Let cool completely
  16. Frost with piping bag
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