February 18, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I decided to have a Valentine's day themed party for friends. It gave me an excuse to make an abundance of delicious baked goods and to have my friends get together on a Sunday afternoon! I displayed all of the desserts on one table and made little signs that said what each dessert was. I knew I had to make red velvet cupcakes because of their festive red color and because they are a favorite among my friends. You can never go wrong with red velvet cupcakes, especially when they are topped with a swirl of cream cheese frosting!

6 ounces butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
2 to 3 tbsp. red food coloring gel
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar until smooth.

Add vanilla and eggs. Add red food coloring until desired red color is achieved.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.

Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternating with buttermilk, until just combined.

Line pan with cupcake liners and fill 2/3 full with batter.

Bake 15 minutes.

Transfer to cooling rack and allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature before decorating.

8 ounces softened cream cheese
8 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 cups sifted powdered sugar 

Cream butter, vanilla, and cream cheese until fluffy.

Gradually sift in the powdered sugar, adding until desired sweetness is achieved.

Pipe onto completed cupcakes.

Garnish cupcakes with fresh raspberry and sprinkles.

Yields 12 frosted cupcakes.



  1. Your cupcakes look so attractive! And oh my, what a lay out! I made these cupcakes for my family for Valentines Day too. You definitely can't go wrong... especially with the frosting! A treat for sure!

  2. That looks like so much fun! And red velvet cupcakes are easily in my top 5 favorite desserts :)

  3. Truly pretty cupcakes! Perfect for a post-Valentine's gift. The frosting is a sure charmer! ;)

  4. ahh these are beautiful and i can't think of a better valentine's day recipe. super yummy!

  5. I'm baking with 2 of the upcoming IX's today. For Jubilee, they bid on a day of baking with me and won :). They asked for red velvet cake and cheesecake so we're using your recipes (oreo cheesecake) and I'm introducing them to your blog.


    1. How fun! And I always enjoy getting new followers :)