Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

11 May


I know – every blogger and her dog has done this recipe. That’s because these cupcakes are extra fantastic. It also helps that red is my very fav colour and they stand out from the pack.

There are many variations of this recipe and I used the most fabulous one from Joy the Baker. Her recipes are clear and concise and always work. 

Generally I’m not a fan of frosting [or icing as we all it in Australia] but when it comes to this cream cheese version I could eat my body weight. Sweet yet tart it is the perfect topping for these glorious little cakes.

Before you start ensure you have red gel food colouring. The cheap liquid stuff just won’t cut it and will leave a yucky taste in your mouth. It is availability from specialist cooking stores.


4 tablespoons diced unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2  tablespoons red food coloring

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1  1/2 teaspoons white vinegar


 Preheat oven to 180C and line a 12 hole pan with cupcake wrappers.

In bowl of electric mixer cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about three minutes).  Increase speed and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

In a small jug mix cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste.  

Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined.

With mixer on low speed slowly add half of the buttermilk then half the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and vinegar then increase speed and beat a few more minutes.

Place into wrappers and bake for 17-20 minutes/until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on wire rack, frost when .Image


CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: I used this recipe from – it is fluffy and yummy:



11 Responses to “Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting”

  1. kittenkirst May 12, 2012 at 8:37 am #

    These look very nice! Think I’ll give the cheese frosting a go this weekend x

    • thehungrymum May 12, 2012 at 9:27 am #

      Thank you! The frosting is a cinch to make and adds so much to the overall taste.

  2. nadia13dj May 13, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    They look delicious! Where did you get those nice cases from? They are so cute!


    • thehungrymum May 13, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Thank you! My mum bought them for me – she knows how much I love to bake. I’m in Sydney & I’ve similar in several homeware stores.

  3. Lovely Pantry May 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm #

    I love Red Velvet anything. My hips don’t love it though 🙂 This cream cheese frosting looks yum!

    • thehungrymum May 15, 2012 at 7:18 am #

      Oooh, I hear that! I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t enjoy eating cakes half as much as I enjoy baking them. Red velvet on the other hand… I could eat until the whole batch has gone :0

  4. Fae's Twist & Tango August 26, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    These are adorable! I love red velvet cakes especially with cream cheese frosting. Oh boy, all these goodies I want to make! Fae. 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

      Thanks Fae! They are so delish, can’t recommend them highly enough. And cream cheese frosting… drool…

  5. Jhuls August 18, 2013 at 5:23 am #

    Lovely cupcakes!! ❤

    • thehungrymum August 19, 2013 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks 🙂 I’m not much a cake eater but I adore real red velvet cake x

      • Jhuls August 19, 2013 at 8:09 am #

        Me, too! 🙂

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