Red Velvet Cupcakes

These are one of the most best-tasting cupcakes I have ever eaten. It was my first ever try of red velvet cupcakes, and they taste amazing. I got it from Joy of Baking, so I’ll make sure to look at more recipes from their website, and you should too!


1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1/4 cup butter

3/4 cups sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tbsp. red food coloring

1/2 tsp. white distilled vinegar

1/2 tsp. baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder.

3. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.

4. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.

5. In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 

6. Working quickly, divide the batter evenly among the 12  muffin cups and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 18 – 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

7. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes and them remove from pan. Let cool completely before frosting (optional: make cream cheese icing to make the cupcakes taste even better).


March 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Cupcakes.


  1. madhealthnut replied:

    I LOVE red velvet cake/cupcakes you name it; therefore I got super excited when I saw this post because I have been looking for a good recipe to try.

    • mostlydesserts replied:

      Haha your welcome, I love this recipe (:. Before this, I only tried red velvet once; it was okay, nothing special. So when I had a valentine’s day party, I decided to make them since they’re red, and they tasted much better with so much more flavour than the ones I tried before. They were the biggest hit at the party! I got many compliments on the cream cheese icing, too (:. Try it out if you want!

      • madhealthnut replied:

        I will! I’m thinking about making some for my mom for mothers day since she loves red velvet as well.
        Thanks again :)

      • mostlydesserts replied:

        Your welcome! I hope i can bake for my mom too.. But i might be on vacation so i may have no time;/

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