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Red Velvet Cupcakes

There’s just something about red velvet cake that makes any occasion more festive. Whip up these perfect Red Velvet Cupcakes and everyone gets their very own cake!

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cupcake should be extremely moist with a tender and fluffy crumb.
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cream Cheese Frosting, Cup Cakes, Desssert, Red Velvet, Red Velvet Cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Servings: 24



  • 3 ½ cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. Cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. Table salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. Instant espresso powder


  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 cups Vegetable oil
  • 2 oz. Red food color
  • 1 ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract


  • 1 ½ cups Buttermilk 
  • 1 ½ tsp. White vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl; set aside.
  • Blend sugar and eggs in a bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until ribbons form, about 5 minutes. With mixer running, add oil in a stream until blended. Mix in food color and vanilla until incorporated.
  • Mix half the dry ingredients into butter mixture, followed by the buttermilk and vinegar, then remaining dry ingredients; blend just until incorporated.
  • Fill liners to the top with batter and bake until a toothpick inserted in centers of cupcakes comes out clean, 20–25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan 20 minutes, transfer to a rack to cool completely. Frost with Classic White Icing.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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