Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Red Velvet With Cream Cheese Frosting


My favorite cupcake flavor is Red Velvet. My father sent me a link to an article talking about what is supposed to go into a true Southern Red Velvet cupcake. The article can be found here.

Here is the recipe:

Paula Deen’s Red Velvet Cupcakes from Food Network

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder ( I used dark chocolate for fun)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.

Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes (mine took 18), turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish ( I did not do this)

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.

Garnish with chopped pecans, fresh raspberry or strawberry, or sprinkles.

Notes: I halved the recipe to only make 12. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder just too see how it would taste. They are awesome! This is a great recipe! These only took 18 minutes in my oven, so keep your eyes on them.


  1. Oh these sound yummy. I LOVE cream cheese frosting!

  2. We LOVE red velvet cake and we also LOVE cream cheese frosting. I hope we can make these this weekend!

  3. These sound fantastic, I can't wait to try making them! I posted about them Here: