Sunday, April 5, 2009

red velvet cupcakes

On Wednesday, my friend Bonnie (who shares the same love for baking) came over to make red velvet cupcakes. It was the first time either of us made the recipe so it was very exciting! We had barely enough red food coloring so our cupcakes weren't the deep red you normally see red velvet but I'm sure our cupcakes could not have tasted any better!
here's the recipe we used:

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 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

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


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, 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:

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 and a fresh raspberry or strawberry.

Happy baking, everyone =)


Gerisa said...

I've always wanted to make a red velvet cake :)

They look so beautiful! I can't wait to try out the recipe, thanks Mere!

Yuka said...

Looks so yummy! :D
Did you know Zipper likes strawberry too? yum, yum...

meredith cheng - munaluna said...

thank you, ladies! I don't think there's any way you can mess up these cupcakes - next it's red velvet mini-cupcakes!!

Gerisa - I can't wait until you try this recipe - I know you love to bake so when you decide to make these cupcakes, do share your photos!

Yuka - Zipper likes strawberry?! How about strawberry flavored cupcakes? =)