Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

20 mins
3-4 servings
30 mins



Hey there, it's Chef Ajay here! I'm thrilled to share with you a delightful journey into the world of Red Velvet Cupcakes. Imagine this: it's Christmas morning, and the air is filled with excitement and anticipation. As I prepare to whip up a batch of these delectable treats, memories of Christmases past flood my mind. The aroma of cocoa and cream cheese frosting fills the kitchen, transporting me back to cherished moments spent with loved ones. Today, I invite you to join me on this culinary adventure as we infuse a classic recipe with a twist of creativity and festive flair.


Growing up, Red Velvet Cupcakes were a staple in our household during the holiday season. The rich, velvety texture and vibrant hue never failed to captivate my senses. Each bite was a symphony of flavors, evoking feelings of warmth and joy. It's incredible how a simple dessert can hold so much nostalgia and tradition, isn't it?


Now, as I embark on this baking endeavor, I can't help but reflect on the magic of Christmas and the joy of sharing homemade treats with loved ones. So, grab your apron and let's dive into the world of Red Velvet Cupcakes together!




Recipe of Red Velvet Cupcake




For the Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 12 drops vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp edible red food color
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar

For the Topping:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese
  • A few drops edible green food color





For Red Velvet Cupcakes:

  1. In a clean bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy, initially on medium speed and then gradually on high speed.

  2. Slowly incorporate buttermilk into the batter.

  3. Add one egg and mix on medium speed until completely blended.

  4. Fold in all the dry ingredients (maida, cocoa powder, baking powder) into the batter using the cut and fold method.

  5. Add vanilla essence and edible red food color, then fold them into the batter.

  6. Mix baking powder and vinegar in a separate bowl, then add it to the batter to make it more fluffy.

  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line cupcake molds with paper liners.

  8. Pour the batter into the paper cupcake molds and bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until done.

  9. Once baked, remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow them to cool.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar, then add cream cheese and continue mixing until smooth.

  2. Transfer the cream cheese frosting into a piping bag.

  3. Pipe the frosting over the cooled cupcakes.

For Christmas Tree Decoration:

  1. Place an inverted ice cream cone over each cupcake to resemble a Christmas tree.

  2. Cream together butter and sugar, then add edible green food color to achieve the desired color.

  3. Transfer the green buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

  4. Pipe dots of green buttercream all over the ice cream cone to resemble tree leaves.

  5. Decorate the Christmas trees with sparkles and sprinkles as desired.


Enjoy your festive Red Velvet Cupcakes with a delightful Christmas tree decoration!




About the Recipe:


Red Velvet Cupcakes are more than just a dessert—they're a symbol of celebration and tradition. Originating in the United States, these cupcakes are known for their striking red color and velvety texture, making them a popular choice for special occasions like Christmas.


In this recipe, we've added a unique twist by incorporating a homemade buttercream frosting and transforming the cupcakes into festive Christmas trees. The combination of rich cocoa flavor and creamy frosting creates a harmonious blend that's sure to delight your taste buds.


Whether you're a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is perfect for spreading holiday cheer and creating lasting memories with family and friends. So, go ahead, indulge in the magic of Christmas with these delightful Red Velvet Cupcakes!



Cooking Tips:


  1. Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that your butter, eggs, and buttermilk are at room temperature before starting the recipe. This will help achieve a smooth and creamy batter.

  2. Proper Mixing Technique: Use the "cut and fold" method when incorporating dry ingredients into the batter. This gentle mixing technique ensures that the cupcakes maintain their airy texture.

  3. Prevent Air Bubbles: Before baking, tap the filled cupcake molds gently on the countertop to remove any air bubbles trapped in the batter. This will result in evenly baked cupcakes with a smooth surface.

  4. Even Baking: Rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure that the cupcakes bake evenly. This will prevent any hot spots in the oven from causing uneven browning.

  5. Cooling Time: Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them. This will prevent the frosting from melting and ensure that it adheres to the cupcakes properly.



Pairing Guide:


Red Velvet Cupcakes pair wonderfully with a variety of beverages and accompaniments, making them a versatile dessert option for any occasion. Here are some pairing suggestions to elevate your cupcake experience:


  • Coffee: The rich, robust flavors of coffee complement the decadent cocoa notes in the cupcakes, creating a delightful contrast.

  • Milk: For a classic pairing, serve the cupcakes with a glass of cold milk. The creamy texture of the milk balances out the sweetness of the cupcakes, making for a satisfying treat.

  • Champagne: Elevate your dessert experience by pairing the cupcakes with a glass of champagne or sparkling wine. The effervescence of the wine cleanses the palate between bites, allowing you to fully savor the flavors of the cupcakes.

  • Fresh Berries: Garnish the cupcakes with fresh berries such as strawberries or raspberries for a pop of color and tangy sweetness. The vibrant flavors of the berries complement the rich cocoa flavor of the cupcakes beautifully.




Frequently Asked Questions about Red Velvet Cupcakes:


Q1: Can I use natural food coloring instead of artificial red food coloring?

A: Yes, you can use natural food coloring alternatives such as beetroot powder or raspberry puree to achieve a red hue in the cupcakes.

Q2: Can I substitute cream cheese frosting with buttercream frosting?

A: While traditional Red Velvet Cupcakes are paired with cream cheese frosting, you can certainly use buttercream frosting for a different flavor profile.

Q3: How do I store leftover cupcakes?

A: Store leftover cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Bring them to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

Q4: Can I freeze Red Velvet Cupcakes?

A: Yes, you can freeze unfrosted cupcakes for up to three months. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before frosting and serving.

Q5: Can I make mini cupcakes instead of regular-sized cupcakes?

A: Yes, you can adjust the baking time and fill mini cupcake molds accordingly to make mini Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Q6: How do I prevent my cupcakes from sinking in the middle?

A: To prevent cupcakes from sinking, avoid overmixing the batter and ensure that the oven is preheated to the correct temperature before baking. Additionally, do not open the oven door frequently while baking, as this can cause the cupcakes to collapse.

Q7: Can I use Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk in the recipe?

A: Yes, you can substitute buttermilk with an equal amount of Greek yogurt for a tangy flavor and moist texture in the cupcakes.

Q8: Can I omit the cocoa powder from the recipe?

A: While cocoa powder is a key ingredient in traditional Red Velvet Cupcakes, you can omit it if you prefer a lighter-colored cupcake with a milder flavor profile.

Q9: Can I use vegetable oil instead of butter in the recipe?

A: Yes, you can substitute melted vegetable oil for melted butter in the recipe. However, keep in mind that this may slightly alter the texture and flavor of the cupcakes.

Q10: How can I achieve a brighter red color in my cupcakes?

A: To achieve a vibrant red color, use a generous amount of red food coloring or opt for natural alternatives such as beetroot powder or concentrated beet juice. Adjust the amount based on your desired shade of red.