The Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe Ever

The Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe Ever

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

I have been trying quite a few red velvet cake recipes, and i have to say that this happens to be my very favorite. This is why I have named this The Best Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe Ever. Quite a statement but try it for yourself and see.

These cupcakes have a great and unique flavor, they are not too dry, and they are a very bright red. The year just gone I made some mini green velvet coloured cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day, so know that you are able to substitute out the food colouring if you happen to want to go with a little something different. It certainly was a very fun change! I practically almost always prefer to use gel food colour, but with these cupcakes you will need the liquid instead.

I spent a little time locating something velvet-like to photograph these cupcakes on. The actual backdrop is a red velvet like pillow that I found in a hospice shop. I felt it set the mood for these Royal cupcakes. The frosting is piped onto the base in a rose or flower like petal which just makes it look gorgeous.

The full recipe is below and remember to not overcook the cupcake bases as they will become too dry – you want that soft moist texture to the cupcakes.

Celebrity Red Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 20

Celebrity Red Velvet Cupcakes


  • 1 cup of shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups of raw sugar
  • 2 1/4 cup of good cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 cup of creamy buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of white vinegar
  • 1 ounce of red food color
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 1 1/2 packages of cream cheese (12 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup of full cream butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds of powdered raw sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla


  1. Preheat your oven or stove to 350 degrees.
  2. In your electric mixing bowl fitted with the paddle mixing attachment, carefully cream together the shortening along with the sugar. In a very large liquid measuring cup, add the eggs, and buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, vinegar, and finally salt. Add the cake flour into the mixing bowl in three small additions, alternating along with the wet ingredients. Begin and end with the cake flour. Once all is combined, stir together the red food color along with the cocoa powder in a very small bowl. Add into the batter and then mix just until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Divide the batter out into some muffin tins with liners, making sure you fill each with about 1/4 cup of batter. Bake for around 15-17 minutes or until a clean toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the baking pan for a few short minutes and then proceed to remove from the pan to cool completely.
  4. While the red velvet cupcakes are cooling, proceed to make the cream cheese frosting. In your electric mixing bowl fitted with mixing paddle, gently cream together the full cream butter and cream cheese until the texture is smooth.Then add the vanilla along with the salt and mix until all is incorporated. Add the powdered sugar in three separate additions and then mix until very smooth. Pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Above is another shot of my best ever red velvet cupcakes recipe side by side. In this shot i used my childish plate to try and bring out the colors. You might have your own ideas i would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment below and i will get back to you. Also I would appreciate it if you shared this recipe. Just hit the share button below or at the top of this post.



I’m Julie. This is where my love of cupcakes, digital photography as well as writing comes to life! How did this recipe thing all begin? In November of 2012, I made the decision that I needed to keep a log of my recipes, so I started a simple recipe blog. This beautiful collection of cupcakes and cafe delights continues to grow every week and I can’t wait to see where it is 5 years down the road. My grandma encouraged all of my baking. At family gatherings with well over 250 individuals the midst of absolutely no where, she consistently was able to create perfect cherry cobblers along with other goodies for dessert over the campfire. It seemed to be like magic for me.

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