Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m not a huge sweets person, but when I do want something sweet it HAS to be good. It HAS to be homemade, and most of the time it HAS to be a cupcake. It’s been a very long time since I had anything red velvet, so this is much much overdue! Here’s a YUMMY recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes and Cream Cheese Frosting! You will love it, enjoy!

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Ingredients for Cupcakes:

2½ cups flour
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, soft, plus 4 tbsp.
¼ cup softened shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 TBSP Red Velvet extract
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. Red gel food color

Directions for Cupcakes:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
-Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt all together.
-Mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk for 3 minutes
-In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar until it is light and creamy.
-Add the egg, vanilla, red velvet extract,  and red gel food coloring.
-Mix well.
-Add flour mix and buttermilk, 1/2 portion of each at a time, mix until completely combined.
-Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake tins until 2/3’s filled.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool for 10 minutes
-Remove from cupcake tins to a wire rack until totally cooled.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 C unsalted butter, softened
1 C cream cheese, softened
2 tsp vanilla
2 C powdered sugar

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting:

-Cream the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
-Mix on low.
-Slowly add powdered sugar until blended.
-Add vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined.
-Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
-Twist the open end of the pastry bag to force the frosting to the tip.
-Frost the red velvet cupcakes.

Enjoy your Red Velvet Cupcakes!

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  1. I love cream cheese frosting. I’ve never tried red velvet cake before, but this sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Lauretta says:

    Thanks for the recipe, love red velvet cupcakes and can’t wait to try these

  3. These look amazing! Thank you so much! I am definitely adding this to my recipe book!

  4. WOW! These cupcakes look wonderful! Thanks so much for the recipe on Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting! The cream cheese frosting is a terrific choice for these cupcakes! YUMMY!!!! I saved your recipe and I’m going to give these try! We love Cupcakes as well! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe on Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Frosting with all of us! You know that I definitely do appreciate it! Can’t wait to make these! Thanks again! Michele 🙂

  5. this sure looks taste. I have to make some

  6. good

  7. This sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. anonymous says:

    it looks tasty

  9. SaraAB87 says:

    I love red velvet. These are perfect for summer.

  10. They look & sound delicious. Love the striped cupcake wrappers-great for a 4th of July BBQ dessert idea!

  11. Nancy C says:

    YUM! We had red velvet cake for our wedding. I think I’m going to make these for our anniversary this summer. Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    These cupcakes look delicious! I can’t wait to make them. I have already pinned the recipe! Thanks!

  13. M.Clark says:

    Yum!! I will definitely be giving this a try. I have not had red velvet cupcakes or cake in a long while. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  14. These sound wonderful. I absolutely love anything with cream cheese icing.

  15. Kathy Lausche says:

    Oh this looks good! Cream Cheese frosting is my favorite!

  16. bbybrwneyez34 says:

    I would love to make these for the family reunion next month.I have never tried the Red Velvet Cupcakes before but it looks delcious

  17. Karen Jaras says:

    I love the red velvet cakes for special events.

  18. I haven’t made a cupcake in ages! I agree they should always be homemade. Looks fantastic!

  19. I just pinned this.. Y?? Because it is freaking awesome! OMG lol My mouth is watering!

  20. Gosh, these sound delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  21. O my these are my all time favorites, and this recipe looks easy and yummy

  22. anonymous says:

    it looks easy to make

  23. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I love cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I didn’t know that there was a red velvet extract. thanks for,the recipe.

  24. Oh my goodness. I would love to try this recipe. Thank you for the recipe.

  25. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    These look delicious and very pretty! I will have to try these since I love cupcakes.

  26. This Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe is great! It is easy to make without a lot of fuss and the cupcakes look delicious. Thanks…

  27. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These cupcakes look and sound so good. I am going to give it a try. I hope mine turn out as good as yours. Thank you for sharing

  28. Yum! These look delicious! I will have to try these!

  29. I like most anything with cream cheese icing.

  30. vickiecouturier says:

    that looks so good,red velvet is my favorite wiht cream cheese icing,,my poor mom made me a red velvet cake once and put chocolate icing on it,,it was horrible,,she didnt know you needed the cream cheese icing

  31. Deborah D says:

    I love red velvet cake & I am sure I’ll love these cupcakes as well. I love the cream cheese frosting idea.

  32. These are really good. I love the frosting.I don’t think I’d be able to make mine that pretty though.

  33. This looks great. Looks to good to eat. Thank you for the recipe

  34. Heather Savka says:

    This looks so delicious!! I am now craving a RVC!!!! I cant wait to go to the store and pick up the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe

  35. Jennifer M says:

    You are making me hungry!!!! 🙂

  36. sarah poole says:

    These look like Heaven. So yum.

  37. I’ve never seen the big deal about Red Velvet Cake but you put cream cheese frosting on just about anything & I’ma gonna eat it!

  38. carissa joslyn says:

    I love the ones from the local bakery! buttttt I can’t stop my self from eating far to much. Maybe ill try to make them some day, as well as working on my self control 😉

  39. kortney Picker says:

    This recipe looks great, I love red velvet cupcakes!! I just wish there was an easy alternative to the food coloring (I have used it as well when I have made them). The frosting sounds amazing!

  40. This looks divine, but what is red velvet extract? I’ve never seen that.

  41. Yum! These look absolutely AMAZING! Would <3 to make these.

  42. carol L says:

    My daughter would love these. And we all love cream cheese frosting. Thanks for the recipe. Will try these out this weekend.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  43. Gloria Walshver says:

    If I would not have to watch my weight I would learn to make it.

  44. I’ve never had homemade Red Velvet before – I am definitely gonna have to try this! Looks GREAT.

  45. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    My favorite dessert is the red velvet cup cake with cream cheese icing.. Plan to make a batch this weekend.

  46. This is to die for! I have to try this out soon!

  47. The cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites but the cupcakes look delicious as well.

  48. Kristin K says:

    I just ate…for the first time…Red Velvet Cake! It was for my dad’s birthday, and WOW! was it good!!! I don’t know if I would be able to make the cupcakes in this post…as good as a bakery…because I am not a cooker, or a baker! But, I would love to try that cake again!!!

  49. I have always enjoyed red velvet, including zingers, so this puts a new twist on the recipe. I am going to try this one out.

  50. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    I still need to make these! I love cream cheese frosting, can’t go wrong!

  51. Marti Tabora says:

    I’m a huge fan of red velvet and my mom has always made them. I noticed this recipe is very similar to hers so I know it’s a really good recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

  52. Renee Smith says:

    Oh my goodness! These sound and look fantastic! I’ve been looking for a good homemade recipe for red velvet. Can’t wait to bake these for my hubby:)

  53. Lisa Coomer Queen says:

    These look delicious! I will have to try these soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  54. Gabriela Anderson says:

    Omg so delicious!!

  55. Keara B. says:

    These look incredible! I’m a sucker for anything sweet, and Red Velvet is one of my favorites. My daughter’s birthday is coming up so I might have to make these… love how pretty they are!

  56. These look yummy! My birthday is coming up… Maybe I’ll make myself some cupcakes. 🙂

  57. They look so good I feel like i am eating them now

  58. Cathy French says:

    I have always been a fan of red velvet cake but only eat it a couple times a year. Instead of cakes I usually make cupcakes. Can’t wait to indulge once again.

  59. I love cooking it’s a huge hobby of mine but I am so envious of anyone who can bake if I made this it would look nothing like this picture, with that said I just bookmarked this to try my luck. I love red velvet and cream cheese frosting is the only kind I like. Wish me luck! I have 5 cute little helpers to get me to mater this today!

  60. Dandi D says:

    These look delicious and they’re making me so hungry!

  61. David Fultner says:

    These look very attractive. I sure I would devour

  62. I need to try this they look so delicious!

  63. Kristin K says:

    I love Red Velvet Cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Actually, the first time I tasted Red Velvet Cake was at my dad’s birthday last month….and it was delish!!!!

  64. This is a nice recipe for summer. This recipe looked so good, I copied it down to make this tomorrow. I thank you for the share.

  65. Cindy S. says:

    I LOVE cream cheese frosting. These look very yummy!

  66. Laurie Nykaza says:

    The red velvet is one of my favorites to eat so I would love to try this recipe for my family looks so good.

  67. Kristin K says:

    Red Velvet Cake is the ultimate in “sweet-tooth” desserts!!! I have only had it once, but it was the best cake I have ever had! Next birthday…..Red Velvet Cake!!!

  68. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    We love cupcakes at our house and these were great. Thank you for sharing this great recipe


    I like cupcakes but red velvet is not my favorite.

  70. I’ve actually never had red velvet cake before! These cupcakes look really scrumptious, though, so I’ll have to try this recipe out; thanks for sharing!

  71. Jessica S. says:

    These look amazing! My husband would go nuts over these things, thanks for sharing!

  72. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I haven’t tried these yet but I really want to soon. They just sound so good. Thank you for sharing

  73. Deborah D says:

    These look & sound so good! Can’t wait to make them.

  74. Kate F. says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love red velvet desserts.

  75. These sound and look good. I don’t think I’ve ever tried red velvet.Is it just a coloring, or does it have a flavor to it?

  76. I love red velvet cake or cupcakes. These cupcakes look so good, i wish I could have them right now.

  77. Elizabeth H. says:

    My dad loves red velvet cake/cupcakes. I have actually bought these pre-made in the bakery. Now with this recipe I can make them here at home!!

  78. Allie f says:

    This recipe looks divine.
    I agree with you about a limited sweet tooth and a love for red velvet though wouldn’t it be fun to add some non-dairy alternatives? Thanks for the recipe!

  79. Oh YUM…. Just YUm……. 0-o This looks great! Thanks for sharing this!

  80. This looks so yummy my daughter would love this!

  81. terry myers says:

    I have made the red velvet cake now i will make the cupcakes my grandchildren love red velvet with cream cheese frosting

  82. These look so good. My Mom loves Red Velvet cakes. She would definitely love this.

  83. I’m crushing on these cupcakes! They look so good!

  84. Charlene says:

    This sounds wonderful. I don’t have a stove so I hope I can find someone to make this for me. Thanks for the recipe.

  85. i must get the stuff to make these-i am having a cup-cake attack right now, thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe…..

  86. Cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites. This is a good recipe and the color is pretty too.

  87. Mmm I am dreaming about that cream cheese frosting right now! Looks delicious!! Thanks for posting!

  88. looks great after my diet and ready to celebrate ..:D 😀

  89. Tina Truex says:

    These look yummy! I just hope mine turn out as beautiful as yours did!

  90. denise low says:

    Oh My Goodness. I love this recipe. It looks so very delicious

  91. such a classic recipe! i love cream cheese frosting. anytime i see red velvet i am reminded of the armadillo cake in steel magnolias.

  92. cream cheese frosting is my favorite and I love the generous amount here – these look delish!

  93. I’m going to have to make these for my husband. His favorite cake is red velvet and my favorite frosting in cream cheese! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  94. it look very delicious, i bet cream cheese goes better than other frosting..
    i have never try red velvet before.. i’m really impatient to try this out
    thanks for this recipe

  95. I haven’t had red velvet cake. I’m guessing it just has food coloring in it? Not that it matters, this is a good recipe.

  96. denise low says:

    I like red velvet cake. I know that I would love the cream cheese.

  97. I like red velvet cake and definitely love cream cheese frosting. Will have to try your recipe.

  98. I made these cupcakes great party ideal Everyone loved them

  99. I too love my sweets!! I love to bake but just can’t seem to find the “extra” money to do it very often. These cupcakes look amazing AND I think I have almost everything I would need to make them in my cupboard. I have never heard of red velvet extract. I will look for it next shopping trip. Do you know if it is just a seasonal thing? Thank you for sharing. I will let you know how they come out!!

  100. I’ll take cupcakes over cake any day.A whole cake never gets eaten. And, once you cut the first slice, it starts to go stale.

  101. I have never had red velvet cake. I know crazy huh. I am going to have to make this. I bet it would be extra yummy with the cream cheese frosting.

  102. Beautiful! Anything with cream cheese frosting sounds delicious in my book.

  103. Thank you for sharing this recipe with this, not really a fan of red velvet but I know a lot of people are.

  104. Amber Ludwig says:

    Red velvet is my all time fav!! We make it every year for my son’s birthday!! He loves it too!! I will use this recipe this year 🙂

  105. It looks yummy!

  106. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These cupcakes are so good. I love the cream cheese frosting. Thank you for sharing

  107. wow, looks really good cupcakes! love this flavor so yummy!

  108. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, this is a popular recipe again.

  109. I wish I could bake from scratch. It really isn’t easy. I once tried to make a loaf of bread that came out rock hard. I could have used it as a door stop.

  110. Such a great find, especially right before Christmas! Can’t wait to try it out!

  111. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us. It is a pretty cake.

  112. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These are so good. I will be making more of these for the Christmas Holiday. Thank you for sharing

  113. Edna Williams says:

    I love this recipe! Sure sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing!

  114. These look so rich and creamy, mmmmmmmm

  115. I love red velvet cake but have never tried to bake them as cupcakes. What is the stuff sprinkled on top of the frosting and what color do I use for thanksgiving?

  116. molli vandehey says:

    this is my favourite kind of cupcake , cant wait to try!

  117. Cream cheese frosting is a favorite of mine. I haven’t made cupcakes in a while. Sounds good.

  118. Edna Williams says:

    Thanks so much again for the recipe! Yum!

  119. KATE SARSFIELD says:

    I’ve never tasted or made red velvet cake and I always assumed it was an American dish. How wrong was I? It’s everywhere in Ireland too! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  120. clojo9372 says:

    It’s funny.. I have always heard of red velvet cupcakes but I never actually ate one.. LOL. It looks really delicious! I would love to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  121. Lauryn R says:

    I love red velvet cake! 🙂 These cupcakes are so pretty, I love the idea of sprinkling crumbs on top! Thank you so much for sharing!

  122. I’ve had these before, they are so good.

  123. I have never made cream cheese frosting. You make it seem pretty easy.

  124. I actually am not one of the ‘sweets’ people either. I do really like good red velvet cake though now and again. I would prefer these cupcakes…I wouldnt need to make a whole cake. I also like the cream cheese frosting so good!

  125. This looks delicious! That frosting looks so pretty too! Love it!

  126. Kaitlinn Pratt says:

    OMG these look heavenly!!! Red Velvet is one of my favorites!!!

  127. Tasty red velvet cupcakes

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