Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Red velvet cupcakes

I have been wanting to make these for sooo long...and finally today I decided to hunt down the ingredients, and just make them! They are not super difficult to make, but at the same time you will need to most likely head to the shop with making these cupcakes in mind...but that special trip to the shop is well worth it once you're done making these beauties :)

  • Skill level: Easy
  • Makes: 12 cupcakes
  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Baking time: 20 mins
What you will need:

For the cupcakes

60g (4 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4  cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 + 1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp red food colouring
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup + 2tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 + 1/2 tsp distilled white vinegar

For the frosting

115g butter, at room temperature
115g cream cheese, at room temperature
2 + 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract

How to make:

1) Place the butter and sugar in a bowl, and cream together on medium/high speed whisk for a few minutes. Increase the speed to high and add the egg, beating well until incorporated

2) In a separate small bowl,  mix the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food colouring to form a thick paste. Add this to the batter and mix on medium speed until well combined (make sure you scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl in between whisking)

3) Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk, whilst whisking, and half the flour. Mix until combined, then repeat the process to add the remaining buttermilk and flour. Beat on a high speed until smooth

4) Once more reduce mixing speed to low and add the salt, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, then turn to high and beat for a couple of minutes until well combined and smooth

5) Divide the batter evenly onto cupcake liners placed in a cupcake tin and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean

6) Leave to cool for 10 minutes before placing onto a wire rack to cool completely

7) Meanwhile, make the frosting by whipping together the butter and cream cheese on a high speed for 5 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the powdered sugar slowly until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix on medium/high speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy

8) Once cupcakes are completely cool, decorate them with the frosting (cut cupcakes to level out top surface if needs be)

I really enjoyed making these, and alhamdulilah they seem to have turned out the right colour. I do think I can improve on their taste (I did not add vanilla extract because I had ran out)...so I will continue trying on them and update recipe as needed. If you do try these out, enjoy :)


  1. Sister. You may want to use something other than vanilla extract. I do not know the uk. But in America it containes alcohol. Are you sure it is halal?

    1. Yes even here in the UK, most vanilla extract contains alcohol. But I buy the one without alcohol. Thank you though :)

    2. Okay :)) thank you for clearing that :))). You should open a bakery or something. What do you do with all that food @_@

    3. It gets eaten by the family (not all by me I promise)