Red Velvet Cupcake

Preparation Time = 20 mins         Cooking Time = 20 - 25 mins


Mred-velvet-cupcakeakes 24 cupcakes  

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa (powdered)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature (8 oz.)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see note at bottom)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring


  1. Sift dry ingredients three times - flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Slowly add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg. 
  3. Add 1/4 of dry ingredients to creamed mixture then approximately 1/4 of buttermilk alternating until mixed well.  Mix in vanilla and food coloring.
  4. Fill lined cupcake pans 1/2 full of red velvet batter.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool cupcakes in pans for 5 to 10 minutes then remove and cool completely on wire racks before frosting.

NOTE:  If you don't have buttermilk you can try this simple substitution.  Place one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar in a measuring cup.  Fill with milk to 1 cup (8 fl.oz.).  Let stand for 5 minutes until the buttermilk is created and then use in any cake recipe that calls for buttermilk.