Monday, 18 March 2013

Red Velvet

I've never quite understood the obsession with Red Velvet Cupcakes that the world seems to be going through. Personally, a rich chocolate cupcake or light berry cupcake are up on my favourites list, but I realised that I couldn't in all honesty call myself a baker if I'd never tried to make these. 
So I did.
And they turned out spectacularly. 
In fact I may just make them again. If everybody wants Red Velvet, well then I am happy to oblige...

As with most treats I bake, this recipe is pretty easy to follow and doesn't require too much fancy skill...

Red Velvet Cupcakes
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1  teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 bottles food colouring (80ml)
1 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons white vinegar

1.  Preheat oven to 180C.  Prepare cupcake pan with liners. 

2.  In a large bowl whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt, and set aside.

3.  In the bowl of an electric mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment), beat oil and sugar until well blended.  Add eggs one at a time, and continue beating.  Add food colouring and vanilla and mix well.

4.  Add flour and buttermilk alternately, in two batches.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Mix just enough to combine.

5.  Place baking soda in a bowl or cup, add vinegar and stir (it will foam and expand).  Add to cake batter and beat for 10 seconds.

6.  Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full, and bake for  20-24 minutes.  

This recipe will yield about 24 - 26 cupcakes

Original Recipe taken from here 

Cream Cheese Icing
1 tub (about 230g) Cream cheese (cold - directly from fridge) 
1/3 cup butter ( room temperature)
1tsp Vanilla Essence 
4 - 6 cups Icing sugar

1.  Place butter in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth. Add cream cheese and blend until fully combined, about 30 seconds.

2.  Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar (one cup at a time) while mixing.  Increase to medium speed and beat until it begins to get fluffy. Keep adding sugar until you get the desired consistency. I find on hotter days I need to add more sugar as the cream cheese is a lot more melty.

3.  Frost cupcakes and decorate if desired. 

Ingredients. I always first lay out all my ingredients before I even start. This helps avoid those awful situations where you realise you are missing an ingredient and have to stop everything to pop out to the shops.

Lovely red colour

Fresh out the oven




  1. yummy i love red velvet


  2. I love red velvet. My only problem is the food colouring but that's not gonna stop me. These look so good

  3. Iknow right! We put so much red in (2 bottles). Everything went pink, especially my fingers and tongue from licking the bowl!


  4. Lisa Kouwenberg18 March 2013 at 18:38

    Ooh they look delicious! I've never tried them before.

    X lisa

  5. Red Velvet cupcakes are one of my favorites!! Adore this!
    xo TJ

  6. mmmm I love these cupcakes! They look so yummy. red velvet is so good. thanks for sharing i am going to try this! xo