Red Velvet Cupcakes


These sweet and petite red velvet cupcakes are sure to charm at any occasion. Top each cupcake with a little heart-shaped cookie to add extra affection to the treat.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins


  • 3 eggs

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1 ounce bottle red food coloring (2 Tbsp.)

  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vinegar

  • Small chocolate heart-shaped cookies (optional)

  • Powdered sugar (optional)


  1. Let eggs and butter stand 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 28 2-1/2-inch cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

  2. In medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and 3/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium-high 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until combined. One at a time, add eggs; beat on medium after each. Beat in food coloring on low.

  3. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture; beat on low to medium speed after each just until combined. Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter; beat just until combined.

  4. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely. Top with small chocolate cookies, if desired. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 28 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
6g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 28
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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