Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Scratch

Red Velvet Cup Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from scratch| Step by step pictures with procedure

When you enter a bakery, Red velvet cakes or cup cakes are one of the most attractive and tempting cakes with bright color. They also tastes delicious. Making these yummy cup cakes at home is super simple and here is the recipe for that. I suggest not to alter or skip any of the ingredients given below.


I am frosting these cup cakes with cream cheese frosting. I prefer adding very little butter to the cream cheese. But if you are not interested in super cheese frosting, double the amount of butter.

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Red velvet cup cakes are beautiful and super moist with a touch of chocolate flavor. Adding buttermilk gives little tangy feel which makes these cup cakes perfect and tasty.


AUTHOR : Dimple                             YIELD : 12 cup cakes


For Red Velvet Cup cake :

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup + 2 Tbsp
  • Cocoa powder – 1.5 Tbsp
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 Tsp
  • Baking Powder – 1 Tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 Tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable oil / Canola oil – 1/4 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 2 Tsp
  • Egg – 2
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)- 1 Tsp
  • Red food color – few drops
  • Buttermilk – 3/4 cup

For Cream Cheese Frosting :

  • Soft Cream cheese – 4 oz
  • Soft Unsalted Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Powdered sugar – 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 1 Tsp
  • Whipped cream – 1 Tbsp


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. Melt the butter and cool down to room temperature.
  4. Mix all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Set it aside.


For Red Velvet Cup cake :

  1. Beat butter and oil together in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or a whisk.
  2. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy(5 min). Scrap the edges.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract and eggs, one egg at a time.
  4. Remove the hand mixer and use a whisk or spatula for further process.
  5. Mix in buttermilk , ACV and food color.
  6. Sieve in the dry ingredients. Gently combine it. Do not over mix.
  7. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with the batter.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 10 min and over the cooling rack until completely cool down.
  10. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

For Cream Cheese Frosting :

  1. Beat in the cream cheese, whipped cream and butter until very light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes.


  • Skip salt if you are using salted butter.
  • Cup cakes should cool down completely before you frost it.
  • You could add another half cup of sugar to the frosting if you wish.
  • I suggest not to alter or skip any ingredients in the recipe.

Do try this recipe at home and let me know how it turned out for you. Share your comments down below in the comment section.

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Step by Step Procedure with pictures :

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