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5 red velvet cupcakes with flowers around
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting, perfectly moist homemade cupcakes with a hint of vanilla. This is such a simple recipe, and the cupcakes can be enjoyed either for Christmas or Valentine's Day, or, why not, all year round. Made from scratch with little prep and effort - what a treat! Learn how to make the best vanilla buttercream every single time, and enjoy some easy, but so delicious red velvet cupcakes for any celebration.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: red velvet desserts
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Calories: 359 kcal
Author: Daniela Apostol
For the cupcakes:
  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp Sugarflair red food colouring (paste)
For the buttercream:
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 125 g butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp full-fat milk
  1. To make the cupcakes, make sure the butter is nice and soft, so ideally you should leave it at room temperature at least an hour before you start.
  2. Use a hand mixer to beat the sugar and butter together until you get a smooth paste.
  3. Add the eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift the flour and cocoa powder in, add the vanilla extract and red food colouring and mix well using a spatula.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. (350 Fahrenheit).

  6. Line a cupcake/muffin tray with 12 cupcake paper cases, and divide the mixture evenly.
  7. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes until well risen and firm to the touch.
  8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
  9. Meantime, you can make the vanilla buttercream.
  10. Sift the icing sugar and beat with well with the softened butter.
  11. Add the vanilla extract and milk, one tablespoon at a time, so you can get a lovely smooth cream.
  12. To decorate, use a piping bag with a nozzle of your choice.
Recipe Notes
  • To see the measurements in cups and ounces, please click on the US CUSTOMARY link.
  • The amount of ingredients listed can be adjusted depending on the number of servings you need, just click on the number next to SERVINGS.
  • Please see the text above for more tips on how to make the buttercream and get the bright red colour of the cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 181mg8%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.