Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe, Frosting, and Party Decorating Ideas

The best Red Velvet cupcake recipe is so simple and easy to make. We've also included the traditional frosting recipe, and several decorating ideas.

It's easy to create this elegant and delicious dessert when planning your next party; whether it's a birthday, wedding, baby shower, holiday, or any other very special occasion.

How to Make Red Velvet Cupcakes Video

This video shows how to make homemade Red Velvet cup cakes in easy steps.

Traditional Red Velvet Frosting Video

Step-by-step instructions and video for making the traditional frosting for red velvet cup cakes.

The Best Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine in bowl, sift together, and set aside:

  • 2 1/4 C. all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 t. salt

  • 1 t. baking soda

  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Mix together in bowl or large measuring cup, and set aside:

  • 1 C. buttermilk

  • 1 t. white or cider vinegar

  • 1 t. vanilla extract

  • *3 Tablespoons liquid red food coloring

  • cupcakes

    Cream on high speed for 1 minute:

  • 1/2 C. butter

    Slowly add while continuing to mix on high speed:

  • 1 1/2 C. sugar

  • Add:

  • 2 eggs

  • beating for 1 minute after each addition.


    Add the above dry ingredient mixture alternately with the liquid ingredient mixture to this creamed mixture, mixing on medium speed after each addition.

    *You may substitute 1-2 teaspoons of red gel-food coloring, and add 3 tablespoons water to replace the missing liquid.)

  • Fill cupcake wrappers slightly more than 1/2 full.

  • Bake in 350 degree F. oven for 17-20 minutes depending on what size cupcakes you are baking.

    Do not over-bake!

    Cupcakes are done when a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    This recipe makes approximately 24 standard size cupcakes, 36 mini-cupcakes, and about 18 large cupcakes.

    Traditional Frosting for Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Blend with whisk to remove lumps:

  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 C. cold milk

  • Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very thick.

    Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.



  • 1 C. granulated sugar

  • 1 C. butter

  • until light and fluffy.


  • 1 t. vanilla extract

  • Add this mixture to the first mixture, mixing until well-blended.

    The completed frosting should have a texture similar to whipped cream.

    Hint: Use a cupcake stand, tree, or tower to display these beautiful cakes.

    Special cupcake wrappers, stands, and decorating supplies can easily be purchased from cake decorating suppliers to make these cupcakes even more elegant and specially suited to your occasion.

    This Red Velvet cupcake recipe is famous for its moist, delicious flavor, and stunning appearance.

    Easily made from ingredients you may have on hand, it doesn't take long to prepare this special cake.


    But if you don't have time to make a cake "from scratch", try our easy Red Velvet cupcake recipe given at the bottom of this page. It is made from a white cake mix with a few additional ingredients!

    Optional Frosting Ideas

    This Red Velvet cupcake recipe can be frosted with Cream Cheese Frosting, Sweetened Vanilla Whipped Cream, or Chocolate Frosting.

    Easy Short-Cut Red Velvet Recipe

    If you don't have time to make a cake from scratch, or you don't want to attempt it, here is a very easy way to make Red Velvet Cupcakes using a white cake mix.

    I tried it on my family, and they didn't know the difference!


    All you need is:

  • 1 White Cake Mix

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/3 C. vegetable oil

  • 1 1/4 C. buttermilk

  • 1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 Tablespoons red food coloring liquid

  • 1/2 t. baking soda

  • 1 t. vinegar.

    Place all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl. Blend together on low speed, then mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

    Makes 24 Red Velvet cupcakesBake at 350 degrees F. for about 18 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched.

    Decorating Ideas

    The cupcakes can be decorated with a dusting of cocoa powder, shaved bitter-sweet chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, or any other decorations suited to the occasion.

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