Monday, May 14, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

If there is one dessert that my husband requests that I make, it is red velvet cupcakes. Cupcakes that taste like chocolate, but don't look like chocolate is just plain fun. I top these cupcakes with my signature "best cream cheese icing ever" and then try to restrain myself from eating 8 cupcakes.


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package Jell-o Chocolate Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (1 ounce) bottle red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake tin with muffin cups. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, pudding mix, and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food coloring and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

  1. Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing: Beat cream cheese, softened, butter, sour cream and vanilla extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth.


Jenni Austria Germany said...

confession: i only recently realized that red velvet is chocolate.... whoops.

Amanda said...

These look delicious, thanks for sharing! And yea.. Definitely just realized its chocolate too :) haha!

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

These are my husband's fav!! Guess I had better get to baking!

Chaya said...

I am sure the pudding mix makes it even better and more moist. Thanks for sharing this with My Meatless Mondays.

Kelli Becton said...

yummy yum yum! thanks for linking with kids in the kitchen!!!

Jenn said...

I never get sick of red velvet cupcakes - so yummy!

Jane Craske said...

These are gorgeous! I choose red velvet as my special treat whenever possible. Thanks so much for sharing at our Pin'inspiration party. You really add to the fun. C:

Recipes We Love said...

These are very pretty and look delicious!

Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs said...

These look so good!! It makes me so mad that I'm allergic to the red dye (in mass quantities). I hate settling for drooling on the screen!!

Michelle said...

These look amazing! I will have to try these for my next party! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower!
Hope you have a great day!

Allison said...

Is it just the red or all colors that you are allergic to? You can do them in blue! I have seen many blue velvet cakes!! :)

Katherines Corner said...

divine! Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Gorgeous! I love red velvet. And the frosting... *swoon*

Jocelyn said...

That frosting looks so light and fluffy...I love it. I'm sure I would eat at least 5-6 if I had them here now:-) Thank you for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday. I am featuring this tomorrow!!!

Jacqueline @ said...

OH, MY!! These look wonderful!!

Alyssa said...

These cupcakes look great, as does the frosting. Yum! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

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