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This classic red velvet cupcake recipe is the deliciousness of red velvet cake in a smaller portion, perfect for a party! One thing I love about cupcakes is that you don't need a plate and fork. When I’m bringing a dessert to a party or school event, I don’t want to have to mess with bringing plates and forks, too. Everyone will love this decadent dessert recipe, and you will love that it’s easy! No one wants to be in the kitchen for hours, including me!
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Decadent Classic Red Velvet Cupcake

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Additional Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Calories: 280kcal


Cupcake Ingredients

  • C flour
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ C butter soft, plus 4 tbsp.
  • ¼ C room temp shortening
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 teaspoon Red gel food color

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 C unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 C cream cheese at room temp
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 C powdered sugar


Cupcake directions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line your cupcake tin with paper liners.
  • Sift your flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt all in one in a small mixing bowl, set to the side.
  • In a separate bowl using a mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until it is creamy on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  • Add the egg white, vanilla, red velvet extract, and red gel food coloring to the mixing bowl.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Add the flour and milk; mix until completely combined.
  • Add batter into the lined cupcake tins until two-thirds filled.
  • Bake your cupcakes at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  • Cool for 10 minutes in the tins.
  • Remove from cupcake pan to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes.

Frosting Directions

  • Cream the butter and cream cheese until creamy on low speed.
  • Begin to add the powdered sugar slowly, until blended.
  • Add vanilla and beat until well combined.
  • Place the frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
  • Frost the cupcakes in a circular motion.
  • Sprinkle with cupcake crumbs.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 498IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg