Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe
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Your search for perfect red velvet cupcakes ends here! These red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing are soft, sweet -and vividly red of course! Perfect for parties, picnics or just for an extra special afternoon tea.

See the full step-by-step guide below the ingredients. I have mentioned every single step so even kids (or inexperienced bakers) can make these yummy treats.

Red velvet Cupcakes easy recipe

Do I need any special equipment to make red velvet cupcakes?

The short answer is no. But having the right equipment always helps to make a baking job easier and neater. Some things are always more important than others. I recommend getting these two things before starting to bake:

Weighing scale. I use a digital weighing scale because it’s small and easily fits into a drawer -which is helpful when my kitchen storage is filled with all my cake decorating equipment! It can also measure tiny amounts more accurately which is helpful for some recipes. They are surprisingly inexpensive to buy and are available on from Rs 349/- onwards.

Muffin tray or silicon moulds. I have always used the silicon moulds because they are easy to store and does the job perfectly. It can, however, be a problem to get the cupcake liners to fit (as seen on my pictures below as well). I recommend getting it all in an actual baking shop, so you know what you get. Otherwise I have recently found that these cupcake liners fit perfectly with this amazon muffin tray. Yay!

You can also easily make cupcakes without any mould and just use the liners. But be aware that they WILL spread out a bit more and be a little less compact and pretty.

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

Use the best ingredients for red velvet cupcakes.

Butter. I always use the regular Amul butter. It works for all recipes and adds that little salt to it so you never have to add extra yourself. If you want to use unsalted butter, then I recommend adding a pinch of salt to the batter.

Baking soda and baking powder. In my experience, some brands are better than others. I use weikfield as it never leaves any bitter aftertaste and never fails to work as it should.

Cream cheese for the icing. Philadelphia cream cheese is a great option, but it can be expensive in India so if you want a cheaper option, then go for one that is least cheesy and more mild in the flavour. The cheesy flavour should not really be there at all.

The food colour. I always use magic food gel colours. They colour exactly as they should and leave no unwanted flavour. They also don’t dry out if not used for a while. You can also make them other colours if, say, blue velvet cupcakes fit into your theme more than red ones.

For our Harry Potter Party I made this recipe in the 4 house colours; red, blue, green and yellow. My double chocolate muffins are also perfect for parties (but they cannot be coloured)

Harry Potter House Cupcakes Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe

I decorated the cupcakes with coloured cream cheese icing in the same house colours. You can see the colours of the red/blue/yellow/green velvet muffins underneath peaking through.

Hogwarts House Cupcakes Gryffindor Ravenclaw Hufflepuff Slytherin

Yield: You get approximately 20-24 cupcakes depending on the size of your mould.



    Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius

    Red velvet Cupcakes easy recipe

    Get all the cupcake ingredients ready. This step is especially meant to make it easier for any kids who are making the cupcakes alone.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl: the flour, cocoa, baking soda and baking powder. Mix it together and set aside.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer to cream the sugar and butter together. You can also use a whisk and a bowl if you don't have any mixer.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Add the vanilla essence and all the food colouring. It's a lot -I know- but it helps to give it that perfect red colour afterwards.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Add the the eggs and the plain yoghurt.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Add the dry mixture (from step 2) one spoon at a time and mix well.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Line the silicone cupcake moulds/cupcake tray with cupcake liners and add 1-1 1/2 tablespoon of batter in each mould. The cupcakes should only be 3/4 full.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Bake them in the middle of a preheated oven for 20 minutes. Check that they are done by inserting a skewer in the middle. If it comes out clean, they are done. Cool them down fully before icing them (as it melts otherwise -not a pretty sight)

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    To make the cream cheese icing add the icing sugar to a food processor/blender and blend for 30sec to 1 minute to get rid of any lumps.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Add the softened butter and cream cheese to the icing sugar

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Mix it well together

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Fit a piping nozzle into the piping bag and fill it up with icing. I use a glass to fill it up -there is no mess and it's easier than trying to hold the bag and control the icing at the same time.

    Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

    Ice the cupcakes and they are ready to serve. Hope you enjoyed making this recipe. Let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to tag me on social media when you make it :-)

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