THE BEST-Red Velvet Cupcakes

IngredientsFor the Cupcakes

  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour*
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring liquid or gel
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk**
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature, 8 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch optional

InstructionsRed Velvet Cupcakes

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line a muffin pan with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the cake flour, cocoa and salt. Whisk gently.
  3. In a separate large bowl beat the butter until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Then beat in the sugar until creamy (about 1-2 more minutes).
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  5. In a liquid measuring cup whisk together the buttermilk and red food coloring.
  6. Beat the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the butter mixture about 1/3 at a time, alternating with about 1/3 of the buttermilk mixture. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. In a small bowl or cup dissolve the baking soda into the vinegar. Quickly beat it into the cupcake batter.
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin papers, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, before removing from the pan and continuing to cool on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter until fluffy.
  2. Mix in the cream cheese until evenly combined. Then add in the vanilla and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the powdered sugar and cornstarch (if using).
  4. Beat the powdered sugar into the butter and cream cheese mixture about 1 cup at a time, starting with the mixer on low and turning it up to medium speed as the sugar incorporates.
  5. Frost the cooled cupcakes using a piping bag and tip (I used a 1M) or a knife.

This article and recipe adapted from this site