Red Velvet Cupcakes with Classic Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Classic Frosting

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This was my first attempt at red velvet cake and it came out extremely delicious! This recipe is easy to follow and pretty foolproof. Just be sure to mix the cocoa and food coloring thoroughly so the color is solid and not streaky.

Red Velvet Cupcake

The frosting is absolutely wonderful! I had never made frosting in this way but I plan to use it for most of my future cakes. I liked using white sugar instead of powdered as it did not come off as thick or sweet but still tasted and looked great. This is the traditional frosting for red velvet cake and it seems to fit better than cream cheese frosting.

I started with this recipe from AllRecipes and made my own changes so please follow below.


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Classic Frosting

What You Need

Cupcakes
3-4T unsweetened cocoa powder
1oz red food coloring
1C buttermilk
1t salt
1t vanilla
1C vegetable oil
2C white sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2C flour
1 1/2t baking soda
Classic Frosting
1C milk
5T flour
1C white sugar
1C butter
1t vanilla

Red Velvet Cupcake

What You Do

Cupcakes

  1. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa and food coloring into a paste. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, salt and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the vegetable oil and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in cocoa mixture. Combine flour and baking powder then beat in buttermilk mixture alternately with flour mixture, just until incorporated.
  4. Pour batter into two greased cupcake pans.
  5. Bake at 325 for 20-25 minutes.

Classic Frosting

  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk and flour. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy, then stir in the cooled milk/flour mixture, beating until icing reaches spreading consistency.

Enjoy!

Red Velvet Cupcake

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8 Replies to “Red Velvet Cupcakes with Classic Frosting”

  1. Yum! I’m not much of a baker but these do look easy… plus I’ve never been able to stand the cream cheese frosting so this traditional sounds amazing :)

  2. I’m making these right now! Of course my hand mixer busted, so I’m a little worried about creaming the butter/sugar!

    One comment – i think you mean baking soda (as in the ingredients) in the directions when you say baking powder.

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