Red Velvet Cupcakes and cream Cheese Icing Recipe

Red Velvet Cupcakes

  • Author: Louise
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes or 3 layer round cake 1x


Decadent and delicious, this red velvet recipe will make 24 cupcakes or a 3 layered cake.


Red Velvet Cake

  • 2 ¼ cups cake flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3  cups oil
  • 1 ½ cups castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red gel food colouring (or 4 tablespoons liquid food colouring)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 tub cream cheese (230g)
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 4 cups icing sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease cupcake pans with butter or Spray & Cook.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil, sugar and eggs until well blended
  3. Now add the flour and buttermilk alternately and mix well.
  4. Add the baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the vanilla essence and colouring and mix well.
  6. Fill the cupcake tins or liners 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes before icing the cupcakes.
Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Beat the cream cheese (I used my KitchenAid Blender on medium) until smooth and then add the icing sugar cup by cup and mix well after each addition.
  2. Add the water and mix well.

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