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December 26, 2010 / punkcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

well, I have always been a fan of red velvet desserts and I felt it was time to master the art of this cupcake. There are so many myths about it’s red color, but all you need is a little cocoa powder, vinegar, and red food coloring (and of course flour, sugar, baking powder ect…) I used Paula Dean’s recipe, with a few tweaks. I try not to use her recipes because she annoys the shit out of me, but it seemed decent. I doubled it because my friends can eat, 12 was not going to be enough. Instead of coming out with 24, I came out with like 30 and a small cake. Bakes more than you think! To my surprise, they came out awesome. They were devoured in minutes.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

All you have to do is mix the dry ingredients (AND SIFT, SIFT, SIFT!) in a bowl. In a seperate bowl beat the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients until smooth and combined.

Bake 350 degrees and in 10 – 12 minutes you’re enjoying the best red velvet cupcakes ever!


p.s – the cream cheese frosting is very important, and goes good with like everything.

it’s simple – beat together butter, cream cheese and confectioners sugar. add ingredients according to taste.


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