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red velvet cupcakes

The other day I started to have cake withdrawals so I decided to treat myself to some red velvet cupcakes; they are pretty simple to make and taste amazing.  In my experience I would say that red velvet is preferred by adults more than children.  However, I am sure that once you whip up a batch of these cupcakes, even the kids won’t be able to resist; but don’t take my word for it, try them.


Cooking and Preparation: 40 minutes


Makes a batch of 24


For the cupcakes

  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 340g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 350ml vegetable oil
  • 235ml buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons red food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Icing


  • 450g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 908g sifted confectioners’ sugar (icing sugar)
  • Chopped pecans and fresh raspberries or strawberries, for garnish (optional)


Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Line 2 x (12-cup) cupcake tins with cupcake papers.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food colouring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Now add the sifted flour and dry ingredients to the oil and wet ingredients’ mix well until smooth and thoroughly combined.

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Divide the cake batter evenly among the cupcake tins.  Fill each case about 2/3 with cake mixture. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes. Test the cupcakes by inserting a toothpick through them – if it comes up clean then they are done.  Remove them from the oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese icing:   In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth.  Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.  Use a piping bag or knife to add the icing to the cupcakes.


Enjoy your cupcakes in any way that you want.  A hot cup of tea usually goes down well.

Kanta Temba is a cake maker and decorator. She is also the owner and founder of Kanta Kakes – cake shop.

You can find her work on www.kantakakes.comFollow her on twitter @KantaKakes and Instagram @KantaTemba.

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  1. Red food colouring, natural or with E’s? Is beetroot too watery as a natural replacement?


    • synthetic red food color is the worst for health just make the cupcakes without the color


    • A clever chef (Ms Moxley) has perfected Beet Red Velvet cupcakes ! Seek and you shall find, check this out…….f

      The science…she used ‘dutched, nonacidic cocoa powder so she punched up the acid with extra lemon juice’ to develop the red colour.

      Amazing History of Red Velvet cakes



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