My son’s favorite dessert is easily anything red velvet. Red velvet cake, red velvet cupcakes, red velvet cake pops, etc. You get the idea.  Recently, he’s been doing AMAZINGLY in school so I wanted to do something to surprise him after school. I don’t need to tell you how delicious these were. Omg. My son ate 8 in one seating. Check out the recipe below!


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Ingredients for cupcake batter:

  • 3 cups of cake flour
  • 12 tablespoons of butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp of nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of red food coloring
  • 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of white vinager
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup of buttermilk


Ingredients for cream cheese frosting:

  • 1 (8oz) package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 4 cups of sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a big bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and using a stand mixer, mix on medium speed until fluffy. Then add the eggs one at a time making sure they’re incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl mix the cocoa powder, vanilla and the food coloring and then add to the butter/sugar/egg mix and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl combine the salt and the buttermilk. Measure out the flour. And both to the mixture in 2-3 parts, alternating with the cake flour and the buttermilk.
  • Combine the vinegar and the baking soda and add to the batter.
  • Line a cupcake can with cupcake liners and spray them with cooking spray.
  • Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • While the cupcakes are baking, start making the cream cheese frosting.
  • Combine the cream cheese with the sugar until incorporated and sugar has dissolved. Pour the frosting into a ziploc bag and chill until the cupcakes are done.
  • Once the cupcakes are done, place them in cooling rack until they are cooled completely.
  • Make a small cut to the corner of the ziploc bag and pipe it out!
  • Sprinkle with decorative sugar.


Happy Baking!

Posted by:Aisha Pectyo

Astrophysicist turned data rockstar who speaks code and has enough yarn and mod podge to survive a zombie apocalypse.

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