Whip It Up Wednesday-Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator 

One of my favorite cupcakes is Red Velvet Cupcakes!  These are the perfect Valentine’s treat to me!  I just can’t resist them.  I have only made them from a box though and decided it would be fun to try to make them from scratch!  I found a great recipe over at Chronicles of the “Carrot Top” Mom that I decided looked like would be the perfect recipe to try!  I actually made these for a wedding shower but you can check out the printable for the cupcake toppers here.

Red Velvet Cupcakes
Yields 24
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
For the cake
  1. 2 1/4 cups flour (I use all-purpose)
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup butter, softened
  6. 2 1/4 cups sugar
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 cup sour cream
  9. 1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk with 2 teaspoons lemon juice)
  10. 1 ounce red food coloring
  11. 4 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cold
  2. 1/4 cup butter, cold
  3. 2 tablespoons sour cream
  4. 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  5. 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar (approximately 4 cups)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in sour cream, milk, food color and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until just blended. Do not overbeat. Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Gently remove from oven (these are super-moist, and will collapse if you aren’t careful). Cool in pans on wire rack at least 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting. (Do not frost until totally cooled, or the frosting will slide off!)
  4. Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: With a high powered mixer (stand up mixer if you have one) beat *COLD* cream cheese, butter, sour cream and Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl, and beat again. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Once smooth, turn beaters to high and whip on high for 5 minutes, until very fluffy.
  5. Frost the cupcakes generously, and serve at room temperature!
Adapted from Chronicles of the Carrot Top Mom
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Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

First I mixed the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl, and set this aside until I was ready for it.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I then beat the butter and sugar together.  My butter was warmed in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I added the eggs one at a time like the recipe said.  Which each egg the batter got smoother.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I then mixed in the sour cream, milk, food color, and vanilla.  It had a bright red color at this stage but it got darker as I went on.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I then gradually mixed in the dry ingredients.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I started putting the batter into the cups.  Once all my trays were filled I baked them for about 20 minutes.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

Once they were baked I let them cool for about an hour.  I think I moved them too much because they all flattened out, but they still tasted awesome so it didn’t seem to be that big of a deal.

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I then iced them.  For these I just plopped some on and spread it out with a knife.  Normally I try to pipe my cupcakes but I didn’t really want to do that with these!

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I then added my cute valentines cupcake toppers to top them off!  I love these toppers with the red velvet cupcakes!

Homemade Red Velvet Cupcakes | Craft Dictator

I also made some toppers for a friends wedding shower to go with these cupcakes!  This is such a great recipe and everyone loved them!  I will definitely be making these again!

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Whip It Up Wednesday-Red Velvet Cupcakes — 24 Comments

  1. Oh boy! These look amazing! I’m pretty sure they’re not on my current diet plan, but I’m thinking I may have to splurge for V-day! Another thing that caught my eye is how different your version of “red velvet” is from my mom’s. I never knew red velvet has cocoa powder. Learn something new everyday! Ps. I love your toppers! :)
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  2. I love Red Velvet – and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! I’m on my way to check out those printables now! Pinned! :)

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