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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

My great-grandmother’s recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

I can’t believe after all this time blogging about my favorite red velvet recipes– the cookies and cakes and ice cream and brownies… there are no cupcakes!! None! What kind of dessert blog is this anyway?!

Ironically, the reason I started blogging was because I wanted to be a cupcake caterer. You’d think I’d have more cupcakes on here, but the sad truth is that I really don’t bake cupcakes very often. I think it’s because I forget to buy cupcake liners everytime I go to the store.

Seriously, if there’s one thing I always forget, it’s gotta be cupcake liners.

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Not today though!

I made a special effort to remember cupcake liners just for this recipe. I wrote it down on about 5 different shopping lists (yes, I have 5 different shopping lists scattered all over the place), and I asked Siri to remind me when I got to Target, and I put a post-it on my Red Card.

Yuuuuuuup. Sure did.

Because these cupcakes are that important to me.

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

This recipe is my great-grandmother’s recipe for classic southern red velvet cake, in cupcake size. It’s soft and moist and so flavorful it’ll make you cry.

And if the cake doesn’t have you weeping, the frosting certainly will.

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Everybody knows that a red velvet cake worth its salt comes with a great cream cheese frosting.

Normally I use this recipe for cream cheese frosting. It’s extra cream cheese-y, which I adore. But for cupcakes, I want a frosting that I can pipe on. So made a minor adjustment or two and came up with a cream cheese buttercream that holds up on top of a cupcake.

Creamy, fluffy, beautiful perfect cream cheese frosting piled mile high on a pillow of red velvet cupcake amazingness. 😍

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

This is one of my favorite family recipes, and getting to eat it in cupcake form makes it even better. I hope you love it as much as we do! ❤️

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk (no subs!)
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350ºF. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Mix in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, food coloing and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until batter forms and is a uniform color.
  4. Divide batter between the cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. Whisk in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, beating with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Transfer frosting to a piping bag to pipe on the cupcakes.

 

Butter and cream cheese MUST be at room temperature before mixing. Otherwise, the frosting will not form a buttercream that is sturdy enough to pipe.

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My great-grandmother's recipe for red velvet baked into sweet little cupcakes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.