Monday, December 12, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes

One of my baking goals for 2011 was to make a Red Velvet Cake. I haven't gotten around to it, but tonight I made Red Velvet Cupcakes, which is pretty close. This recipe is from The Athlete's Palate Cookbook, which is a cookbook I ordered from Runner's World Magazine. It's a darn good cookbook filled with a lot of great pre and post running recipes.

One thing to note: when a Red Velvet recipe calls for 2 tbs of red food coloring and you think, "oh, I don't need that much - that sounds like a lot" - trust me, you need that much. My cupcakes are not nearly as red as I wanted them to be. Luckily, that doesn't take away from the flavor. Now I know for next time.

Red Velvet Cupcakes (by Beth Pilar and Ellen Sternau from The Athlete Palate's Cookbook)

1.5 cups sugar
2.5 cups cake flour
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 tbs red food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vinegar

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners, or grease well. Mix the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium-size bowl.

2. Mix the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar together in a separate bowl. Pour into dry mixture and stir until combined.

3. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back from the touch. Cool in the pan on a rack for 10-15 minutes. Then, remove to the rack and cool completely.

1. Mix the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla.

2. Frost the cooled cupcakes using a piping bag fitted with a star-shaped tip, or use a small spatula.

Make 24 cupcakes at 290 calories each.


  1. I'm not a red velvet fan, but that frosting sure does looks good! Can you believe that I have never made my own frosting before.....well, that has turned out. :) I might give it a try again and try the one you posted. :)

  2. Bex, this is the easiest frosting to make. It's good - not my absolute favorite (I'm a buttercream girl), but probably the best homemade cream cheese frosting I've made. Give it a try! Yummy!

  3. LOL...I've made that SAME EXACT mistake! Those do look yummy despite the lack of red!