Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have cream cheese frosting in my hair.

Lovely, I know.  You don’t have to tell me.

Do yourself a favor.  Make these for dessert.  Or for breakfast.  Whatever.  And eat the biggest one.

These cupcakes took all of thirty minutes to make.  Well, let’s not talk about the hour and a half wait for the red food dye to be picked up at the grocery store.  We had every other color of dye imaginable…  5 blues, 4 greens, 2 oranges, a purple even, but no red.  Like really?  Are you joking?

I slaved and slaved over the electric mixer bowl for…  Seven minutes.  Harsh reality, I know.  I then spent another seven minutes licking the bowl clean of the batter.

I also spent seven minutes cleaning cream cheese frosting out of my hair because someone decided to smear it across my face.  What a gem.  Can I kick you now?  Or serve you banana cream pudding that’s actually melted butter?  I’d like to see you recover from that one.

I made these for my sister who has been pushing my buttons for months asking me to make her some red velvet.  So for Christmas, she received a very scrumptious, short-lived gift that was wisely, or not so wisely consumed by my entire face.

My sister would have also loved these for Christmas.  But can you imagine trying to get sticky bacon bits out of your hair?

I don’t think so.

Oh, I forgot…

I hope you all had a good Christmas.  I know I did…  I stayed in my flannel all day and unwrapped fuzzy socks, free AMC movie tickets, and more cookbooks.  I’m good for the year.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

adapted from Joy the Baker

(yields 12 cupcakes)


For the Cupcakes:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon red food dye

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1/2 cup cream

1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

2 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


To Make the Cupcakes:

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Line a muffin pan with cupcake papers and coat with non-stick spray.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together vanilla extract, food coloring, and cocoa power until the mixture becomes thick.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Beat in the egg.

Beat in the red cocoa paste.  Incorporate well, beating on medium-high speed.  Add half of the flour mixture, alternating with the milk.  Add the vinegar and beat well.

Divide the batter between the 12 cupcake tins and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and let sit in pan for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool.

To Make the Frosting:

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until soft, about 1 minute.

Add softened butter and continue to beat on medium-low speed until butter and cream cheese are thoroughly combined.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk and beat until well incorporated.

Place frosting in the fridge for an hour before frosting if you’d like to firm it up a bit.  Pour frosting in a ziplock bag and cut out a corner.  Spread evenly across cupcakes.

Happy noming.

Nutritional information: 260 calories, 9.5g fat (6 sat, 2 mono, >1 poly), 40.5g carbs, 3g protein

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7 Responses to “Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”
  1. Cassie says:

    I LOVE the color of these. They look perfect!

  2. Wow, those cupcakes look awesome! :)

  3. red velvet! my mother will love you for this one. she’s been hounding me to make red velvet sooomething, anything. this just may be the convincing i need :)
    and your cream cheese frosting on these cupcakes is definitely is helping her cause!

    flannel pjs + cookbook reading = perfect night ;)

    • ohshineon says:

      Sarah, I think that your mom and my sister should meet for coffee and order red velvet cupcakes… I think they’d like that. A lot. And wearing flannels and reading cookbooks are basically what define my life. If I ever come to Ohio or you to North Carolina (or Boston), I know what we’d do all day long.

  4. hahaha I read this and was like “for jenny?” continued to read and was like wtf!? I want these NOW!!! I mean I know I love your blog but there is no reason to do things like this to me!! haha just kidding. Delicious though, I’m glad I am not the only one not trying to lose weight for the new year! haha

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