This might come to a shock to some of you..but..No Red Velvet of any kind has ever touched my lips! Shocking I know! I am not sure how it has missed the reach of my hands. But nope, never had it. Back in June I saw a beautiful photo of some Red Velvet Cupcakes over on Em’s site..

The Repressed Pastry Chef I printed it and put it in my ever growing pile of “To Make” list.
So today I was aching to bake something..seems like I have that ache everyday!
Well, they were really easy to whip up. It only took a few minutes from the time I started to get them in the oven. I seem to have a sinking in the middle cupcake issue, so I was pleasantly surprised to see when I pulled them out of the oven they didn’t sink in the middle. YEAH!
The cream Cheese frosting is OUT OF THIS WORLD! While I was decorating the cupcakes it went like this…one squirt for the cupcakes…one big squirt in the mouth for me! Oh its that good!
I am not the Red Velvet expert, but this one is a keeper!

P.S…Happy Birthday to EM..stop by her site and wish her Happy Birthday!

1c cake flour
1/3c cocoa
1/2tsp salt
2/3c vegetable oil
3/4c sugar
1 egg
1oz (2T) red food coloring
1/2tsp vanilla
1/2c buttermilk
1/2tsp baking soda
3/4tsp white vinegar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line12-cupcake pans with cupcake liners and spray with cooking spray.Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.Place oil and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended. Beat in eggs one at a time.With machine on low, very slowly add red food coloring . Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.Divide batter among 12-cupcake pans, filling each about 2/3 full.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
(Mine cooked for 23 minutes.)
Em’s Magnificent Cream Cheese Icing

8oz pkg of cream cheese – room temperature, divided in three parts
2 tablespoons unsalted butter – COLD
1 tablespoon shortening1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar


Beat sugar and butter in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and combine very well. Add the first third of the cream cheese and combine very well. Add the shortening and combine very well. Add the remaining cream cheese one piece at a time, combining very well after each.


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    Consider yourself and expert – The color is so bold and strong.. This is what Red Velvet should look like.



  2. 2

    Those are gorgeous! I could eat anything with cream cheese frosting on it!

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    Those look so good! They are a great vibrant shade of red. Nice job decorating them!

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    noble pig says:

    Oh yummy…red velvet is one of my faves.

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    Peter M says:

    Aren’t you crafty in the kitchen?The cake part looks very moist and the decorating….you took some lessons right?

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    VeggieGirl says:

    Positively stunning!!

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    Oooh what are the pretty silver decorations on the cupcakes?

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    SteamyKitchen says:

    hey! nice to meet you – love that you live in Tampa – we need to get the Tampa food bloggers together!

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Do you know what Leslie? I have never had Red Velvet cake either… We just don’t have it here. I’m very curious also about it (although the red coloring scares me a bit) but never got around doing it because I have such a hard time finding buttermilk…
    You’re right, that icing looks very good!

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    Bridgett says:

    Yummy! I love red velvet cakes/cupcakes. You did a beautiful job decorating them too!

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    ΛΑΜΠΡΟΣ (Lambros) says:

    Hi Leslie !
    Im Lambros from Greece! I just come to say hello and congratulate you for your amazing blog! What a beautiful cake you made … I love cakes and especially those with chocolate 🙂
    Im quite new in blogs. I created a bilingual blog (Greek-English) called Psarotopos (Fish place) with Seafood (Greek and International kitchen)!
    I am expecting you (and your friends of course) there to tell me your opinion!!!


  12. 12

    Wow that’s some fancy stuff!

    I have wanted to break out my icing tubes for a while…I might just have to make some (red velvet?) cupcakes soon.

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    I’ve never really thought about that. It sounds like fun, though! I don’t know what I’m going to do “when I grow up” but I know I want to travel and experience other cultures.

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    i firmly believe that all cream cheese frosting is magnificent. 🙂
    i love red velvet cake–i’m glad you got your first taste of it!

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    You all have No idea how yummy these were. I could have DRANK the icing! Yum Les!

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    Oh yay!!! I’m so glad you liked these… the photos are fantastic!

    And that you – and your readers who stopped by my site – for the birthday wishes. I am going to love using my new food processor 🙂 🙂

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    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those look stunning! I have had red velvet cake once, but I don’t think it was a very good one, after all the rage it has been getting lately. I may have to give it a second chance! need my address? 😉

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    Now those came out fantastic! I haven’t been doing much cooking lately. It’s 1000 degrees outside and humid.
    I have been eating strawberries & Cool Whip though! Ha ha
    I have to try the red velvet sometime soon, as everyone does swear by it.
    Really nice job.

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    Southern Plate says:

    PERFECT red velvet!! I can smell it, I can taste it!!
    Congratulations on finally trying it, I hope you are hooked!!!
    I just love your pics…..

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    winedeb says:

    Leslie, I have never seen such a pretty display of cupcakes. I have made red velvet cake and am loving the idea of making it into cupcakes! I have a friend who adores red velvet cake and now I can do the cupcakes for her!
    Nice photos:)
    Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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    I love how the frosting! Cream cheese is always good.. so much better than the shortening stuff. Your cake looks so fluffy.

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    This is not a shock to me because I never tasted them. Yours look georgous.

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    I really love the dragees you used. I never had red velvet either until a couple of years ago when my chef wanted me to make some for the bakery case. I expected it to taste “red,” but they were surprisingly tasty. Good job!

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    These look so professional…magazine stuff, I’m impressed! Not to mention those silver pearls 🙂

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    Lynne J. says:

    OMG! Leslie, these look AWESOME!!! I have never seen Red Velvet cupcakes look this good. I’m not normally a big sweet eater, but I MUST try these and since Red Velvet happens to be my manager’s favourite cake, I believe I will make these tomorrow to take to the office on Monday.

    Thanks for sharing this AB FAB recipe.

    Oh, and I found your blog from Jenn D’s site.

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    Ok, I love red velvet cake and these little cupcakes look incredible with the fancy cream cheese frosting. Really beautiful!

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    Well executed!!!!

    I love red velvet cake. My wife makes a mean RV cake. These look like decadence unleashed!

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    jodycakes says:

    These are a PERFECT representation of the Red Velvet…this is probably one of my most popular orders to customers…in fact I just did a large wedding in Ventura – and because cream cheese frosting is not the purtiest to decorate with, we decided to do a beautiful smaller 3 tiered in chocolate…and then a huge sheet cake (that no one would see) to be cut up and served by the caterers…the bride just called and said that her California guests were enamored with the red velvet…Me, being from the South, grew up with this and I thought everyone knew of such a wonderful thing!!!
    Your cupcakes look to die for…be sure to keep that one in your repetoire…blow everyone away!!!