Red velvet cupcakes

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What is so special about this cake, I wonder,  it seems like everybody is trying to make or sell red velvet cake now.   It’s basically a chocolate cake with loads of red colouring in it.    Which is why I’m a bit reluctant to eat this cake.  But probably, the bright red colour is what makes this cake unique.   Just like our colourful kek lapis Sarawak.

I’ve tried baking this cake before, however this time I think I’ve found a good recipe.  Here goes :

Makes about 24 domed cupcakes or more flat ones / can be baked as a cake using a 8 inch pan.

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoon red food colouring (or less, up to you)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
4 eggs



Preheat oven at 175C.  Mix the dry ingredients – flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda and salt.  Set aside.  Now mix the wet ingredients ie the buttermilk, vanilla and food colouring.  In your mixer, beat butter and sugar, medium speed for about 5 minutes.  Add eggs one by one.  Then add the dry ingredient, alternating with the wet one. Scrape the bowl and ensure all is mix well.  Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.

The Red Velvet cupcakes turn out beautiful, but my maid and daughter sworn that I had overdosed on the red colouring.  And I am sure my husband thinks so, too.   I have taken a teeny-weeny bite and the taste is good.   As for the topping, it is usually served with Cream cheese topping, white chocolate cream cheese topping or buttercream.

Note :

For those who are a bit health-conscious, you could substitute the red colouring with beet root juice.   Wrap the beets in an aluminium foil and bake at 175C for 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hr depending on size.  The juice will be trapped in the foil and you could use this in the cake.  The colour, however, will not be as red as using the artificial food colouring.


Yasmin says:

Sama-sama Tweezar :)

tweezar says:

Tq Kak Min for the recipe…. i’ve done so many times it taste great ;)

Yasmin says:

Elsa, thank you, it is a unique cake and hopefully I’ll find a good old natural recipe to make it. Thanks for visiting.

Elsa S. says:


I just discovered this blog and I love it!!!

But I wanted to say that the Red Velvet cake is not a chocolate cake with a whole bunch of red coloring.

The reddish-brown color of the cake originally was from a reaction of the cocoa powder with an acidic ingredient such as buttermilk but nowadays people have simplified it by adding the red coloring to a vanilla or white cake.

Yasmin says:

Thank you Makcik. Tkasih Zarida for the great tip, will visit your blog nanti.

Zarida says:

Min…I realize that u didn’t use white vinegar which is one of the must ingredients in all recipes that i’ve gone thru. The vinegar and soda is mixed last..after everything has been mixed, and then pour it into the mixed batter. This is to give volume and lighten the cake. U will see that the soda and vinegar mixture will bubble up. So..we need to fold it quickly into the batter. I myself don’t really like the taste if stand alone…eating it with cream cheese frosting will be much nicer. I also reduce the colour and buttermilk..coz I think both are too strong…Anyway…like ur wesite very much…I’m just starting to create my blog…tak berapa pandai lagi… http://amandamawar.blogspot.com/. Browse thru and give advice…plz..tq.

makcikkantin says:

Salam kenal,

Fallen in love with these fondant thingy…tu yang sampai ke sini. Nice cakes you do & very informative too.

Yasmin says:

Try Giant, Cold Storage Nor.

nor says:

Min, Where to get the buttermilk.



Yasmin says:

Salam Hazlina, sorry akak tak jual apa2 tools. Boleh order online dari UK tu.

Hazlina Asaruddin says:

Puan Min

Boleh tak saya nak order moulds untuk perfect pearl borders…macamana caranya.



Yasmin says:

Hani, the bear is not edible, from Wilton. Thanx :)

hani says:

I’m with u on the color Min, freaks me out.
d pink bear on top caught me, is dat sugar?