Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Saturday, June 29, 2013


Happy Canada Day Long Weekend to all my Canadian friends! Canada Day is a well celebrated holiday here in Canada and everyone takes part in the many festivities that take place around the country.  From weekend cottage getaways, to fireworks and festivals in the city, there is always something going on to celebrate our country's birthday. My ideal Canada Day tribute would be to eat through a poutine cake topped with bacon and maple syrup but I figured that might be a tad extreme. Instead I ended up making these red velvet cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting!

Red velvet cupcakes are one of my favourite types of cupcake and this recipe is definitely one of the best red velvet cupcakes I've tried out.  The outcome is a flavourful fluffy cupcake with a rich buttery cream cheese frosting.  They are highly addictive and out of the 12 cupcakes this recipe produced I think there's only 5 left..and I made them TODAY!  I might make another batch for the actual holiday on Monday since they were such a hit. 


Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons red food coloring
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2½ cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin/cupcake pan with liners.

2. On medium-high speed, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.

3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter and mix on medium speed until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.

5. Again, reduce the mixer speed to low and add the salt, baking soda and vinegar. Turn to high and beat for another couple of minutes until completely combined and smooth.

6. Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center of the largest cupcake comes out clean.

7. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove cupcakes from the pan and place them on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.


8. To make the frosting: Using the whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese on high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl down as necessary. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Increase the speed to medium high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy, scraping the bowl as necessary.





HAPPY CANADA DAY!

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39 comments

  1. wow These cupcakes look scrumptious, Natalie.

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  2. Those sprinkly maple leaves are so cute! A perfect way to celebrate.

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  3. Very festive cupcakes. Happy Canada Day Natalie!

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  4. Happy Canada Day! Love those maple leaf sprinkles - those are so excellent!

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  5. Only looking at this cute cakes makes me crave for one.
    Happy Canada Day, Natalie!

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  6. They look delicious and so pretty!

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  7. ooooh.. looks so good. I've never made red velvet with butter, always with oil and it's been so moist. I gotta try butter once.

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  8. A belated Happy Canada Day. These cupcakes look delicious and I love the frosting!

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  9. Our favorite cupcake!!! Love this classic!

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  10. Dear Natalie, what a wonderful way to celebrate! Red Velvet Cupcakes are a favorite in my family. Yours looks absolutely perfect! Blessings, Catherine xo

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  11. Well, I could eat the poutine cake, too, but these cupcakes look awfully good. And I noticed those cute sprinkles, too!

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  12. Red velvet is one of my weaknesses!The sight of these just makes my knees buckle.

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  13. Happy Canada Day to you too Natalie! Love the red velvet cupcakes to celebrate with and the maple leaves are too cool.

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  14. Happy Canada to you! My sister and nephews are Canadians so I'm partial to Canadian holidays and who wouldn't be if we could have gorgeous cupcakes like these?

    Gorgeous photos Natalie!

    Nazneen

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  15. Happy Canada Day. I have a good friend here in the States from Canada and now I can mention this to her. Those cupcakes look so awesome!!

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  16. Hope you enjoyed Canada Day! These cupcakes are adorable. It's hard to go wrong with red velvet!

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  17. Such a great colour for your holiday!

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  18. What a festive, gorgeous batch of cupcakes - I love red velvet! Those little maple leaf sprinkles are the cutest!

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  19. Oh my, these look so yummy.. love that cream cheese frosting!

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  20. Oh, Natalie. These cupcakes look DELIGHTFUL, and I hope you had a Happy Canada Day! Also... if I made these, I'm sure they'd be gone just as quickly in my house!

    And those sprinkles? The absolute CUTEST!

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  21. Those cupcakes look lovely Natalie! Happy belated Canada Day :)

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  22. Now are those sprinkles perfect or what? Love it! Red velvet is so perfect for the theme, and the flavor never gets old. Hope you had a Happy Canada Day!

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  23. Happpy Belated Canada Day Natalie! Love red velvet cupcakes and your choice of maple leaf sprinkles is perfect for this occasion! SO cute!

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  24. Happy Belated Canada Day! These look like they turned out SO good - I wish I could have one right now! =)

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  25. Happy Canada Day! Cupcakes are a great way to celebrate any day. I love those little maple leaf sprinkles - adorable!

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  26. Cream cheese frosting is by far my fav! These look like the perfect way to celebrate.

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  27. Oh they look perfect! I love the little maple leaf sprinkles - they really do make sprinkles for everything, don't they? I was even able to find pink pig sprinkles! LOL! Happy belated Canada day!

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  28. I want these beautiful cupcakes so much, they are actually perfect :D
    Love the Canada Day celebrations!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  29. Nothing beats a classic red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting! Your cupcakes look perfect and i am loving those red maple leaf sprinkles :)

    A belated happy canada day to you!

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  30. These cupcakes look stunning !
    Happy canada day to you too Natalie !

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  31. Red velvets are my favorite! These are definitely perfect for Canada day!!

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  32. Such a classic cake flavour that never gets old. Always a favourite to be sure.

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  33. our all time favorite southern cake,love it in all forms,such a luscious red color,you have made them perfect
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  34. A belated Happy Canada Day to you! So envious you get to live in Canada, where I am from and hope to move back to at some point.

    These look like the perfect way to celebrate.

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  35. I love red velvet cupcakes and yours look so perfect! I love the creamy frosting and the red cake peeking out :)

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  36. Oh Natalie, these red velvet cupcakes look so good, and so pretty with the sprinkles....love it!
    Happy Belated Canada Day :D

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  37. These sound like a glorious thing to eat

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  38. I like the sound of these, love red velvet.

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