High Heels and Grills: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Funny story: My grandma loved Red Velvet cake. Like love, love, loved it. So one year, when she requested it for her birthday, my dad soon found that Wal-Mart was clean out of the mix for it. (And since Wal-Mart was basically the only shopping center around, that was very bad news.) He got a little creative and bought a white cake mix and dyed it red, thinking he could fool her. One bite and she proclaimed, "Oh my goodness, this is the best Red Velvet cake I've ever had!" We seriously all just about died laughing! It's kind of an inside family joke now - the time that Dad lied to Grandma on her birthday. She has passed away since and I don't think we ever did tell her it was a fake.

Don't worry though, this recipe is definitely not a fake. It is the best Red Velvet that I really have ever had! Of course, I don't know how anybody could not love a Paula Deen recipe.


For the cupcakes:
  • 1-1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. red food coloring
  • 1 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. cocoa powder

For the frosting:
  • 2 - 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  1. CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine well until smooth.
  5. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill each one about 2/3 full with batter.
  6. Bake in oven for 18-20 minutes - test with a toothpick for doneness.
  7. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.
  8. FROSTING: Mix cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth.
  9. Add the powdered sugar in small increments, on low speed and beat until incorporated - increase the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy.
  10. Frost cupcakes with a knife of pastry bag.

Sometimes when I bake cupcakes, I pretend I'm on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. You should try it. It's more exhilarating than you'd think!


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  1. Yum!!! Red velvet is my absolute favorite!! I'm pinning this

  2. Oohh girl you just hit the spot my fave cake/cup cake hopefully someone will make me on for my bday next week

  3. Great - I looooooove red-velvet cake/cupcakes

  4. Red velvet is one of my favorites. Sounds delish!! I’d love to have you link this up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. http://mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

    Thanks, Nichi

  5. Thanks so much for linking up Sarah. Always great to have new followers. I'm your latest follower. Can't wait to 'sift' through your recipes. They all look fabulous!

    anne xx

  6. Thanks for following Carole's Chatter. Cheers

  7. Ha!! That's such a cute story! And I totally agree--who doesn't like a Paula Deen recipe?! During Christmas, my grandmother always makes red velvet cake balls, and this sounds like an awesome recipe to try it with!
    Have a great weekend!
    Erika @ Southern Belle as an Army Wife

  8. These look so good! And they're topped off with cream cheese frosting yum!! I'm gonna have to make these. Thanks for sharing.

  9. oh these look so pretty and very tasty
    come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  10. I love red velvet cake. Thank you for sharing.

  11. I love red velvet cupcakes and I love Paula Deen!

  12. I am drooling now ... Thanks :) These look so good!
    New follower, Francine

  13. Red velvet cupcakes..delicious and "dangerous".. Yum! Great photo, too.

  14. Red velvet is my fave after chocolate! Your cupcakes look simply delicious!

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  16. Found you through the blog hop. Can't wait to try this recipe, maybe tomorrow! Joined your site as a follower, so I'll be back!
    Karen @ BakingInATornado

  17. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  18. Ok - I admit it, I've never tried red velvet cupcakes - but I've seen them around so much, I'm pinning these and I'm going to give them a bash! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. Love that fun story! It mostly struck me as really kind of your dad, who wanted to make his mom happy, that is so sweet! Another gorgeous photo, too, love the little pearls on top!

  20. This recipe is one of the features this week! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! I hope to see you again Tuesday! :)

  21. Thanks so much for linking up to Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!

  22. Looks delish! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  23. Hi. i came over from Domesticity. I want to make this recipe but that seems like a lot of oil 1 1/2 cups or is it 1/2 cup? thanks

    1. Yes, it is 1 and 1/2 cups. It does seem like a lot, but you're also not using any butter or anything either, so this makes up for it. I hope you like them!!


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