Buttermilk Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Kate Reid Modified: March 24, 2022
Buttermilk Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

How To Make Buttermilk Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

With their vibrant color and pleasant chocolate flavor, these buttermilk-enhanced red velvet cupcakes are probably the best you’ll ever make.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 3⅓cupcake flour,not self rising
  • ¾cupunsalted butter,(12 tbsp), room temperature
  • cupsugar
  • 3largeeggs,room temperature
  • 2tbspliquid red food coloring
  • 3tbspcocoa powder,unsweetened
  • tspvanilla extract
  • tspsalt
  • cupbuttermilk
  • tspwhite vinegar
  • tspbaking soda

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1cupunsalted butter,(2 sticks), room temperature
  • 8ozcream cheese,room temperature
  • ¼tspsalt
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • cuppowdered sugar
  • 1tbspmilk,plus more if needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter and sugar and mix on medium speed until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk the food coloring, cocoa powder and vanilla together; add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well. Stir the salt into the buttermilk and add to the batter in three parts, alternating with the cake flour, starting and ending with flour.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar and baking soda; add to the batter and mix well.

  5. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter and bake in preheated oven for 17 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not over bake.

  6. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Cool completely and top with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, cream cheese, salt and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. If frosting is too thick, add a little milk.


  • Calories: 478.52kcal
  • Fat: 21.20g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.83g
  • Trans Fat: 0.65g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.53g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.01g
  • Carbohydrates: 69.26g
  • Fiber: 0.69g
  • Sugar: 50.36g
  • Protein: 4.45g
  • Cholesterol: 83.89mg
  • Sodium: 311.39mg
  • Calcium: 47.20mg
  • Potassium: 97.93mg
  • Iron: 2.00mg
  • Vitamin A: 192.28µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.18mg
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