Red Velvet

For some reason or another red velvet cupcakes have always alluded me.  Every time I’ve tested a recipe I was faced with the exact same problem. They didn’t rise, they had hard and cracked tops and just didn’t look like a cake you’d ever want near your mouth.  I’ve always blamed the oven, I mean, it can’t be me…. can it?

Since the move I’ve obviously gained a brand new oven, so now was the perfect time to test my hypothesis!  Was it the evil old oven with the seal hanging off (thanks mister landlord) or was it in fact, me.  Rather than following any old recipe, I took elements of all of my failed attempts and created a recipe which I believe could solve my little problem.  Turns out I was right, it was the bloody oven!  These cakes came out perfectly!  The rose beautifully and have an amazingly light and fluffy texture.

When it came to showing my first red velvet success I instantly knew I had to use my adorable red car cupcake wrappers from Just Bake!  Normally I’m not a fan of cupcake wrappers, too fussy for my tastes but the moment I laid eyes upon these little sweethearts I was smitten.  Reminiscent of the wonderful Orla Kielys car print designs, they’re just perfect for showing off your creations.

Red Velvet Cupcakes



65g unsalted butter, softened

150g caster sugar

130g plain flour

125ml buttermilk
1 large egg

1tbsp cocoa powder

1/2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2tsp white wine vinegar

1tsp red food colouring paste

pinch of salt



Preheat oven to 160C and line a cupcake tray with 12 liners.


Sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt then, in a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk and red food colouring together.  Set aside.


In a bowl attached to an electric mixer whip the butter and sugar together until the mixture turns pale and creamy.  With the speed up high, add the egg and whisk for a few minutes.  Add 1/2 of the flour mixture followed by the buttermilk and colouring before adding the remainder of the flour.  Mix well to combine.


Working quickly mix the bicarb and vinegar together allowing it t fizz up slightly before adding it to the cake batter. Quickly fold in into the cake batter.


Divide the batter between the cupcake liners and bake for 23 minutes until risen and a skewer inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the tin for five minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.




  1. Rachel
    January 19, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    These look delicious, and I love your cupcake cases! I love making red velvet, but I always seem to stain my hands for a few days doing it!

  2. Beth Sachs
    January 19, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Amazing photo's!

  3. Domonique Wilson
    January 19, 2012 / 9:11 pm

    So adorable. I am most definitely going to try your recipe as I tried an American one and they turned out horrible!The cases are amazing!

  4. Jo
    January 20, 2012 / 12:17 am

    These look gorgeous, your icing is perfect! Glad to hear you have a healthy oven now. I made red velvets once last year but was a bit confused by their flavour (chocolatey/not chocolatey flavour?) but I'd definitely like to make them again as they turned out well.

  5. Manderley de GuindillayCanela
    January 20, 2012 / 11:16 am

    Good! Must be yumm!xoxo

  6. MissCakeBaker
    January 20, 2012 / 11:39 am

    They look lovely. The wrappers are so cute.

  7. el taller de cuina
    January 20, 2012 / 1:43 pm

    They look lovely!kisses

  8. Carissa
    January 20, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    This is making me hungry, they look delicious!Carissa xx Vanilla Crush Blog

  9. Mel
    January 22, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    These cases are gorgeous. I too have experienced exactly the same problem with red velvets – they rave about them in the US but I never made them very successfully. Will have to try this recipe – thanks!

  10. Helen
    January 22, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Those wrappers are so cute!

  11. Lottiesworldofcakesandbakes
    January 24, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    I love the way you have piped your icing!

  12. SRees42
    January 28, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    How many eggs, please?

  13. Katiecakes
    January 28, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    Eeek, can't believe I forgot eggs. Amended the recipe!It's one large egg 🙂

  14. Charis
    January 29, 2012 / 10:35 pm

    those cupcake cases look too awesome!

  15. Lousia Jones
    June 26, 2012 / 9:03 am

    I Love these 🙂 I've only ever made large red velvet cakes (that didn't really look very red :S) but I will definitely give the cupcakes a go!

  16. Chelsea
    July 16, 2012 / 10:59 am

    Could you please let us know your icing recipe. It looks divine.

  17. Constantinos Kyriacou
    December 5, 2014 / 10:55 pm

    Hi Katie! Such an amazing recipe! Could I have the recipe for the frosting?

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