Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet is a pretty cake! Basically it’s vanilla cake with a hint of chocolate and a tender moist velvety crumb. And of course the rich deep red hue, which gives it the name and makes it look all fancy and exciting.

I recently bought Neeta Mehta’s ‘Cupcakes and Brownies’ and was keen to do a batch of cupcakes in the new oven. The first recipe was red velvets. I have done red velvet cake sometime back where I used home- made cream cheese for the frosting.

This Bombay visit I picked two tubs of cream cheese and tried the frosting from ‘Joy of Baking’. The cupcakes came out moist and delicious. So much so that I had to actually bake a second batch to serve them frosted!
This gorgeous cream cheese frosting, is good enough to die for!

Here is the recipe for the cake (adapted from Neeta’s cook book)

1 1/3 cup (150 grams) APF/Plain flour/Maida
1 tbsp cocoa powder
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp Raspberry Red liquid food colour (add a little more to get the desired shade of red)
1 cup buttermilk (or a mixture of ¾  cup milk and ¼ cup yogurt/curd/dahi)
¼ cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 egg
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp vinegar

Preheat  the oven to 180C/350 F and line a 12 muffin pan with paper liners.
1In a medium bowl, sift the flour and whisk with the salt, baking powder and cocoa.
2In a large bowl, beat the butter for a minute. Add sugar and beat for another couple of minutes.
IMG_7142IMG_7143Add the vanilla extract and egg and mix till incorporated.
IMG_7147In a bowl add the food colour to the buttermilk.

IMG_7145IMG_7165Now add one thirds of the flour mixture and mix in.
IMG_7150Then half the buttermilk-colour mixture and mix and continue till all the flour is used up, starting and ending with the flour.
IMG_7166Take the vinegar in a small bowl and add in the baking soda. It will bubble. Quickly stir and add to the batter and mix well.
Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, spoon in the cake batter into the lined muffin pan.
IMG_7168Bake for 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cup cake comes out clean.
4Transfer to the wire rack and cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
This, by far, is the best frosting I have ever had. Mildly sweet with a hint of tang, this totally trumps all others in the flavour arena. Or maybe I feel that being a die-hard citrusy dessert lover 😛
The recipe is from Joy of Baking ( with minor changes)

180 grams cream cheese, at room temperature (I used 1 tub of Britannia Processed Cream Cheese)
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
50 grams icing or powdered sugar , sifted
125 millilitres of heavy cream /whipping cream ( I used Rich cream), chilled

Put a steel bowl in the freezer to chill.
Beat the cream cheese till smooth (about 30 seconds).
IMG_7187IMG_7188Add the sugar and vanilla and beat till soft and creamy (2 minutes).
IMG_7192Now get the chilled steel bowl and the chilled heavy cream out of the fridge and beat the cream to stiff peaks. I put it the bowl over a bed of ice because of the afternoon heat and the temperature in high 30s. It helped.
IMG_7193IMG_7194IMG_7196Add the cream cheese mix to the heavy cream and whisk together for half a minute.
IMG_7198It becomes nice, thick and creamy and doesn’t drop easily even if the bowl is inverted.
IMG_7199Fill the piping bag and push all the frosting down till  the frosting peaks from the tip of the piping bag.
IMG_7203IMG_7204With a firm and steady hand, make swirls over the cupcakes. Well I am a beginner and a very reluctant ‘froster’ as you can see here 😛 But it did get better by the fourth cupcake 😀
IMG_7205Too lazy to do that? Simply slather all over the cuppies and enjoy country style!
Heaven either ways ❤
And if you have the heart to do it, crumble a cuppie and sprinkle all over the frosted others 😀
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Best used the same day, but can be refrigerated for up to two days.
And now  😀


38 thoughts on “Red Velvet Cupcakes with a Perfect Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Garima…ur a rockstar!!!! Love the gusto with which you learn n share the drool worthy treats!!! The pictures further add to the happiness. I’m always checking my mail to see if there is anything from cafe garima and what’s in store today!!! I have never made these before but I’m so tempted post your mail n simplified instructions.
    Thank you for being such an awesome soul!!! Cheers. Rinku xoxo

  2. Hi Garima

    The cake looks very good and I am tempted to make it.
    Though I have tried to make it earlier also , the only problem I face is getting the right colour. I live in delhi and really do not know which colour to use. Please can you tell me which brand colour do you use ? It will be of great help.


  3. Hi,

    With what and how much qty of it, can I replace ur egg with, for an eggless version of this?


  4. Omg.. Divine.. Such beautiful tiny sugary treat… I remember you started your blog around same time last year… And now look at the extensive index page are fab, I love the way you explain your recipes 😊☺️

      1. Yes I remember you did the shubh aarambh of your blog with rasgulla- the famous no fail recipe 😊..afterall, I also became popular in my family because of that 😜😋

  5. Hi Garima,
    Made these cuppies today and they taste great, with a velvety texture. The frosting is great too. (I used amul cream)

    U rock!!

  6. Hey Garima..your recipes are simply awesome.
    Can u please tell me what is the replacement of egg in this recipe. or can post the eggless version.

  7. Hi Garima

    Today I tried ur red velvet cupcake rcp..I used d same raspberry red liquid colour in fact 1 tblsp..but that red colour like usrs did not come..vot may b d reason??..thnx…

  8. Hi Garima
    all your reciepes are fool proof!!! u r just amazing.
    im gonna try d velvet cuppies too.if you could help me…can i substitute the rasberry colour with beetroot??(as i want to make for my little one)if yes what should be the procedure???thanx in advance
    keep rocking!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Manisha
      Thanks for the lovely words ❤
      I tried with beetroot but the texture was very bad 😦
      You could skip the colour and just make a velvet cake 🙂

  9. Hey Garima. Beautiful cuppies. I noticed the recipe of red velvet cake and cupcake is slightly different. Can I use this exact recipe to make cake instead? Any changes?

    1. Hi Frency
      Thank you so much 🙂
      Yeah I used two different recipes. I don’t think there should be any problems using the cuppies recipe for a cake. I guess you’ll need to up the baking time 🙂

      1. I followed your recipe and baked a cake. It was denser than the regular sponge cakes, but when teamed with your cream cheese frosting it was simply heavenly….. Can’t get over it. Thank you so much. 🙂

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