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13Total Time
40Prep Time
23Bake Time

Comic Relief Red Velvet Cupcakes

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About the bake

Go the full hog with Comic Relief fundraising this year by whipping up a batch of these delicious red velvet cupcakes. These are sure to be a winner at any bake sale, especially when finished with a cherry on top.

13Total Time
40Prep Time
23Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C, gas mark 4) and line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cupcake cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add the beaten eggs one by one and the vanilla extract, mixing well between each one to ensure that the mixture does not curdle. Add the buttermilk.

  3. Step 3:

    Sift in the flour, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda, salt,  and carefully fold in until just incorporated. Do not overmix. Then add the red food colour gel and  white wine vinegar and carefully mix until distributed evenly through the batter.

  4. Step 4:

    Spoon into the cupcake cases until they are 2/3 full then place in the oven for 23 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cakes are springy to touch.

  5. Step 5:

    Remove from the oven, leave to cool and then transfer to a cooling wire to cool completely.


  • For the cupcakes

    • 60g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range) (large)
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 0.5 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 150g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 25g Cocoa powder
    • 0.5g Bicarbonate of soda
    • 1.5 tsp Red food colouring (gel (such as wilton))
    • 0.5 tsp Salt
    • 120ml Buttermilk
    • 0.5 tsp Vinegar (white wine)
  • For the buttercream

    • 300g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • 50g Butter (unsalted)
    • 125g Cream cheese


  • Whisk

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