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Red velvet cupcake with wrapper peeled back and a bite take out of it.
45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time

Red Velvet Cupcakes

14 Reviews

About our Valentine's Day Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe:

Gift your loved one this Valentine's Day with these beautifully-rich red velvet cupcakes. Simply decorate with buttercream and your last Rolo; how romantic!

45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake 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 the mixture does not curdle.

  3. Step 3:

    Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking powder and carefully fold in until just incorporated, do not over mix. Then add the red colour 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 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and the cakes are springy to the touch.

  5. Step 5:

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

  6. Step 6:

    To make the buttercream, place the butter and icing sugar in a large bowl with the vanilla extract and start to beat together slowly to start with then increase the speed and beat until the buttercream is light and fluffy. You can add a few drops of food colour here if you wish.

  7. Step 7:

    Pipe or smooth buttercream onto the top of each cake using a piping bag or palette knife, then place a chocolate sweet on top. Add sweets as extra decorations if desired.


  • For the cupcakes

    • 225g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 225g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 3 Egg(s) (free range) (medium)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 190g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 35g Cocoa powder
    • 10g Baking powder
    • 1 tsp Red food colouring gel
  • For the buttercream

    • 500g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • 250g Butter (unsalted) (softened)
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract

Nutritional Information

per 115g
  • 627cal Energy
  • 35g Fat
  • 21g of which Saturates
  • 73g Carbohydrates
  • 60g of which Sugars
  • 4.4g Protein
  • 0.33g Salt

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